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Big nights out, non-stop action, and a serious selection of activities to choose from... Nottingham is an elite stag city.

Yes, you'll struggle to throw an underwhelming send-off for the groom here.

Scroll on to discover how to boss a party weekend in Nottingham and find out all you need to know about where to stay, what to do, and where to party.

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Is Nottingham Right for Your Group?

Nottingham is very versatile and can cater to any stag group.

  • Want a chilled weekend? You got it.
  • Want a fast-paced 100 mph celebration? No problem.
  • Want to host a mini-festival for the groom at a cracking glamping site just outside the city? Step this way.

Yes, whatever you're looking for from your big weekend in Nottingham, you'll be able to find it.

The one thing Nottingham can't guarantee is year-long good weather (but where can in the UK?).

However, never fear, if the weather is typically English, there will be plenty on offer to keep you and the guys occupied for the duration of your celebration.

Ideal For...

  • Big Nights Out
  • Classic Activities
  • Unique Activities
  • Cracking Stag Stays
  • Budget-Friendly

Not Ideal For...

  • Coastal Activities
  • Guaranteed Sun

The Places in Nottingham You Need to Know About

Lace Market

Prepare yourselves for traditional pubs and refined pints - perfect for a quiet one or some cheeky day drinking.

Hockley

Packed with the city's biggest nightclubs, independent venues and late-night bars for those who don't fancy using their hotel bed until the early hours.

Talbot Street

The streets in and around Talbot Street are the best for Nottingham's clubs. It's hard to have a bad time here, with places like Rock City and Stealth, and you're guaranteed countless hours of non-stop partying.

Top Nottingham Pubs, Bars & Clubs

Rock City

Rock City brings some of the best club nights that Nottingham has seen. Friday nights are packed with classic and modern pop songs, with Saturday a mix of sing-along anthems and some of the greatest tunes ever made.

Where: 8 Talbot St, NG1 5GG

Penny Lane

Penny Lane has a great selection of amusement arcades that are guaranteed to keep the lads busy for hours. From air hockey to grabber machines and everything in-between, it's a great place to kickstart that big night out.

Where: 9 Fletcher Gate, NG1 1QQ

Hooters

Chicken wings in a sports bar served up by the iconic Hooters Girls - what's not to love?! Book your package through StagWeb for the best deals and discounts and sidestep all the usual planning hassle.

Where: Hicking Building, London Rd, NG2 3AS

Bierkeller

Another stag do favourite, Bierkeller is the place to head for tasty beers served in some two-pint steins. The venue also boasts a sports bar and a cracking little beer garden for when the sun's shining.

Where: 13 Friar Ln, NG1 6DA

Das Kino

Das Kino is a great little cocktail bar that also serves up some cracking pizza. A great place for a little afternoon refreshment or early evening tipple before you take the party elsewhere.

Where: Das Kino, 22 Fletcher Gate, NG1 2FZ

The Blind Rabbit

The team behind Das Kino also spearhead The Blind Rabbit which is Nottingham's premier New York-inspired bar and grill. They offer up live sports, plus the music blares at the weekends - sounds perfect!

Where: 9 Weekday Cross, NG1 2GB

Box

One of Nottingham's most popular sports bars, BOX, has loads going on throughout the week, plus live music on a Saturday night. Come for the sports, stay for the shuffleboard, tunes and cracking food.

Where: Thurland St, NG1 3DR

Junkyard

With 15 taps and two fridges full of different brews, Junkyard is the place to head for craft beer lovers. Open from midday until 1 am, you can walk in any time of the day and sample some of their finest offerings.

Where: 12 Bridlesmith Walk, NG1 2FZ

The Best Time to Go

According to our stats for 2023, 62% of stags who partied with StagWeb in Nottingham went in June or July (which is the sweet spot if you ask us!).

Why was this time so popular?

Firstly, this is out-of-season for uni students, so you'll get a mature crowd compared to other months.

