Have I have lived in Nottingham all of my life and as I also love shopping then I have become somewhat of an expert on shopping in my home city. Nottingham has two main shopping centres as well as a few smaller arcades and streets dedicated mainly to shopping. I have summarised these below to give an overview of shopping in Nottingham.
The Victoria centre stands on the site of the Old Nottingham Victoria Railway Station that was demolished in 1967, the clock tower and the Hilton Hotel that stand on the outside of the shopping centre are the only parts of the old station building that have survived. The Victoria shopping centre was completed in 1972 and has flats above that span 26 floors. In 1997 the centre was extended and refurbished which saw the introduction of new stores to the more modern centre.
The centre is currently more popular than the Broadmarsh Shopping centre in the city and has a large selection of favourite high street shops including Next, Topshop, WH Smiths, La Senza, Gap, Boots etc. There are also the department stores of John Lewis and House of Fraser located within the centre.
On the second floor of the centre you will find the Victoria indoor market selling a selection of items including clothing, food, meat and fish.
There is also a selection of cafes and coffee shops in the centre providing a chance for you to have a rest from shopping to recharge your batteries. The website for information on the Victoria Shopping Centre is www.victoriacentre.uk.com.
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The Westfield Broadmarsh formally known as the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre was opened in 1972 and underwent a refurbishment in 1988. When constructing the shopping centre they found a series of historic caves underneath, these were preserved and are now known as the City of Caves attracting thousands of visitors every year.
The Broardmash is currently awaiting major modernisation which is to begin this year so many of the previously occupied stores are now empty. There are still currently some shops open including Boots, Argos, BHS, Wilkinson's, H&M and Dorothy Perkins. The website for the Westfield Broadmarsh is http://uk.westfield.com/broadmarsh/.
Hockley is an area of Nottingham City Centre next to the Lace Market which is home to numerous independent and alternative shops as well as a few high street favourites. High street shops include French Connection, All Saints, Bravissimo, Ark and G-Star.
Some of the independent stores include Ice Nine an alternative jewellery store, Jugglers toy and joke shop, Pink and Lilly women's fashion and Cow selling retro fashion.
The Exchange Arcade is located within the Grade 2 listed Council House building, inside you can look up to see the magnificent 200ft high dome of the Council House. Opened in 1929 it was Nottingham's first shopping centre. It is now home to a variety of fashion stores including; Kookai, Warehouse, Oasis, Austin Reed, Jaeger, Hawes & Curtis and Karen Millen. You can also find specialist shops including the Castle Art Gallery and Gauntleys tobacconist and Off Licence. The Exchange has its own website www.theexchange.uk.net.
The FH Mall previously known as the Flying Horse Walk is a small shopping arcade located on The Poultry just off Old Market Square. It is named after the pub The Flying Horse Inn that used to sit at the entrance of the arcade and up until a couple of years ago a large White Flying Horse statue was located over the entrance of the arcade. The arcade houses the boutique shops of Canopy, Salters, Cathy Stephens, Inspired, Whitewall Galleries, Berketex Bride, The Cheese Shop, Ann Harvey and Vivienne Westwood. The arcade also has its own website www.fhmall.co.uk
The Lace Market area of Nottingham City Centre was home to the Lace industry and many of the old factory buildings although still stand today have been converted into bars, restaurants and shops. The main shopping street in the Lace Market is Bridlesmith Gate which is home to many chic boutiques and designer shops including; Ted Baker, Dune, Jack Wills, Coast, Whistles, Diesel and American Apparel. There is also a great little gift shop called Token House which is an Aladdin's cave of trinkets, greetings cards, jewellery and gift ideas.
The Lace Market is also home to Nottingham's world famous fashion designer Paul Smith's first shop on Byard Lane and newer flagship store on Middle Pavement.
Nottingham is definitely worth a consideration if you are looking to take a weekend away, or want to head to different city for the day to shop. Although I am slightly biased because this is my home city in comparison with other cities I have visited I do find Nottingham's compactness mixed with some lovely architecture and variety of both famous high street names and independent stores give a wonderful balance and make for a lovely days shopping. Nottingham also boasted some lovely cafes and restaurants and places of interest if you want to take a break from the hustle of the shops. All in all a brilliant place to shop!
