The town centre still has a large number of wooden houses from the 18th and 19th century. In the nearby lake, there is a large island with an adventure park for children. Nora is renowned for its ice cream parlor NoraGlass, which sells freshly made ice cream.
Nora is one of three towns in Sweden considered to have especially well preserved wooden buildings town centres (the other towns being Eksjö and Hjo).
Regular bus traffic from Örebro, 25 km to the south from Nora.
- Nora Bergslags Veteran-Jernväg. a museum railway based at the Nora railway station at the lakeside. The museum railway has a network of 25 kilometer of normal gauge track. This is one of the most genuine old railway environments in Sweden. The station building at Järle is the oldest one in the country. The strech between Nora and Ervalla was the first normal gauge railway in Sweden, opened for traffic March 5, 1856. Several old steam powered locomotives are maintained by volunteers. In summer, a small diesel train takes tourists to Pershyttan, a few kilometers away (see below).
- Götlinska gården. a Swedish Heritage building and a museum, situated at the main square.
- Pershyttan. an earlier ironworks, which can be reached by the museum railway train.