We all know one of the perks of going to university is the freedom of living away from home. But who doesn’t miss their parents every now and again? It’s always nice when your parents visit you at university. Are you looking for the perfect place to visit when your parents come to Nottingham? Well, look no further, we are here to provide you with the guide to the best places for students take their parents in Nottingham. This guide will provide you with the best restaurants, cafes, and activities in Nottingham to book for yourselves and your parents.


If it’s that time in the term where the student loan is running low, perhaps your parents will treat you to a nice meal! Starting with one of Nottingham’s most popular Italian restaurants, Piccolino. Piccolino is based in the heart of Nottingham, within the Lace Market. An upscale chain restaurant with contemporary interior and a menu of delicious classic Italian specialties. The restaurant boasts an open kitchen so you can see the chefs at work. If your parents are visiting Nottingham in the summer, Piccolino also has an alfresco terrace in the main square. With an enticing menu offering everything from pasta and risotto dishes, steak, a wide range of main dishes and pizza, you can be sure there will be a dish suited to every family member. So if Italian is a family favourite, be sure to take your parents here.

Piccolino Nottingham


Looking for something with a bit more spice? Look no further than Mowgli Street food. Delicious Indian cuisine with an unmatched dining experience. Mowgli positions itself as a restaurant ‘For the whole family’; it is even dog friendly! Based on the heart of the Lace Market, take your parents on a tour of the Lace Market, and stop off at Mowgli to grab a bite to eat. Mowgli is well known for their beautiful locations, with swings for seats. It is clear to see why Mowgli is one of Nottingham’s favourites. Nottingham students love it and so will your parents!

Mowgli Nottingham


When it comes to cafes, Nottingham is full of many cafes perfect to bring your parents to. Fox café must be one of the best cafes in Nottingham for all day breakfast and a vast range of sandwiches and paninis. Known for their delicious coffees, it’s the perfect place to stop for lunch after a day of shopping and exploring Nottingham with your parents.

Cafe Nottingham

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park is a Nottingham family favourite. Wollaton Park is a 500-acre park located only a 7 minute drive from the University of Nottingham and 15 minutes from Nottingham Trent. Visit Wollaton deer park for a picturesque walk with your family. Wollaton Park has three onsite cafes and shops located in the courtyard and hall, offering a wide range of food options for you to treat your parents with. Your parents will love the range of activities on offer here, from botanical gardens to nature trails.

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park Nottingham

Nottingham Contemporary

If you’re looking to immerse yourselves in arts and culture, Nottingham Contemporary is an ideal place to visit with your parents. Situated between the Lace Market and Nottingham Train station is an art gallery, learning area and café. As one of the largest Contemporary art galleries in the UK, Nottingham Contemporary offers free exhibitions, special events and family activities, making it a perfect place to take your family when they visit you in Nottingham.

Nottingham Contemporary

If you’re a student in Nottingham expecting a visit from your parents soon, use this guide to plan your itinerary. Whatever you and your parents are in the mood for, whether its a casual meal out or a long walk in nature, be sure to try one of the best places for Nottingham students to take their parents when they visit.

Looking for things to do in Nottingham with your friends? Don’t want to break the bank? Check out our blog on the best free activities for students in Nottingham!

This blog was written by Sophie Graham at Nottingham Trent University.

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