Nottingham has maintained a reputation for good shopping in recent years. I live just outside of the city centre and have plenty of experience of shopping both in Nottingham and in general!.
The city centre is quite spread out but generally easily navigated. The shopping is centered around two large shopping 'malls' the Victoria Centre on one side of the city centre, and Broadmarsh which is situated on the opposite side. The Victoria centre is then busier of the two, offering both more big-brand stores (Topshop, Tesco, Boots, Faith, Accessorize, multiple mobile phone stores, Dorothy Perkins etc) and more modern surroundings. Broadmarsh is a 5-10 minute walk away and has a bit of a dilapidated feel about it. While offering plenty of shops they are often cheaper, less well known or independant stores. The centre used to offer a large TKMaxx store but this has recently relocated to opposite the Victoria Centre and the huge space that it once occupied now stands empty. The centre houses the city's largest bus station and is 2 minutes walk from the train centre making it the access point to the city. For this reason there are often quite a lot of people here, although not necessarily in the shops themselves. One big plus point at this time of the year is that Broadmarsh offers a free (!) santa's grotto, where little ones can visit santa and receive a gift completely free of charge!
Navigating between the two centres is straight forward and the majority of the city's other shops are located on the route between the two. Bridlesmith Gate leads to the back entrance of Broadmarsh and offers big brand outlets such as Ted Baker, Kurt Geiger, Diesel, Coast, Planet, Whistles etc while taking the route to the front entrance will see you passing through the market square. The market square offers a large Debenhams department store on 4 levels as well as clothing and footwear stores (schuh, dorothy perkins etc) and this is where a lot of the cities restaurants can be found (if not on market square then on the little roads leading from it). The ciy offers a range of restaurants to suit most budgets, ideal for that mid-shopping meal! From Pizza Hut and Subway to Zizzi's, Frankie & Benny's, Ask and many, many more expensive options!
A shopping area which is often bypassed by those that don't know the city is Hockley. A short walk (admittedly up a hill) from the main shopping area, Hockley is a real gem of a find and is home to all the city's independant boutiques as well as little quirky shops and fancy bars. Well worth a look if you're after something individual. I personally love just window shopping in this area!
Nottingham offers a good variety of shops that are all within easy walking distance of one another. With two large shopping centres you are able to continue shopping in comfort even if the weather is awful. Currently, however, the Broadmarsh centre is in definite need of refurbishment. Despite it being a Westfield Centre it is nowhere near the standard I've come to expect from visiting other Westfield Centres - the centre in Derby really does put Broadmarsh to shame! There have been rumours of a complete rebuild for many years now but we have yet to see any of these plans being put into action. The city offers shopping opportunities for everybody, regardless of budget, which I love.
Inspired by my trip to Nottingham yesterday, I have decided to view my thoughts on the cities choice of shops myself.
Il start off by saying the broadmarsh carpark, where we parked was an absolute rip off!! £5.80 for 4 hours parking!! If we were a few minutes late it would have gone up to £8.90 for 5 hours!! Or £15 for the day!! For those visiting, please don't park there, there must be cheaper parking spaces around!
Anyway, back to the shops... Nottingham is a pretty large city and I have visited many times before via train as it was direct from my town. It is host to two large sized shopping centres, those being the Broadmarsh and also the Victoria centre. The shops in these are very mixed. The Victoria home to shops such as John Lewis, HMV, Boots and the Broadmarsh home to TK Maxx, Boots as well and a selection of smaller, not so well known shops. Since my visits in the past I do feel the Broadmarsh centre is not as good as it used to be with a lot more cheap tacky shops now taking residence.
The shops outside of these centres are also varied, being host to various shops such as New Look, Zara, Warehouse, Debenhams and Schuh and of course many more high street favourites. These are all on the same stretch of roads in the city centre and are pedestrian friendly. Food places are also plentiful with a variety of Mcdonalds, subway, Pizza huts all around and also various pubs and restaurants. Prices vary for each place of course.
For those interested in alternative fashion, there are a couple of shops off the main street called ice 9 and void available.
