What you should know before hiring a car in Nottingham
Car hires in Nottingham: practical information
Where to rent a car in Nottingham
The "Queen of the Midlands," more commonly known as Nottingham is one of the major cities in eastern England and if you're on the trail of Robin Hood, you're most likely to find him here! If you're picking up a cheap car hire in Nottingham, consider getting one from the East Midlands Airport. While the only agency there in Europcar, they usually have good offers, especially weekend offers or book 2 days, get the third for free.
If Europcar doesn't have what you're looking for, you can find an affordable car hire in Nottingham town centre. Hertz is right next to Victoria Park, Avis is along Maid Marian Way, Enterprise is on Traffic Street. Apart from the major international car hire agencies, you can also rent from local companies like East Mids Car Hire on Queens Road as well. It's a good idea to compare car hires in Nottingham before choosing and make sure you do it far enough in advance, best to do it at the same time as plan your holidays in Nottingham.
Driving in Nottingham: parking and other tips
Nottingham is a very centralized city, many of the streets in the downtown area are pedestrian-only. Because of this, the city's car parks and meter parking encircle the entire downtown area, making it fairly easy to find parking just about anywhere along the periphery. There is a great deal of Pay & Display marking along Hintingdon Street and Glasshouse Street. It's fairly standard across Nottingham's city centre to pay £16/day for parking. You can get away with £3.70/day on Cowan Street and £13/day on Upper Parliament Street.
The best would be to have a centrally located hotel which offers free parking, then you would have the freedom to explore the city on foot and then use your car rental in Nottingham to explore the outskirts of the city and beyond. Nottingham, being a 2.5 hour drive from London, is a very central city for exploring England. Leicester, Birmingham, even Manchester are nearby, close enough for a day-trip or a weekend away.
Road trips from Nottingham: what to do, what to see
If you're in the Midlands, don't miss Derby. As the country's second most haunted city (after York), you can bet this is one spooky place for a ghost walk. Glance around the cathedral, take a walk up the Derwent, explore Darley Park and shop around on the high street. Derby is known for its real ales from surrounding microbreweries so make sure you taste a few before leaving (of course, not if you're the driver)!
Love to trek and hike? Head to the Derbyshire Peak District National Park, about an hour's drive away from Nottingham. There are some great trails within the Peak District National Park and the towns and cities surrounding it are also worth visiting as well. Stockport, Bruxton, Sheffield, Leeds, Matlock... There are even some caves in the park where you can go potholing and exploring.
It's a little journey, but if you've never been to Manchester, then make sure you visit while on holidays in Nottingham. It takes 2 hours to drive there. The historical part of Manchester has a lot to say for itself. After visiting Castlefield, the cathedral, Town Hall and the University of Manchester, head up-town to some of the city's great restaurants.