Nottingham Station is not just the principal rail station for the city of Nottingham itself but also for the Greater Nottinghamshire area as a whole. Managed by East Midlands Trains, the station is additionally serviced by CrossCountry and Northern Rail. Nottingham can be easily reached via rail from major cities such as London (London St Pancras), Birmingham (Birmingham New Street), Liverpool (Liverpool Lime Street), Leeds and Sheffield. East Midlands Airport is less than one hour away via road. A 24-hour Skylink bus service runs between the airport and Nottingham Station seven days a week. There are a number of public transport options to get to the city of Nottingham itself from the station. The city tram network is one of the most reliable of these options, running a regular service in-between the station and the city center.
Combining history with excellent modern shopping facilities, Nottingham is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Although little of the original structure survives, Nottingham Castle remains one of the main attractions for visitors to the city. Today, the mansion which stands on the castle grounds houses a museum and art gallery. Many visitors to the castle museum also browse the nearby Museum of Nottingham Life, housed in a row of 17th century cottages. Despite Nottingham being so closely associated with history and the legend of Robin Hood, the city's modern side is an attraction in itself. Shopping is a favourite pastime here and it is easy to see why. Featuring designer shops alongside independent stores and antique shops, the shopping experience in Nottingham is varied and exciting. Enjoying an enviable reputation for fine dining too, Nottingham is a city that offers a little bit of everything.