I did prefer Nottingham when I was younger but its gotten very boring lately and I prefer shopping in bigger places such as London where the shops aren't samey. But it is of course much better than my own town, which offers me nothing so is good for things such as Xmas shopping and such like.
I lived in Nottingham until 2007 when I moved to Leicester for my university course. I'd always enjoyed shopping in Nottingham but it was only being away from home and visiting other citys that I realised exactly what were lacking in the shopping department!
BROADMARSH SHOPPING CENTRE
In 2007, a three redevelopment plan was announced for the Broadmarsh. I've now heard that this has been delayed but in my opinnion it couldn't come soon enough because the centre is very outdated with few new shops. It has a few major high street stores such as Boots, Argos and BHS but that's it really. It could really do with a few more well known brands to become a mix of well known stores and smaller stores. Currently, it seems to be occupied by lots of smaller, often useless stores.
It has a really bad selection of clothes stores. There is a huge TK Maxx and a good Dorothy Perkins but apart from that, there's lots of smaller shops selling cheaper and often tacky looking clothes. For example shops such as Pashion, Pilot and Admire all sell cheap clothing but aren't always the greatest quality. I'd love to see some of these shops replaced with some of the more well known clothing brands. Maybe a Mango or Oasis or something like that. Yes these shops would be more expensive but at least the overall clothing quality would improve. It could also do with some decent shoe shops too.
I guess what Broadmarsh is a good shopping spot for is cards and books and little gift ideas. With Best Wishes, Card Factory, Card Zone, Book Extra and Paper kisses there's plenty of choice at relativley cheap prices. There's also quite a few homeware stores too like Textiles Direct, C Furniture and Evolution.
I also like Diamonds and Peals which shows unique jewellery which you probably wouldn't find in other shops. I guess this odd mixture of shops could be seen as a positive because it gives the centre something unique and unusual. However, personally I avoid the centre as much as possible!
THE VICTORIA CENTRE
The Victoria Centre is the best known shopping centre in Nottingham. It's certainly my favourite of the two shopping centres as I feel it is the most modern with the best selection of stores.
You can expect to find the usual high street stores like Next, WH Smiths, Boots, John Lewis and Tesco and unlike the Broadmarsh, it has a nice selection of clothes shops too such as a large Topshop, Jane Norman, Dorothy Perkins, Republic and Monsoon.
As well as these well know shops there's a nice collection of good quality smaller shops. For example, Sweets from Heaven is a tiny shop located upstairs in the centre. Despite being tiny, it's full of unusual and novelty sweets including large swirly lollipops, jellybeans, and pez dispensers. And Hawkins Bizarre is full of unusual gifts and lots of retro classic childhood toys so it is fun to explore. Build a Bear is another fun shop, full of cuddly toys which you chose and then dress!
It's definitley worth a visit and is ever expanding. With Bay Trading just closed down and Woolworths still empty, there's space for two new shops to open and the recent addition of a Subway has provided the centre with a much needed cafe!
The shopping centre is compact which is a major advantage of shopping in Nottingham. It's within walking distance to walk between the two centres which means you can visit them both in the same day without too much of a problem.
I find that the best shops are actually situated outside, between the two shopping ventre such as the fantastic, 3 floor, New Look which can be found just outside the Broadmarsh and the large Primark situated by the Market Square. This is where I do most of my shopping.
In the summer, it's nice to shop all the outdoor shops then sit by the fountains in the Market Square, which has recent been renevated and is beautiful in the summer.
A good shopping centre but not the best. It has the potential to be an excellent shopping centre if rennovations are completed and New shopd open up.
I find the new Highcross in Leicester to have a far better selection of shops.
I was taken to Nottingham for my birthday by my partner at the beginning of this month, mainly because Lemar was showing and we had tickets for that, but I had been reliably I informed that there was some good shopping in Nottingham and I am a bit of a shopoholic so what better way than to spend the weekend!
We stayed in The Holiday Inn Express which was a perfect location and you could walk the town centre easily.
