Local area guide Area Guide

Nottingham’s city centre is usually defined as the area around Old Market Square - the UK's largest city square. In 2007 the area enjoyed the completion of a major redevelopment, and the positive effects of this area are still being felt. The Nottingham's city hall is found at one end of the square and its landmark dome is easily seen for miles around. Much of the ground floor of the building houses the Exchange Arcade, a boutique shopping centre. A bohemian quarter of the city known as Hockley has appeared fairly recently, and can be found close to the Lace Market area.

Nottingham Trent University’s city campus can be found at the north-western end of the city centre and is an eclectic mix of period and modern buildings. Nearby is the central railway station, and Nottingham also has its own tram service.

Nottingham’s two major shopping centres are the Broadmarsh Centre and the Victoria Centre, so called because it was established on the site of the former Nottingham Victoria railway station. It was the first of the two centres to be built in the city, and has a self-contained multi-storey car park, and a bus station. The Broadmarsh centre is also hoping to redevelop in the near future, ensuring that the city will always have all the best amenities for its residents.

Nottingham also has a number of department stores including the House of Fraser, John Lewis, and Debenhams and has one of the largest Homebase stores in the country. The Bridlesmith Gate area has numerous designer shops, and is the home of the original Paul Smith boutique. There are also various side streets and alleys that hide some interesting and often overlooked buildings and shops – streets such as Poultry Walk, West End Arcade and Hurts Yard. These are home to many specialist shops, as is Derby Road, near the Roman Catholic Cathedral and once the antiques area. Meanwhile Hockley Village caters well to alternative tastes with many alternative and independent shops

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.

Nottingham has an award-winning public transport system, including the largest publicly owned bus network in England and is also served by Nottingham railway station and the modern Nottingham Express Transit tram system, the second line of which is due to open in 2015. East Midlands Airport is 13 miles (21 km) south-west of the city.

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. There is also “Rock City”, 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.