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After moving to Nottingham for university, one of the first things I wanted to check out was how good the shopping facilities were going to be. I love a good day out shopping either with the girls or on my own if I'm in that kind of mood and one of the first things I checked out was the shopping centres. Nottingham does have two shopping centres, the Victoria Centre and Broadmarsh and both are quite large.
== Quick history of the Victoria Centre ==
This shopping centre stands on the old Nottingham Victoria railway station which was demolished in 1967. The actual build of the shopping centre took place between 1967 and 1972, which makes it only 39 years old. On top of the original build, an extension was done, as well as refurbishment, in 1997 to make way for a large department store, House of Frasier.
== Getting there ==
If you are driving, the Victoria Centre is very easy to get to, being signposted as soon as you hit the city centre. The centre has car parking facilities which can hold up to 2700 cars. The car park is separated into different coloured zones (white, blue, green, yellow and red) split on to 6 levels. The white zone is open 24 hours which is fantastic if you are coming for a night out/ seeing a show and need somewhere central to park.
Up to 1 hour £1.50
Up to 2 hours £3.00
Up to 3 hours £4.50
Up to 4 hours £6.00
Up to 5 hours £9.00
Up to 6 hours £12.00
6-24 hours £15.00 (Although if you go after 4pm and leave before 7am, the most you will pay is £4.50)
If you are not driving and are instead taking a bus, most of the different routes stop extremely closely, if not directly outside of the shopping centre. Some of the buses in Nottingham also actually stop inside the Victoria Centre's coach terminal. If you are a visitor in Nottingham, the inner city buses cost £1.60 for a single ticket or £3.20 for a day ticket and most buses only take the exact change.
== Opening Times ==
Monday: 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday: 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday: 09:00 - 19:30
Thursday: 09:00 - 18:00
Friday: 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 19:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00
== Facilities ==
2 outside Poundworld
1 outside Clintons
1 outside Muffin Break
Lower Mall opening times:
Monday - Friday 8am -7pm
Except Wednesday 8am -8pm
Saturday 8am - 8pm
Sunday 9am - 6pm
Upper Mall opening times:
Monday - Sunday 9am - 6pm
Except Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Disabled Access Lifts
There are larger lifts in the following stores:
House of Fraser
== Contact Information ==
222 Victoria Centre,
Telephone number: 0115 912 1111
== The Shops ==
The Victoria Centre hosts over 120 shops as well as the only market in the city. The market is on the upper level and can be found about half way down the centre. The indoor market hosts a variety of stalls which range from fresh fish to greetings cards. I don't venture up there too much though as there is nothing I ever really need to buy from there.
Something which the Victoria Centre is proud to have is two of the biggest department stores this country has - John Lewis and House of Frasier. Having John Lewis was a massive appeal to me as the town I lived in before didn't have one and I was excited to see what they had to offer. After watching the TV show about it a while ago, I was interested in John Lewis as a company but also the kinds of items that they sold. Now, John Lewis is one of my favourite stores in Nottingham and although I cannot afford to shop there all of the time, I find it extremely useful if I need to buy any gifts as they really do have something for everyone.
As well as big department stores, there is also a massive Boots. There are a couple more Boots shops in the city but this is by far the largest, with the most on offer. The cosmetics section is fantastic and bigger than any other I have seen in a Boots shop. Unlike some smaller Boots shops, the cosmetics section has quite a lot of staff on hand in case you need any help or any advice which is a big appeal to me. As well as Boots, there is also a Superdrug and a couple of different perfume shops so there is somewhere to easily buy gifts or beauty products.
While most of the shops in the Victoria Centre are well known from the high street, there are also some smaller shops which I hadn't seen before. A recent addition to the centre is an Appy Feet store, one of those crazy places where you can pay for little fish to eat away at the dead/ hard skin on your feet. While I would never go here myself, I do think it is a great idea to have this in a shopping centre. Sometimes I can be in town all day and near the end, my feet are killing me. If I wasn't so bothered about sitting and having this done where everyone could see, I would probably have this done at the end of the day to stop my feet from hurting.