The shops: There were two shopping centres: Broadmarsh and Victoria Centre. The Broadmarsh shopping centre was a lot older in style and didn't contain many of your everyday high street shops but I found that a positive thing, I didn't want to come to Nottingham and buy something I could of bought where I live. In Broadmarsh you can expect to see the 99p shop, TKMaxx, Wilkinsons, Diamonds and Pearls which is a fab shop for accessories and then Nottingham's own shops. Depending which entrance you come into then one of the entrances is the entrance into the Nottingham caves which was signposted and appeared to be a tourist attraction the locals commented on.
The Victoria Centre, was much larger and contained all the well known high street shops, your next, boots, Whsmith, Republic, John Lewis etc, this centre was a lot busier than Broadmarsh.
These centres were not it, there were shops all over surrounding both centres, a nice large river island, a large Lakeland and a huge HMV and of course Primark! There were lots of smaller shops, some lovely jewellery shops and a lane and small centre of designer shops
Despite all the shops being in several areas they were all in easy walking distance and its highly recommended if you want somewhere to spend some money
Even though I've lived in Manchester, Nottingham has always bene up there as one of my favourite places to go to shop, which often surprises people.
Once of the things I like about Nottingham is that it's so easy to get around, and all the best shops are in the city centre that's walkable, albeit in different 'areas' and two different shopping centres.
First of all, there's Broadmarsh, which is a slightly older looking shopping centre. It's unusual in that it also has an entrance to the Nottingham caves in the side. It's not massive, but it does have some great shops including pound shops, Wilkos, a 99p shop, Dorothy Perkins, Thorntons, Evolution, TK Maxx and many others. The drawback to it is that it has some very annoying stalls with hair straighteners, massage stuff etc. that people try to stop you at to get you to buy something.
If you walk through the back entrance, there is a double row of shops up to market square. There are several banks here as well, a Hotel Chocolat, River Island, H&M, a giant New Look with half a floor of shoes, Game, and lots of other places. At this point, if you turn left there's a Lakeland, Starbucks, Costa and what used to be the German Diddl store (but it's closed down now :()
Up into Market Square, there's a market on Saturdays. Depending on the time of year it sells everything from German sausages to French candle holders to chocolate pizzas. Surrounding again are lots of shops - just off the square are Forbidden Planet and Games Workshop; straight ahead are Schuh, Pizza Hut, Debenhams etc.
Walk right past the town hall and there's a smart mini shopping centre called The Arcade which is very expensive.
On past Primark, then head left towards the other shopping centre and you'll go past Bank, Lush, and many other places.
Last stop - the Victoria shopping centre, with Hawkin's Bazaar, John Lewis, and tons of other shops. One of my favourites is Sweets From Heaven, which sells all retro sweets and chocolate, and imports from America. Yum.
Getting to Nottingham city centre is easy - Broadmarsh is just a two minute walk from the train station, and is literally part of the bus station. Nottingham Uni is about a 10-15 min drive or 50 min walk away.
I find Nottingham a great place for shopping. Each year it attracts over 25 million shoppers. There are two main shopping centres which are The Victoria Centre and The Broadmarsh Centre which is currently being redeveloped. There are many shopping streets connecting the two and smaller shopping centres called The Exchange Arcade and The Flying Horse for more specialist shops. Other areas in the city with some good specialist shops are Hockley and the Lace Market. The main department stores are John Lewis, Debenhams and the House of Fraser.
The biggest of the shopping centres housing 120 shops. Shops inside are John Lewis, House of Fraser,
Boots, Game, Qube, The Orange Shop, WH Smith, Next, La Senza and Hawkins Bazzar. Places to eat include Subway and Druckers. There is a permanet market called Victoria Market on the top floor which sells fruit, veg, dried nuts and fruit, drinks, materials, gifts, cleaning products etc.
This centre is open every day of the week and late night shopping is on a Wednesday when shops are open till 7:30pm. On other week days it is open till 5:30pm. Saturday it is open 9am-6pm and on Sundays and Bank holidays it is open 10am-5pm. Victoria Centre has a car park with over 2700 spaces.
A selection of shops in here: Argos, TK Maxx, A pound shop, Half Price Jewellers, Original Shoe Co, JD Sports, The Orange Shop, Wilkos, Greggs, Wimpy and Wilkinsons. There is a children's play area in this centre. The Caves of Nottingham is also here.
