Where is Nottinghamshire?
Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands region of England. It has an area of 2,068 square kilometres and extends into the Pennines. It borders Derbyshire to the west; Lincolnshire to the north; Leicestershire to the east; South Yorkshire and North Yorkshire to the south-east; and Northamptonshire to the south-west.
Areas in Nottinghamshire
There are several areas in Nottinghamshire that are popular with home buyers. These include the city of Nottingham, Mansfield, Newark-on-Trent and Worksop.
Nottingham – Nottingham, the county’s largest town, offers vibrant nightlife as well as some excellent shopping opportunities in The Lace Market and Victoria Centre. It also boasts world-class sports facilities including an ice rink and sports stadium at Trent Bridge.
Newark-on-Trent – the town of Newark is steeped in history with some stunning buildings, including St Mary’s Church which dates back to 1230. This historic town is home to an imposing castle and enjoys excellent transport links to Nottingham and London.
Mansfield – Mansfield is a bustling market town that offers something for everyone, from independent shops and pubs to a cinema and bowling alley. The town also has several large parks including Clipstone Country Park.
Worksop – located in the heart of the Nottinghamshire countryside, Worksop is a popular choice for those looking for a rural retreat because it is surrounded by beautiful countryside yet still has plenty of local amenities and attractions.
Universities in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire is home to two universities: The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University. Both are highly respected institutions, with a good reputation for teaching.
The University of Nottingham – located in the city of Nottingham, the University of Nottingham is one of the largest in the UK with over 36,000 students. The university has a strong focus on research and was ranked joint 34th in the world for its research power in the 2016 QS World University Rankings.
Nottingham Trent University – located in Nottingham city centre, Nottingham Trent University is one of the country’s largest post-1992 universities with over 37,000 students. Nottingham Trent University offers a range of courses at all levels and has an excellent reputation for teaching excellence.
Top Schools in Nottinghamshire
As well as two universities, there are also a number of good schools in the area: Forest Fields Primary School, Top Valley Academy, and Bilborough College all received ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted ratings in recent years.
Forest Fields Primary School – is a co-educational school with around 510 students from the age of three to 11 and has a nursery on-site. The school achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted in 2012.
Bilborough College – is the largest college in Nottinghamshire, and one of the largest colleges in the country, with around 16,000 students, Bilborough College offers a wide range of A-levels and vocational courses.
Top Valley Academy – is an all-through school with students from ages three to 18. It has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in every category and is one of the few schools in Nottinghamshire to hold this accolade.
Population of Nottinghamshire
The population of Nottinghamshire is estimated at 970,000 people, which makes it one of England’s smaller counties by size and quite densely populated compared to other areas further north.