Now, most people who go to Nottingham usually only go to two places: the giant shopping plaza and Nottingham Castle. I can't say much about the shopping plaza because I'm not much of a shopper, but Nottingham Castle is definitely worth a look around. Also, there's an excellent opportunity for a photo-op with the statue of Robin Hood. Inside the castle grounds there is an art museum and a walk-through of the story of Robin Hood. The story exhibit is set-up well, especially if you unleash your inner child. If you don't mind acting like a child, they have a dress-up section in the basement with scenes set-up, so you can feel as if you've walked into the famous myths. Of course, if you don't feel comfortable with pretending you're Maid Marian, then you can laugh at your friends who have no inhibitions of acting out a love scene with the cardboard cut-out of Robin Hood.
However, one of Nottingham's little known tourist attractions is one of the coolest and creepiest. The Galleries of Justice show Nottingham's darker side with the infamous Sherif of Nottingham leading the way. Way back when, crowds would gather in front of this building to watch criminals be punished and hanged. Needless to say, they don't do things like that anymore. However, the cavernous jail is still there, perfectly preserved, carved into the miles of rock and limestone the city rests on top of. The best part: there's an interactive tour! A convict from the past takes your tour group around while you explore the damp underground prison. Not only is the tour guide a convict, but you get a convict number when you buy a ticket, so you get to play along. Yours truly was caught breaking and entering and sentenced to twelve months in prison! Don't ask me why I'm so excited about that.