Opening times are 9am - 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and 10:30am - 4:30pm on a Sunday.
This is an area with a few alternative shops, the main ones being Ice Nine and Void. These shops sell band t shirts, other clothing, new rocks, skate shoes, hair dye, body jewellery and lots ornaments / gifts.
Off the Old Market Square in the Centre of Nottingham is a Primark, Debenhams and a Schuh.
Other shops in the city include: Paul Smith, Wilkinsons Zavvi, Zara, Kookai, HMV, Drothy Perkins, Diesel, Ted Baker, The Token House, Ark, Ghost and FCUK.
To go shopping in other areas of Nottingham you can buy an all day ticket for NCT buses which cost £3.
Nottingham city centre is my favourite place outside of London to go shopping, it really has something for everyone. Like with most cities it has the standard high street shops (HMV, WHSmith, Primark, Topshop etc) and two large shopping centers (Broadmarsh and the Victoria Centre), as well as the more high-end stores (Paul Smith, MAC and Hugo Boss). But what I love most about Nottingham shopping is the more unusual stores that it has - for original and vintage clothes there is Wild Clothing and Celia's, for unusual gifts there is the Tokenhouse and Stuff, and there are several fantastic hidden stores such as Plank and The Bead Shop dotted around the town. Music wise there is the more mainstream Zavvi and HMV as well as the music lovers Selectadisc and Fopp for musical bargains. Nottingham is also a fantastic place to quench your thirst and stave of hunger while shopping - there are the standards like Pizza Hut and Bella Italia as well as the more offbeat places like the Alleycat Café and Shake Out. Market Square boasts an outdoor fountain (great for entertaining the kids) and often holds free outdoor concerts, a giant wheel and even an outdoor ice-rink at Christmas, meaning there is always something to entertain while out and about. I couldn't recommend it enough.
Nottingham is the best place in the east midlands to go shopping it has bits of everything to suit anyone's tastes. The wide ammount of choice it has is thanks to its 2 main shopping centers victoria center and broadmarsh. There are plenty of places to go and get most the things you want at a reasonable price. Shops that I would recomend would be Ice nine and victoria market they are great places to pick up great bargains. When uv done enough shopping you can go to one of the many coffee shops in the center of town and have a nice sit down and a drink. Nottingham has alot of high street clothes shops so you have a wide choice to look through before you buy. There are also plenty of jewlers and technology shops so you know that there will always be a fair choice for whatever u want.
Also nottingham has plenty of hotels near by so you can do longer shopping trips and have somewhere nice to stay after
wow - I so love shopping in Nottingham - it os well wortha shopping trip!
We live quite near Manchester but my daughter has been at Nottingham Uni so have visited her quite a number of times.
The shops are fantastic - there is so much variety and everything is easily accessible and reasonably close together so you can have a real wander around without getting soaked!
The shops I really like are Wilkinsons, The Works,Primark, Lakeland, and, of course, the number of POUND shops (inc a 99P) shop!! There are so many bargains to be had and plenty of food and drink places to keep up your energy levels!
I like to come across unusual shops as well so was well pleased to see 'Past Times' and The Pier which I thought were only mail order. I was also really pleased to find 'Lush', Sweets from Heaven' and 'Hawker's Bazaar'!!
In the East Midlands Nottingham is without doubt the best place to go shopping, compared with the likes of Leicester and Derby. There are some great shops for men. The Broadmarsh and Victoria centres contain a lot of good shops like House of Fraser and Debenhams. However there are a number of really good designer shops that i feel put Nottingham ahead of the rest. Paul Smith started in Nottingham and there are two of their shops in the city which i think do some great stuff. Ted Baker is also in the city and they too do some excellent clothes, however some people may feel they are a little of the expensive side. A recent addition to the city has been Jack Wills which is extremely popular with many people today, especially there excellent shirts which are very nice indeed. The tram system also makes getting around very easy. Easily the best shopping location in the East Midlands.
I assume that you have never stayed at the Gresham Hotel, seeing as you have recommended it as a good place to stay when shopping in Nottingham!! It's dull, dingy, smelly and dirty. Poor facilities, dirty crockery and cutlery. Oh, and there was hair in my breakfast!! Avoid it at all costs!!!
