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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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Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel CA $61
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.

    Lace Market Hotel by Compass Hospitality CA $73
    Lace Market Hotel by Compass Hospitality

    Lace Market Hotel by Compass Hospitality

    29-31 High Pavement, Lace Market, Nottingham, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Nottingham City Centre, this romantic hotel is steps away from Galleries of Justice Museum and Lace Market. Motorpoint Arena Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      Park Plaza Nottingham CA $89
      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 and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Castle are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 11 minutes by foot.

        Crowne Plaza Nottingham CA $83
        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 10-minute walk of Theatre Royal and Nottingham Trent University. Motorpoint Arena Nottingham and Lace Market are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre CA $83
          Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre

          Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre

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

            Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre Royal and The Cornerhouse. Nottingham Trent University and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 16 minutes by foot.

            Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel CA $82
            Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel

            Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel

            2 George Street, Lace Market, Nottingham, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lace Market and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham. Nottingham Trent University and Theatre Royal are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 11 minutes by foot.

              Hilton Nottingham CA $81
              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 Trent University and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                Roomzzz Nottingham City CA $93
                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. Nottingham Trent University and Lace Market are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 17 minutes by foot.