Tour of Nottingham's Architecture, Nottingham (Self Guided)

Nottingham is home to buildings of varying architectural styles that present a mixture of designs and make Nottingham a city full of contrasts. One of the city's most renowned architects, who contributed to the creation of many of Nottingham's picturesque buildings, was Watson Fothergill. Take this tour to view some of this master architect's work, as well as many other beautiful and historic buildings in Nottingham.
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Tour of Nottingham's Architecture Map

Guide Name: Tour of Nottingham's Architecture
Guide Location: England » Nottingham (See other walking tours in Nottingham)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: StaceyP
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Adams Building

1) Adams Building

The Adams Building on Stoney Street is the largest building in the Lace Market district of Nottingham. Historically, it is probably the largest and finest example of a Victorian lace warehouse to survive in the country, and has been listed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as Grade II* (of architectural or historical interest). The building now forms part of the City campus of New College Nottingham.

Opened on 10 July 1855, the building is named after its original owner Thomas Adams (1817–1873), a Victorian industrialist with strong Quaker views and a deep social conscience. He selected the Nottingham architect Thomas Chambers Hine and between them, they created a building which, for a variety of social and architectural reasons, is quite unique. As it now exists, the Adams Building is the product of several distinct phases of construction from 1854 to around 1874.

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The Offices of Watson Fothergill

2) The Offices of Watson Fothergill

Watson Fothergill was a great British architect who devoted his life to his craft. He designed his own offices, which are located on George Street. This structure was built of red brick in the Gothic Revival style, with oriel windows and towers. The windows are ornamented with colored bricks and stones. It is an exquisite representation of his style and aesthetic.
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Nottingham Council House

3) Nottingham Council House

Nottingham Council House is the city hall of Nottingham. The iconic 200 feet (61 m) high dome that rises above the city is the centerpiece of the skyline and presides magnificently over the Old Market Square. The Council House was designed by Thomas Cecil Howitt and built between 1927 and 1929 in the Neo-Baroque style characterized by the huge pillars that circle the building along with the carvings on the facade. It is claimed that the chimes of the bell in the dome, Little John (for many years the deepest toned clock bell in the United Kingdom, weighing over 10 tons), can be heard for a distance of seven miles.

The foundation stone (behind the left-hand lion as you approach the building) was laid by Alderman Herbert Bowles (Chairman of the Estates Committee), on 17 March 1927. The building has staged many high profile occasions; royalty, statesmen and women and stars of the stage and screen have been entertained there and both the F.A. and European Cups have been held aloft from its balcony.

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The Express Offices

4) The Express Offices

The Express Offices on Upper Parliament Street are another masterpiece by Watson Fothergill. The original building was completed in 1876. Initially it had only three floors, but a fourth floor was later added. On the arch above the entrance is the inscription "F.W.", Watson Fothergill's initials. This building is an outstanding mixture of the Old English and Medieval styles.
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The Arkwright Building

5) The Arkwright Building

The Arkwright Building is a great example of 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture. The building was erected in the 1870s as part of University College Nottingham. The exterior of the building features cast-iron crests and the main entrance has a picturesque triple doorway. This elaborate structure has remained well-preserved over the years and is a "must-see" on your trip to Nottingham.
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Nottingham College of Art

6) Nottingham College of Art

The Nottingham College of Art is part of Trent University and is considered one of the oldest design colleges in the United Kingdom. The building was constructed from 1863 to 1865 and was designed by Frederick Bakewell. It features an elaborate, picturesque facade, beautiful arched windows, and a sumptuous interior.
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Albert Hall

7) Albert Hall

Albert Hall was constructed in 1873. It was intended to be the largest concert hall in Nottingham, but a devastating fire during construction led scaling back the size of the building. After the fire, there was a second attempt to construct the hall. The new Edwardian concert hall finally opened in 1910. The building is a true work of art and is a source of pride for Nottingham residents.
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The Nottingham Playhouse

8) The Nottingham Playhouse (must see)

The Nottingham Playhouse is a theatre in Nottingham, England. It was first established as a repertory theatre in the 1950s when it operated from a former cinema. Directors during this period included Val May and Frank Dunlop. The current Modern movement theatre was opened in 1963. The architect was Peter Moro who had worked on the interior design of the Royal Festival Hall in London. It was initially controversial as it faces the gothic revival Roman Catholic cathedral designed by Augustus Pugin.

The buildings received a Civic Trust Award in 1966. Despite the modern external appearance and the circular auditorium walls, the theatre has a conventional proscenium layout, seating an audience of 770. The sculpture Sky Mirror by Anish Kapoor was installed between the theatre and the adjacent green space of Wellington Circus in 2001.
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Mortimer House

9) Mortimer House

Mortimer House is actually a complex of six houses joined together. The complex was designed by Watson Fothergill in the Old English vernacular style in 1883. It is located near Nottingham Castle. The red-brick structure has a unique roof line and square tower that stands out against its surroundings. The ground floor of the complex currently houses shops and offices.

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.
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 Statues and Monuments

Tour of Nottingham's Statues and Monuments

Over the centuries, Nottingham has been home to many famous men and women, known for both good deeds and bad. Nottingham has memorialized its heroes and villains with a number of fascinating statues and monuments. Take this tour to see the city's most notable memorials.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 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 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
Tour of Western Nottingham

Tour of Western Nottingham

Nottingham is bursting with unique things to see. Notable attractions in the western part of the city include Wollaton Hall and the University of Nottingham. Take this off-the-beaten-path tour to check out other interesting places hidden in western Nottingham.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Nottingham for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Nottingham has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Nottingham, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.