Nottingham is a brilliant place to shop. And I'll tell you why-whatever you want can be find if you look hard enough, be it a six foot vibrator or a pair of plimsolls, Nottingham has it all. It?s also got loads of places to stop off for a drink and a nibble should you need a break, as well as many pedestrians areas to make shopping easier. Add to this the brand spanking new tram system that brings other areas within easy reach of the city centre, and you've got it sorted. First of all you've got to get to Nottingham, and I can?t imagine that would be too hard. After all, we have a large train station in the city centre (as well as several others in Bulwell, Beeston and Hucknall to name but a few.) With being a major city, we're also pretty easy to get to by coach, with several different coach companies operating in and around Nottingham. For those of you coming from further afield, we also have an airport, formerly known as East Midlands, but recently renamed Nottingham East Midlands (Thumbs nose at Derby here in moment of immaturity!).And once you get here there are also several very reliable taxi companies. And if you're coming from a long way off, you'll need somewhere to stay as well wont you? For those of you wanting a B&B, there are several in close proximity to the train station, with the Gresham hotel offering a room and breakfast for £28 a night. Or, if you prefer a touch more luxury, why not try the Lace Market Hotel, a ten-minute walk from the train station and a stones throw away from the main shopping area. The hotel features wonderful boutique design (glass, chrome, smoked mirrors) without any of the standoffishness that usually accompanies such style. It has friendly staff, and a restaurant, Merchants, that is one of the most popular in the city. For shoppers we have everything.Versace, Armani, Ghost, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Karen Millen, Kookai, Jigsaw, Ted Baker and, of course, Paul Smith. As
well as these, we have all the usual high street shops as well as a few more unusual stores tucked away. Lets start with the Victoria Centre, the larger of the two main shopping centres in Nottingham. It has well over 120 stores under one roof, as well as a busy market. Some of the stores you will find here include the Gadget shop, Pumpkin Patch, a Tesco supermarket, House of Frazer and Jessops (John Lewis). I?ll include a link to the website at the bottom of the page which will enable you to visit the Victoria Centre website. Also worthy of note in the Victoria centre is the Emmet Clock. Not sure where you've heard of Emmet before? He created the car in chitty chitty bang bang, and his clock in the Victoria centre is just as fantastic a creation, with dancing animals, a fountain, and a performance every fifteen minutes. The centre has excellent disabled access, and a friendly and helpful customer service team located on the upper floor. Victoria Centre opening hours is as follows: Monday 9-5.30 Tuesday 9.00 - 5.30 Wednesday 9.00 - 8.00 Thursday 9.00 - 5.30 Friday 9.00 - 5.30 Saturday 9.00 - 6.00 Sunday 10.00 - 5.00 Bank Holidays 10.30 - 4.30 Please note: Individual store opening times may differ The other main shopping centre in Nottingham is the Broad marsh Centre, located at the other end of the city near to the train station. It?s smaller then the Victoria centre, but the range of shops is just as good. Again, many of the well-known high street names feature here, as well as a few more interesting shops, such as the Sportizus sport memorabilia shop, Situls gift shop, and many more. Particularly worthy of note in this venue are the toilets. No bog standard (pardon the pun) lavs these. After all, how many toilets do you know that offer a hairdryer and a shoeshine machine. Not to mention the family room, which has a television, microwave, steam steriliser, breastfeeding room and bottle warmer.
