Nottingham (/ˈnɒtɪŋəm/ NOT-ing-əm) is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England, and County town of the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire.
Nottingham is famed for its links to the legend of Robin Hood and, during the Industrial Revolution, obtained worldwide recognition for its lace-making, bicycle and tobacco industries. Nottingham's origins are traceable back to 600 AD, however, it was only granted its city charter in 1897, as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria, and has since been officially titled the City of Nottingham.
Nottingham has an official population of 305,750. This relatively small (when compared to the urban population) figure is due to a historically tightly drawn official city boundary; the wider Nottingham Urban Area actually has a population of 729,977, making it the ninth largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Eurostat listed Nottingham's population at 825,600 in 2004.
The city is a major tourist destination, with official figures released in early 2014 showing that visitors spent over £1.5 billion in 2011 - the sixth highest amount in England http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-353054
Nottingham also has a number of famous institutions and venues – including the National Ice Centre, the National Water Sports Centre, a world-famous Test cricket ground, two professional English Football League teams, and top-flight cricket and ice hockey sides. In addition, over 60,000 students attend the city's two universities Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham.
Culturally, there are two large-capacity theatres, numerous museums and art galleries, an independent cinema, and several live music venues, including the Nottingham Arena and Rock City, both of which regularly host major UK and international artists. In 2013 Nottingham was also named the most haunted city in England.
Nottingham was named Transport City of the Year in October 2011. The city has the largest publicly owned bus network in the UK, and is also served by a large railway station (in addition to several suburban stations), and an expanding tram system. East Midlands Airport is located just over 10 miles to the south-west of the city.
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