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Nottingham: City Centre

Council House, Nottingham
Council House, Nottingham (Photo: Not So Big Media)

This area is great for shopping and nights out. Parking is limited and can be very costly. At weekends (and weekdays during the university term), the city centre streets can be a noisy place with clubs open until 4am in the morning.

Staying in the city centre puts you at the heart of the action. Full of well known national hotels you are right next to the main shopping area as well as Nottingham's bars and clubs, partying which can overflow into the hotels too.

The city is full of well known restaurants, bars and clubs. Check out the Forman Street with its outdoor seating or the Lace Market district. Saturday nights are especially lively as thousands of party goers flood into the city centre.

Premier Inn Nottingham Arena
Premier Inn Nottingham Arena

Nottingham's city centre is rather sprawling and is much bigger than you would expect for a city of this size. Built on soft sandstone, early inhabitants made their homes in easy to dig caves. Originally two settlements, one in the east (now the Lace Market) and one in the west (around Nottingham Castle), the habitants use to meet and trade in the gap between. This became what is known today as Old Market Square and has been regarded as the centre of Nottingham for many years. It is from this point that all our distances are measured.

Arriving in Nottingham you will more than likely find yourself at Nottingham railway station. This is just south of the city centre and a five minute walk to the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre. There is a regular tram service to Old Market Square, Theatre Royal, The Forest Recreation Ground (site of the Goose Fair) then north to Hucknall.

Many parts of the city centre were redeveloped in the 1960s. Most of the Broadmarsh area was demolished by the city council to create the ugly Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, while in the north the equally ugly Victoria Shopping Centre was built on the former Victoria railway station. There are though corners of the city centre that still retain mediaeval charm or Victorian character.

Last Updated Thursday 9 June 2022

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