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The City of Nottingham
Nottingham is a city in Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, England. It is 128 miles (206 km) north of London and 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Birmingham. Nottingham is known for the legend of Robin Hood. It is also associated with lace-making, bicycle production (notably Raleigh bikes), and tobacco industries.
Nottingham is a major sporting centre. In 2015, the city was named ‘Home of English Sport’. The National Ice Centre, Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, and Trent Bridge international cricket ground are all based in or around the city. Nottingham was named as the UK’s first City of Football. It is the home of Notts County, and Nottingham Forest professional football clubs. The city has professional rugby, ice hockey, and cricket teams. It also hosts the Aegon Nottingham Open international tennis tournament on the ATP and WTA tours.
Nottingham's literary heritage
Nottingham has a great literary heritage, with links to Lord Byron, D. H. Lawrence, and Alan Sillitoe. There is a contemporary literary community, a publishing industry, and a poetry scene.
The city is served by three universities, the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, and the Nottingham campus of the University of Law.
Nottingham Castle was constructed in 1068. Sherwood Forest is 21 miles north of the city, near Mansfield. It is a royal forest, similar to the New Forest, and is famous for its historic association with the legend of Robin Hood.
Another town with a great literary heritage is Stratford-upon-Avon which is 69 miles from Nottingham.