Researched by Dr. David Cross as part of the ‘Trent to Trenches’ project, this unique ~2 hour walking tour looks at the links between Nottingham and the ‘war to end all wars’. 


(The 'Trent to Trenches' project was a series of events throughout Nottinghamshire in 2014 to mark the Centenary of the start of WW1). See also the Great War Memorial Window stories here.

The Tour is available for group bookings by arrangement.


There are still many signs of WW1 evident in the city, but they go almost entirely unnoticed. This tour is aimed at anyone with a general interest in WW1, the so-called ‘Great War’, or in just a different aspect of the fascinating history of Nottingham.

The 1914-18 conflict was a time of great social change in every part of England. Nottingham played a hugely important (if largely unknown) part in the war effort. The tour will entertain you with the following stories and more:

  • How did plum cake help the battle in the air?

  • Why did the skin of many Nottingham women turn yellow as part of the war effort? And where did they hide their oranges?

  • Why did the Germans think that 29 million dead cows would win them the war?

  • Hear of both the successes and failures where Nottingham men were involved, at famous battles such as Gallipoli and the Somme

  • Where can you still see evidence of a Zeppelin attack on Nottingham to this day?

The tour is suitable for children of 14+ years.

  • Cost: £8 per person, subject to our minimum charge of £120 (equivalent to a group of 15 people – we’re happy to take smaller groups, but the minimum charge then applies)

  • Maximum group size for comfort is 35 people, please contact us for quotes for larger groups

  • The Tour is mainly aimed at adults and older children (14yrs+)

  • Disabled Access: see our Accessibility Statement. Most of the route is accessible for wheelchairs. Please note there are no disabled toilet facilities at The Trip to Jerusalem Inn – the nearest facilities are at Greyhound Street, just off the Market Square, about 12-15 minutes walk away – click here for details of accessible toilets on the Nottingham City Council website.