The Nottingham and Beeston Canal was once an important part of the city’s trade, transporting materials for industry and goods like lace and tobacco onward to the rest of the country and worldwide. On this trail, you can explore the city’s heritage and soak in a few pints in traditional pubs.
Beginning on Friar Lane The Ned Ludd (1) lends its name from the Luddites and their strong connections with south Nottinghamshire. The pub is owned by the Nottingham Brewery which offers an excellent selection of its own brands here along with guest beers. You can also grab some food, though it’s not much of a walk to the next destination.
You can either turn immediate left and take the back streets or head a little further down Maid Marian Way to reach the historic Salutation Inn (2). Centuries-old thick walls will keep you warm, as will the two cosy back rooms. If you’re lucky, the owners may let you see the caves. See the NottsNight Underground Trail for more details.
Cross Maid Marian Way and head past the hideous architecture of the old Central College, past the NCP car park and cross Canal Street. Bear slightly right onto Wilford Street and you’ll see the Navigation Inn (3). There’s a fine selection of real ale here and – if it’s a sunny day – a chance to get the first glimpse of the canal, complete with its lock.
If you’re short on time, you could head back to Canal Street and onto Fellows, but this trail now skirts around the industrial wasteland before swinging round onto Waterway Street to the Vat and Fiddle (4), the home of the Castle Rock Brewery and a pun on the nearby large tax office. The brewery offers tours for groups and also has occasional open days.
You’ll note our map marked with a MYSTERY PUB (4b) around the Station. There are, in fact, two new micropubs opening in the area. Check the NottsNight Canal pages for the very latest news!
But for now, walk back up Carrington Street and on the left you’ll see Fellows, Morton and Clayton (5). FMC was one of the most important names during the industrial revolution, running a network of inland steam boats to transport good, rather than relying on horse power. This bar was built into one of its former depots, and retains a good, old fashioned charm.
However, the industrial icing on the cake is reserved for next door at The Canal House (6). A former museum, you’ll walk over the bridge inside the pub to get to the bar, often with a couple of narrowboats parked inside. This is another Castle Rock bar, so expect a great selection of real ales, along with a substantial stock of world beers.
By bus Trent Barton Indigo and Mainline services each run to Friar Lane, adjacent to the Nedd Ludd, while Nottingham City Transport City Loop lines all serve Maid Marian Way. If you’re coming from further afield, Nottingham Station (trains and trams) is just a short walk from the Vat and Fiddle
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