From what I can see, there are only two shops really suited for children in the whole centre. A Disney Store and the Early Learning Centre doesn't seem enough to me for children's shopping but I have been told that there used to be a Woolworths as well before it closed down. The Victoria Centre is probably not the idea place to take children for a long time as they might get bored and there aren't many shops to take them to in order to break up the day.
When it comes to shopping for clothes, as a girl, the Victoria Centre is pretty good. Some of the shops available are Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins, a massive Next, Gap, Jane Norman and Lipsy, amongst many others. The Victoria Centre is a perfect place to pick up a new outfit on any budget as there are so many shops to pick from. However, there doesn't seem to be much on offer in the way of men's fashion. Unless you are looking in a department store or Next, guys only really have the choice of sports shops instead of some of the trendier shops that you can find in the high street. Because of this, I really think that this shopping centre is much more suitable for girls, which is quite a shame.
== Where can you get something to Eat? ==
Unlike bigger shopping centres like Meadowhall, the Victoria Centre doesn't have a big food hall. Instead, there are different places to grab a bite to eat all over the centre. Just on the outside of the Victoria Centre is a KFC and a Burger King directly across the road. Inside the centre you can find Subway, Millie's Cookies and Greggs as well as some other, lesser known shops. John Lewis and House of Frasier have their own restaurants which are probably the best places to go for a sit down meal. I don't think that the Victoria Centre has the best places to eat compared to other shopping centres but there are plenty of better places within a couple of minutes walking distance outside of the centre.
At the very back of the shopping centre is a fairly big Tesco, considering that it is in a shopping centre. Here, you can buy any regular groceries as well as take away food like sandwiches and salads for a better price than what most of the other places to eat has to offer.
== Final Thoughts ==
Even though the Victoria Centre has a lot to offer a girl, I would still probably prefer to shop on the high street. There is a big selection of clothes shops for girls but not much for everyone else. Children may find it extremely disappointing with not much to look at and for the boys, there isn't much at all, except a couple of clothes shops and a pretty big HMV. Something that I do like though is that there is a two floor W H Smiths with a massive selection of books although it still doesn't compare to the four floor Waterstones which is only five minutes down the road. Overall, the Victoria Centre is ok but it isn't amazing. It is still better than the other shopping centre, Broadmarsh though and I would always pick it over going there. I think with a better and bigger selection of shops, the Victoria Centre would be much more popular and would attract more people from outside of town.
The Victoria shopping 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 and a Tesco metro supermarket 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, material, 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.
~~~~~Location / Parking~~~~~
The Victoria Centre is located towards the North of the city centre just of the Mansfield Road (A60). There are car parks located at the centre and are marked by colour zones. The White Zone car park located off Woodborough Road is the only section of car park that is 24 hours. The Blue/Red/Green and Yellow car parks are located off Glasshouse Street and close when the centre closes due to them being located under the shopping centre.
The current opening hours of the centre are:
Normal Opening Times Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00
Monday: 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday: 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday: 09:00 - 19:30
Thursday: 09:00 - 18:00
Friday: 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 19:00
On the upper floor of the centre is an information desk which offers information about the centre, lost property, basic information about the local area and Blue Badge parking validation. You can also purchase gift cards from the information desk which are great for presents as you can use them in any of the stores in the centre.
The Victoria centre is a popular choice for shopping in Nottingham although it is becoming slightly dated in terms of decor and has had some more popular shops such as River Island and Miss Selfridge move to different locations in the city in recent years. Although there has recently been an announcement that the centre will being receiving a £250 million extension and refurbishment. I think this will greatly improve the centre and make it once again a prime shopping location capable of rivalling other cities.
The website for more information on the Victoria Shopping Centre is www.victoriacentre.uk.com.
4 stars - would have been 5 the centre is just in need of modernisation now.
Nottingham has two large shopping centres, the Broadmarsh Centre and the Victoria Centre, situated at opposite ends of the city centre .The Victoria Centre is the bigger of the two, containing 120 shops (not counting all the various stalls in the market area.)