It's also just before wedding season, so there's plenty of time for the groom and stags to recover before the big day.

As well as this, it's when the UK's weather is at its best. And you know what that means, right? Ice-cold pints, blazing sunshine, and prime-time beer gardens. The perfect hat trick.

How Long Do People Go For?

In 2023, 57% booked for 3 days and 2 nights.

This is enough time to conquer all the nightlife, activities, and discover all the best Nottingham has to offer.

We definitely wouldn't recommend any less than that, though some stags opt for three nights to give them a bit more time.

How Soon Do People Book?

Usually, 4 months before they go, according to our stats for last year.

That's the average for most stags and should give you enough time to sort everything out.

Booking earlier than that is always a good idea, but we wouldn't risk booking any later because there's more chance other groups will be you to the best activities, nights out, properties, etcetera.

Where to Stay in Nottingham

Check out our range of central hotels and stag houses, country retreats and glamping sites and find the place that works for you.

We've got a range of Nottingham stag accommodation to suit all preferences no matter how basic or extravagant you're looking to go.

Hotel availability is often decent, but we'd advise those looking to rent a stag house or country retreat to enquire and put their deposit down ASAP.

You don't want to risk letting another group beat you to it.

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What to Do in Nottingham

With over 80 Nottingham stag do ideas for the lads to tackle, on top of the bouncing nightlife, there's never a dull moment.

For sports fans, you have Nottingham Forest and Notts County to choose from (though, it will probably be easier to secure tickets for the latter), plus any cricket fans can take a trip to Trent Bridge.

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Things to See in Nottingham

Trent Bridge

For cricket fans, a visit to Trent Bridge is a great way to spend a day if the weather is on your side!

The City of Caves

Did you know Nottingham is built on top of over 800 caves? Head on a subterranean adventure as you uncover a side of Nottingham stags often miss.

Nottingham Contemporary

A great shout for any art-loving stags (and there are a few!). Head to Nottingham Contemporary for something a little bit different.

How to Get to Nottingham...

It's easy getting to Nottingham by...

Train - Nottingham city centre is a 0.6-mile walk from the station, or an even quicker taxi ride, so you'll be right in the thick of the action in no time. Get your tickets from the Trainline.

Car - Nottingham is like any other city to drive around and it can be tricky at times. Just keep your Maps on, take it slow, and you'll be fine. Check Parkopedia for the nearest car parks or ask your hotel beforehand.

Tips On Getting Around Nottingham

Walking - Walking is the best way to explore the city and the sights. It's also easier to stop in pubs for a refreshing pint. The city centre is pretty compact, but if you need to travel further afield, you have a few options.

Bus - Buses are a great shout. Reliable, cheap, and covering all corners of the city, you'll be able to bounce about with ease. From activity to bar to restaurant and back to another bar, you're sorted.

Tram - A quick and easy to get from the outskirts to central Nottingham, be sure to check in advance whether any of your activities or accommodation is on the tram line and save yourself some time, money and hassle.

Taxis & Uber - Both the taxi and Uber services are perfect for getting home after a late one. Whether you pre-book or call last minute, this is the best late-night transport back to the hotel.

Common Nottingham FAQs

Is Nottingham good for a stag do?

Nottingham is a great place for a stag do. With a range of activities, sublime eateries, top accommodation, and a big night out - in our professional opinion, it ticks all the boxes for the groom's memorable getaway.

Is Nottingham a party city?

Absolutely. With live music, some of England's best nightclubs and oldest pubs, this place caters to all tastes and styles. Whether you want refined pints or to party the night away in famous clubs, Nottingham has the lot.

Is Nottingham an expensive night out?

Overall, Nottingham won't break the bank on a night out. Compared to other major UK cities, you *should* spend a lot less. As with anywhere, prices will vary depending on where you drink.

Tom Probert
Written by Tom Probert Marketing & Content Executive
Created: 23/04/2024Updated: 23/04/2024
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