The toilets here go that bit further. Shopping hours are 9.00 to 5.30 Monday to Friday, and 11.00 to 5.00 on Sunday, and again individual shop opening times may vary. Between these two shopping centres is the Market Square, where you can hop on a bus or a tram to take you to another area of the city. There are markets throughout the year, sometimes craft markets, at other times farmers markets, and if you ever see any stalls there it's well worth a look. Around the square are various shops, including Littlewoods.Debenhams, Shah, and a few others. Also coming off the market square is Flying Horse Arcade, which houses some shops you won't see anywhere else, with my particular favourites being Spirit Glassware, selling painted glass, and Focal Point Interiors which sells a wide range of wonderful objet d'art for the home. Across the road is The Exchange Arcade, with stunning p painted ceiling and a range of exclusive shops, such as Gauntleys fine food and wine, and Atomic, which sells unusual gift items. Also well worth a visit, especially for those people looking for something different, is the Lace Market/Hockley area which features a wide range of clothing and gift shops you wont find anywhere else, such as Jugglers (erm, juggling stuff) Ice Nine (unusual clothing, giftware, and magic mushrooms) and Void (Gothic clothing and Cyberwear). Nottingham is well worth a visit if you've money to spend, and the shops and malls I've covered here are only a small selection of what Nottingham has to offer. As well as all these shops there are also excellent cafes and restaurants and a busy nightlife in Nottingham, so why not come down and make a weekend of it. Thanks for reading; Hope this review has been helpful to you. http://www.victoria-centre-nottingham.co.uk/ for more info on victoria centre.
I do enjoy Nottingham for shopping. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I was brought here a lot as a child, as my parents loathed Leicester for shopping, and I carry on the same bias. Nottingham has two main large shopping centres; the Broadmarsh and the Victoria. They are both within walking distance of each other and all the big name shops are either within these two centres or on the streets between. It is so easy to find anything you want as you walk around the centres or are on route between the two. Both The Victoria and The Broadmarsh have carparks attached. The last time I checked the Broadmarsh one was cheaper to park in. If you are coming in by Bus, the station is actually beside the Victoria Centre so you are straight where you want to be. I find the whole layout of Nottingham to be attractive to look at, and easy to navigate. It is one of my favourite towns to visit and I rarely come away with nothing after a shopping trip.
I don't think I've ever been shopping in Nottingham and not come back with what I was looking for. (I've probably come back with a load of other junk as well, but that's just me.) Apparently it's in the top 4 shopping destinations nationally, with London, Glasgow and Manchester. For a start, the self-styled "Queen of the Midlands" has two shopping centres, the larger Victoria Centre, which is north of the town centre, and the Broad Marsh centre which is to the south near the rail station. Both have bus stations adjacent, as well as car parks, and I'd recommend using one of the Park and Ride schemes to avoid jams. The Vic is larger, brighter and has a good range of shops including House of Fraser, Boots' home-city flagship store (it's huge!), Woolies, Jessops (John Lewis) and a Tesco Metro. There are many smaller and specialist shops, and an indoor market with over 300 stalls selling everything from fresh fish, meat and bread to fabric and jewellery. There's also a fantastic clock/sculpture/fountain by Rowland Emmett - be sure to be there on an hour or half hour to see it in action. The Broad Marsh is smaller, but somewhat less crowded - down to both design and fewer people - and there are more places to sit. Large shops include BHS, Argos, and Allders department store, and there are more cheapo fly-by-night and "everything 99p" type shops here. Between these two centres is the Old Market Square area, with everything from Littlewoods and Debenhams to Red or Dead and Schuh. There's no market on the square these days except at Christmas, when there's a great craft fair. Various alleys and streets run between the square and the two shopping centres, and most of them are pedestrianised or at least buses only, although that doesn't mean they're not busy! Under-cover shopping in style is offered in the arcade beneath the Council House and across the road at the Flyin
g Horse, although the shops tend to be pricey designer boutiques. If your style is more eclectic than high-street, you should try the Hockley area, which is up behind (east of) the Council House (the large domed building dominating the Market Square). There are many more funky, new-age, and independent shops here than you could shake a stick at, plus the ubiquitous bars and cafes, all housed in Victorian buildings. The area has undergone somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, and is becoming perhaps too trendy. My personal weakness is record shops, especially second hand ones, and I can make no finer recommendation than Selectadisc, which has three (count them!) units on Market Street - one for singles, one for indie/alternative, and one for mainstream (new and second hand). Fantastic selection, unbeatable prices, and they even sell wacky-coloured CD cases to top off your latest mix CD. Way Ahead on St James' is also worth a look, as is Arcade Records on Chapel Bar. Few, if any, of the shops seem to be empty, or at least not for long, and many units are opening up as trendy bars and cafes, giving the place a busy, vibrant atmosphere. From clothes, shoes and books to skateboards, aromatherapy candles and cowboy boots, you'll find it all in Nottingham.