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Old Market Square

Find out about the public beatings and squalid conditions that were once a feature of this historic square as you relax and people-watch from a café.

Old Market Square is a large and lively pedestrianized central space overlooked by the dramatic Nottingham Council House. At the heart of the city, the square once played a key role as a shared neutral ground between the English Saxon and French Norman boroughs. Attend fairs, events and political rallies on this popular plaza.

Take a guided tour of the city and learn about history of the square. An important city market was held here from the 11th century until 1928, when it was moved to the old St. John's prison on King Edward Street and later Victoria Centre. Hear tales of its gruesome history, including accounts of the public beatings that took place here and descriptions of the stench of open sewerage that once pervaded.

The majestic council house, identifiable by a pair of stone lions that guard it, is on the eastern side of the square. To the western end of the square is a large water feature with jet fountains. Peruse the high-end boutiques and cafés that line the sides of the square. On a sunny day, order a coffee to-go and join others out on the plaza.

Listen to activists and performers at Speakers’ Corner, a replica of the famous site in London’s Hyde Park. The speakers stand near a statue of the late soccer coach Brian Clough, an outspoken former manager of Nottingham Forest football club. Just east of the plaza is the Nottingham Tourism Centre, which offers advice about events and activities during your stay.

Come between mid-November and early January to explore Nottingham Winter Wonderland. This seasonal event features an ice rink, as well as a festive market with stalls, bars, rides and a nativity scene. The Wheel of Nottingham Ferris Wheel is occasionally set-up here too.

Old Market Square marks the center of Nottingham. Ride the tram to its namesake stop on the plaza or a bus to the nearby Angel Row station. Visit surrounding attractions, such as the Nottingham Playhouse, Lace Market Theater and the Galleries of Justice.


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Britannia Nottingham Hotel C$61
Britannia Nottingham Hotel

Britannia Nottingham Hotel

St James Street, Nottingham, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Market Square, Nottingham Cathedral, and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. Theatre Royal and Nottingham Castle are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 11 minutes by foot.

    Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel C$70
    Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel

    Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel

    Waterfront Plaza, Station Street, Nottingham, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Nottingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Old Market Square, and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Castle is 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Nottingham Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      Roomzzz Nottingham City C$59
      Roomzzz Nottingham City

      Roomzzz Nottingham City

      Stanley Place, Talbot Street, Nottingham, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Nottingham City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Nottingham Cathedral and Theatre Royal. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Nottingham Castle are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 18 minutes by foot.

        Hilton Nottingham C$70
        Hilton Nottingham

        Hilton Nottingham

        38 Milton Street, Nottingham, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre Royal and Lace Market. Nottingham Contemporary and Galleries of Justice Museum are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Hashtag Nottingham Campus Accommodation (Students Only - ID required) C$20
          Hashtag Nottingham Campus Accommodation (Students Only - ID required)

          Hashtag Nottingham Campus Accommodation (Students Only - ID required)

          8 Bromley Place, Nottingham, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Nottingham City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Market Square, Theatre Royal, and Nottingham Cathedral. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Nottingham Castle are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 12 minutes by foot.

            Crowne Plaza Nottingham C$71
            Crowne Plaza Nottingham

            Crowne Plaza Nottingham

            17-31 Wollaton Street, Nottingham, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Nottingham City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre Royal and Nottingham Cathedral. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Nottingham Castle are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              Park Plaza Nottingham C$71
              Park Plaza Nottingham

              Park Plaza Nottingham

              41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Nottingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Market Square, Nottingham Cathedral, and Theatre Royal. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Nottingham Castle are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                ibis Nottingham Centre C$48
                ibis Nottingham Centre

                ibis Nottingham Centre

                16 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, England
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is steps from Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham Contemporary, and Lace Market. Galleries of Justice Museum and St Mary's Church are also within 5 minutes. Nottingham Station is 10 minutes by foot.