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Free Landmark Food Historic Properties: City Centre (Lace Market)

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Lace Market

Lace Market Square, St Mary's Gate, Nottingham. NG1 1QQ
Lace Market Square, Nottingham
Lace Market Square, Nottingham

The Lace Market is a district in Nottingham city centre. It's not a market selling lace, but a collection of historic buildings that were once at the centre of the world's lace making industry. Today, the area is home to creative businesses, independent shops, bars and restaurants.

Once the heart of the world's lace industry during the days of the British Empire, it is full of impressive examples of 19th century industrial architecture and thus is a protected heritage area. It was never a market in the sense of having stalls, but there were sales rooms and warehouses for storing, displaying and selling the lace.

Most of the area is typical Victorian, with densely packed four to seven storey red brick building lined streets. Iron railings, old gas lamps and red phone boxes a plenty also help give the through walker a sense of going back in time to Victorian England. The Adams Building (now part of the City campus of New College Nottingham) was designed by Thomas Chambers Hine and was built for Thomas Adams, a notable Quaker who did much to improve the typical Victorian working conditions in his factories.

The area is sited on the area of the original Saxon settlement that became Nottingham, and also boasts the oldest Christian Foundation in the city, pre-dating the Norman conquest. St Mary's Church, on Low Pavement is believed to be the third church to have stood there but was itself completed in 1474 and is an excellent example of early English Perpendicular architecture.


Free Entry, Café Serving Meals.

No easily accessible wifi. Designated smoking areas only.

Opening Times:

Open at all times. Free admission.


Advance booking is not required.


The Lace Market district is located to the east of the city centre between Fletcher Gate, Stoney Street, Warser Gate and High Pavement.

Getting There:

NET Lace Market NET tram stop: Located here.
National Rail Nottingham railway station: 15 minutes walk.


Limited onsite parking available - payment required.

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Last Updated Tuesday 7 June 2022

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