Old Market Square
As you could expect the epicentre of Nottingham. Although rarely used traditionally as the name suggests, the square acts as a great outdoor venue for leisure & events. Every year the square is transformed into a real life beach, complete with sand, water & beachside bars! On the opposite end of the scale, the Christmas Market is magical winter wonderland with food, drink & gifts galore!
People have been visiting Victoria Embankment for hundreds of years as a site for leisure & entertainment. A stroll in the summer months is great in its own right - add gardens, a bandstand, sports pitches, parks, pubs and even a paddling pool! The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen is very popular - with festivals, BBQ’s, pop up parties and much more!
Lace Market is Nottingham’s ‘quirkier’ side of town. Moving away from your high street shops and busy streets Hockley is worth a wander round just for the trendy bars, boutique shops and tasty eateries. The Lace Market area also has its own independent cinema!
Most famous for its role as Batman’s house in the recent films - we must admit Wayne Manor is a sight to behold. Whatever time of year the gardens & grounds over great walks and chill out areas - keep an eye out for the impressive deer who live there also. Wollaton Hall also acts as a great outdoor venue for many-a festival and gigs throughout the year.
The legend of Robin Hood lives on! Although Mr Hood himself didn’t live here the castle has become a symbol for his character & the famous stories. The castle has many of its own exciting tales - & hosts festivals, events & exhibitions all year round so there’s bound to be something to take your fancy!
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Laying claim (although we must admit with a couple of others) to being the oldest pub in Nottingham as well as the oldest in England - Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem just needs to be visited! Set in the rocks of Nottingham Castle, including many of the caves this building really boast a lot of character as well as serving a good pint too!
Where you’ll find designer labels & chic boutiques. The Paul Smith flagship store can be found on Low Pavement. Bridlesmith Gate itself is a pedestrianised, cobbled street which makes a rather nice home for the likes of Kurt Geiger, Ted Baker & Hugo Boss. If you get exhausted after all that high class shopping you’re not short of places to grab a bite to eat or a well-deserved coffee / glass of wine!
The go to place for all your top high-street names. Recently undergone a major makeover Victoria Centre is as modern as it gets when it comes to retail centres. All the reliable names including Next, Topshop & John Lewis alongside gems such as KIKO & River Island Accessories store.
A more independent side of town you’ll find vintage boutiques, exclusive high end stores, delicious delis and trendy bars. What more could you need for an afternoon of shopping?!
Lace Market & Hockley
Lace Market plays host to familiar quality names such as Pitcher & Piano, Missoula & All Bar One alongside recognisable restaurant branches of La Tasca and Yo Sushi. Towards Hockley you’ll find more independent bars and eateries - highly recommended is Rub Smokehouse for food, followed by Boiler Maker for a crazy cocktail (if you can find its secret entrance!).
Cornerhouse houses a whole host of entertainment alongside bars & restaurants you’ll recognise instantly. Enjoy a film at the Cornerhouse cinema or bar hop between the likes of Slug & Lettuce & Revolution. Sit down to tasty meal at Tamatanga, Gourmet Burger Kitchen or Turtle Bay - delicious!
Amazing in the summer months for obvious reasons. Countless bars & pubs have outdoor gardens & seating areas perfect both day & night. Soak up the sun (or moon) light & fill up on quality pub grub! Makes a nice change from the usual town centre evenings.