Founded as a monastic house in the late twelfth century, Newstead became the Byron family seat in 1540. Newstead's most famous owner, the poet Lord Byron, sold the property in 1818. Newstead Abbey remained a private country house until 1931, when it was presented to the Nottingham Corporation for the public to enjoy. Explore the medieval cloisters, splendid Victorian room settings and the private apartments of the poet Byron. Browse in the library and marvel at the extensive panelling in the Great Hall, all reputed to have come from a single oak tree! See the fascinating collection of paintings and furniture throughout the house. A display for families invites you to try on replicas of some of Lord Byrons favourite clothes and be transformed into the romantic hero!
The University of Nottingham is a leading research and teaching university in the city of Nottingham, in the East Midlands of England. It is a member of the Russell Group of leading British universities, and of Universitas 21, an international network of research-led universities. In 2004, it had more than 27,000 registered students, with more than 10 applicants per place. This included over 4,000 international students from more than 100 countries. Its current Chancellor and President is the distinguished Chinese physicist Professor Fujia Yang, and its Vice-Chancellor Sir Colin Campbell.
Notts County Football Club are a football club based in Nottingham, England. In 2005-06 the club will play in League Two of The Football League. Nicknamed The Magpies, the club is one of two professional football clubs in Nottingham, the other being their old enemies Nottingham Forest. The Magpies play their home games at the Meadow Lane stadium and play in a black and white striped kit, which was the inspiration for Juventus's strip of the same design. Though they have not won a great deal of major silverware in their history, County are considered to be one of the most famous 'little' clubs in English football.
With over 100 years of history, Nottingham Racecourse offers a wealth of tradition, great facilities and excellent value for money. At its heart is the modern Centenary Stand, complimented by the recently refurbished Grandstand. Nottingham Racecourse runs a fixture list starting in March until November and offers two enclosures. The Members Enclosure is Nottingham's premier facility offering the opportunity to become a 'Day Member' entitling you to unlimited access to all public areas of the course. The modern Centenary Stand boasts splendid views of the racecourse, parade ring and winner's enclosure - providing an ideal base for a perfect day. The Grandstand Enclosure is a popular choice for many racegoers, offering the largest enclosure and the 'hubbub' of the main betting ring. A great day out with lively bars and fabulous views of the course from the main Grandstand viewing area.
The ground from a distance looks quite picturesque sitting on the banks of the River Trent. Both ends have been re-developed during the 1990's, much improving the overall appearance. At one end, the Bridgford Stand houses away fans in the lower tier;it is odd because one third of this stand was built lower then the rest, due to a local Council planning requirement to allow sunlight through to the houses in nearby Colwick Road. Opposite, the Trent End, is the most recent addition to the ground. It is a large two tiered stand that looks quite smart. One unusual feature of the stand, is that running across the middle are a number of rows of seatingenclosed within a covered shaded glass area.