How Safe Is Nottingham for Travel?

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham is a city in England, and its residents lovingly refer to it as the “Queen of the Midlands”.

It is famous for being the home of the world-renowned legend Robin Hood.

It is steeped in history and legend and you can spend a lifetime learning about its caves, Robin Hood legends and medieval history.

Nottingham has a vibrant city centre that hosts everything from a beach in the summer through to food festivals, regular markets, gaming expos and a whole range of other manifestations.

Some call Nottingham bland, but for what drama and extravagance you miss out on, you get quite a bit of security and its a good place to settle down.

Warnings & Dangers in Nottingham

Overall Risk


Nottingham is mostly safe, generally, though it has a bad reputation. Crime rates are low and the most common form of crime is car theft and break-ins.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transportation is relatively safe and reliable in Nottingham, but it is still somewhat known for pickpockets raiding public transport, so do be careful.

Pickpockets Risk


There is some risk of encountering a pickpocket, especially around the city square and on the transportation system. Apply the basic laws of precaution to avoid such a situation, and follow your common sense.

Natural Disasters Risk


There aren't any risks of natural disasters happening in Nottingham, apart from extreme amounts of rain.

Mugging Risk


Nottingham is mostly safe when it comes to mugging and kidnapping, but it is recommended that you avoid poorly lit and deserted streets and dangerous areas.

Terrorism Risk


The United Kingdom has recently been targeted by terrorist attacks and it is now publicly announced that the threat to the UK is severe.

Scams Risk


As in any tourist destination, there is a risk of getting scammed. Check your change twice, negotiate everything in advance, never pay upfront, and be wary of people trying to distract your offering you unsolicited help with your luggage or anything else, as it might be a trick to steal from you.

Women Travelers Risk


Nottingham is mostly very safe for women to travel to. Just follow your basic common sense and general rules of things to avoid, and you should be fine.

So... How Safe Is Nottingham Really?

Nottingham has a bad reputation for being unsafe, but applying basic measures of precaution will make you as safe as you would be in any other city.

Like most big cities in the UK and the world, residents in Nottingham mostly suffer from petty night crimes, such as anti-social behavior, house break-in, vehicle theft, etc.

Nottingham, during the 70s and 80s, was a very safe place to be, but things changed in the mid-90s when gangs moved in and overwhelmed the local police who just weren’t equipped to handle them.

The ‘Shottingham’ label that Nottingham used to have had worn off and crime have gone down massively within recent years.

Nottingham today is comparable to most average UK cities such as Leicester, Sheffield, etc.

Admittedly, some of the mid-range areas are no longer quite as desirable, but general crime, both petty and violent has improved a lot over the past 10 years.

Avoid Hyson Green and Radford, Basford.

Not because they are dangerous, just because they aren’t as pleasant as the rest.

The one exception is burglary which is still pretty bad compared to average UK cities but not as bad as in other crime-ridden cities such as Liverpool, Sunderland, Salford, etc.

How Does Nottingham Compare?

CitySafety Index
Northern Ireland56
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63

Useful Information

  • Visas - Member countries of the EU do not need visas to enter the United Kingdom, as well as some other countries, but there is a considerable number of countries that do. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the United Kingdom.
  • Currency - The British pound is the currency in Nottingham. Keep in mind that this is one of the most expensive countries in Europe and the prices of accommodation in most cities in the country are skyrocketing. You should bear in mind that you will need about 100£ per day, including accommodation.
  • Weather - The weather in Nottingham is mild with cool summers, and heavy rainfalls during the year. The best time to visit is during summer, from June to August.
  • Airports - Nottingham Airport, also known as Nottingham City Airport, is located in Tollerton, Nottinghamshire, England. It is located some 5.6 km southeast of Nottingham City Centre.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Nottingham, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Nottingham Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 4° C
Feb 4° C
Mar 6° C
Apr 8° C
May 12° C
Jun 15° C
Jul 16° C
Aug 16° C
Sep 14° C
Oct 11° C
Nov 6° C
Dec 5° C
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3 Reviews on Nottingham

  1. Living here

    Scruffy city, bad roads, majority of people are uneducated and rude (locals). Gangs crimes are very low compared with past. Got decent historical heritage. In general would descibe as student city. Positive sides: lots of places to go out in the evening, Wallaton park, Robin Hood castle. In general safe to visit.

  2. The locals are probably not as well educated as in some other cities (blame the right-on local education authority for that), however, I expect most of them could spell Wollaton Park correctly!

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    Anonymous says:

    “High Terrorism Risk”? Really? I live in Lincoln, not far away, and I’ve never heard of a terrorist attack ever happening in the whole of the East Midlands, let alone Nottingham. By public transport, Nottingham is very well-connected, with a major railway station and a tram network (which most cities don’t have). I hear bicycle thefts are common, though, so just use your common sense and you’ll be okay.

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