City Centre

Nottingham city centre is the cultural, commercial, financial and historical heart of NottinghamEngland. Nottingham’s city centre represents the central area of the Greater Nottingham conurbation.

The centre of the city is usually defined as the Old Market Square – the UK’s largest city square. A major redevelopment of the Old Market Square was completed in March 2007. Many of the main shopping streets are based around the square, which is dominated by Nottingham’s city hall. The building’s landmark dome may be seen for miles around. Much of the ground floor of the building houses the Exchange Arcade, a boutique shopping centre.

Bohemian quarter of the city known as Hockley has arisen in recent years, situated close to the Lace Market area.

The north-western end of the city centre is home to the University’s city campus which contains a lively mix of old and new buildings. The University’s Newton building is one of the tallest buildings in Nottingham and has a prominent position on the city’s skyline.

Nottingham’s central railway station is located in the city centre.

Nottingham Castle is a popular attraction for visitors to the city due to its links with Robin Hood. The Brewhouse Yard Museum (Museum of Nottingham Life) and the Museum of Costume and Textiles are close by.

Part of Nottingham’s expansive cave network is open to the public through the City of Caves attraction, and the Galleries of Justice on High Pavement were once a fully functioning Victorian courtroom.

Notable churches within the city centre include the Roman Catholic Nottingham Cathedral, and the medieval St. Mary’s Church at the heart of the Lace Market.

The National Ice Centre (adjoined to Capital FM Arena Nottingham) is located close to the city’s Lace Market quarter and is the first twin Olympic ice-pad facility in the UK. It is the home of the Nottingham Panthers, a professional ice-hockey team.

Rock City is a mid-sized music venue that draws many popular bands from across the world, and so is an important part of Nottingham’s music tourism scene.

Nottingham City Centre