Old Market Square, Nottingham

Old Market Square, Nottingham (must see)

The Old Market Square is the largest such surviving square in the United Kingdom, forming the heart of the city, and covering an area of approximately 22,000 m². Located in the heart of Nottingham city center, the square is bounded by Beast Market Hill to the West, Smithy Row to the North, and South Parade to the South. The Eastern end of the square is dominated by the Council House, which serves as Nottingham's city hall. The nature of the square means it is often used for large local events, fairs, concerts and exhibitions.

The square has long been at the centre of Nottingham life. In the early days before the City of Nottingham was formed, the area was the center-point between the old Norman town of Snottingham and the old Saxon town which was based around the current Lace Market at St. Mary's Church. Redesigned by Gustafson Porter in 2004 and completed in March 2007, the Old Market Square is built with three shades of granite. The central open space is a slippery, light colored granite, with white, beige and dark gray granite used for the fountains, terraces and flowerbeds. The new square is a single tier area, including the recreation of an ancient border which once divided Nottingham. A new water feature dominates the west side of the Square, with jet fountains and waterfalls. These water features can be turned off if required, allowing an amphitheater-like seating area to be created for shows and concerts.

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Sight Name: Old Market Square
Sight Location: Nottingham, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Nottingham, England

Create Your Own Walk in Nottingham

Create Your Own Walk in Nottingham

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nottingham is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Nottingham is a historic city and is proud of its heritage. It is famous for its legends, particularly the one of Robin Hood and his merry men. Traces of history remain in the city's many old buildings and monuments. Take this tour to visit some of Nottingham's most prominent landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Tour of Nottingham's Museums and Galleries

Tour of Nottingham's Museums and Galleries

Nottingham has a long history and is home to a number of outstanding museums and galleries that focus on the city's storied past. Nottingham also knows how to celebrate the present, boasting a number of notable contemporary art galleries. Take this self-guided tour to gain insight into the history and culture of Nottingham.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Tour of Nottingham's Shops

Tour of Nottingham's Shops

Nottingham residents love shopping, which is reflected in the city's amazing array of stores. You can shop at specialty stores, markets, shopping centers, or studios. Take you pick! Go on this tour to explore the best shops in Nottingham and find the perfect souvenir to take home.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Tour of Nottingham's Pubs

Tour of Nottingham's Pubs

When traveling to Nottingham, don't forget to visit the national symbol of England - the pub. Nottingham has a great variety of traditional pubs, some of which are so old, they are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tasting English beer and ale is a 'must do' for any visitor to Nottingham. Take this tour to explore some of the most popular public houses in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Cultural Tour of Nottingham

Cultural Tour of Nottingham

Nottingham is an exciting city that offers a variety of fun activities for both tourists and locals. Take this tour to experience Nottingham's cultural scene and visit some of the city's best galleries, theaters, and concert venues.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Tour of Nottingham's Churches

Tour of Nottingham's Churches

Nottingham boasts a multitude of beautiful historic churches, some of which date back to medieval times and the Norman Conquest. Take this walking tour to visit a few of the most famous and spectacular churches in Nottingham.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km