Getting there is easy - if you drive, there's parking for over 2700 cars . If you don't drive, don't worry - almost all the Nottingham City Transport buses stop either directly outside the Victoria Centre, or within a few minutes walk of it . Other bus companies from slightly further afield, such as Trent Barton , terminate at the local coach station within the centre . If you're walking, the centre is signposted from various points in the city centre, and at the end of the day when you're weighed down with shopping, there are 2 taxi ranks directly outside the main entrance on Milton Street - one facing each way!
In addition to all the convenience in getting there - they even have a creche, where you can prebook a slot from 1 hour to 2 and a half hours, so you can tuck your little terrors away and let them have fun while you do your shopping unpestered by all the demands small children make . I don't often use this, but have done at christmas when it's been a godsend - no nosy little people trying to see what you're putting into your basket!
And there are also toilets on all floors, including mother and baby and disabled facilities. As well as this, all floors are accessible by stairs, escalator and lift, and there are also lifts to the various car parks . Easy access and convenience all round then .
At all the entrances are also information points with touch screens to help you find your way around, and on the top floor there is also a customer help desk should you need further help .
Okay, so, onto the shops . Well with so many in one place, I can't possibly attempt to list them all, but I will mention some of the big names, and elaborate on a few of my favourites!
Well, the centre has two large department stores - House of Fraser, and John Lewis . I don't tend to spend much money in these as they tend to be out of my price range,but they're great fun to browse around and imagine how I'd spend my future lottery winnings . However, when the sales come on, they are well worth looking into for a good bargain - I managed to get my daughter a lovely doll from here, it cried , laughed, burped, giggled, and talked, had moving features, and even a range of accessories, and it cost only £12, reduced from £35, which I felt was a real bargain .
The centre is also home to the largest of the Boots stores in Nottingham - as well as stocking all your usual makeup and toiletries, many of the makeup companies have their own section where you can have a little make over and some handy tips . Some of these charge, but the charge is usually redeemable against their products . It also has an optitions, and a photography section where you can get film developed. I love this Boots store - I do love some nice bath smellies, and can spend hours in here sniffing at things to find the perfect potion for a relaxing soak, spraying myself with various perfumes, and playing with different make-up .
Leaving the Boots store, often smelling of a variety of combined perfumes, I'll often make my way along to the HMV store, to see what dvds or music catch my eye . Its not the largest HMV in Nottingham,but it still carries a decent range, and features listening stations for music. HMV often have sales or multibuy offers, although in most cases I tend to buy entertainment goods from Amazon . I do like to visit to get some ideas for my wishlist though!
If my daughter is with me, we'll probably have a look in a couple of the toy shops . Sadly woolies is no more, but we still have the Early Learning Centre, and the Entertainer to keep us busy, as well as the Disney store, which has a wide range of Disney branded merchandise, from soft toys to pajamas, as well as some lovely jewellery boxes . This store can get a bit crowded, and is particularly popular with tourists .
By this point, I'm starting to get a little hungry . If I'm in a hurry, I might pop into Victoria Markets fish section and get some mushy peas from one of the stalls in there . I I have a little more time, I'll probably pop into Druckers for a nice slice of cake and a cup of tea - the food in Druckers is lovely, although the prices aren't the cheapest .
Or, if I want some grease, I might nip downstairs to the KFC - although I tend to avoid this at weekends as it gets messy and overcrowded .
After a spot of lunch, I might have a little look at some of the clothes shops - Monsoon is out of my price range, but excellent for a little window shopping . Julianne Heath does some lovely plus size clothing, and although prices are fairly high, they do have a decent range of high quality products . And I might nip into Claires to pick up some accessories to compliment my outfit .
At the end of the day, I'll probably nip into Tesco's to pick of some food and other bits and bobs, and then head outside to clamber, exhausted , into a taxi home .
Overall, I really like Victoria Centre - I've only named a few ofthe many shops the centre has too offer - it's a great place to get all your shopping done, and particularly at christmas, is a lot of fun to shop in - they have a large grotto and lots of decorations around that time, as well as late night shopping. I highly recommend taking a wander around here if you get the chance- there are shops for everyone !
Today I have visited Victoria Centre Shopping Centre in Nottingham City Centre.
I have been here many times before, so I am a bit of a regular, and I have seen it change over the years but have always liked it.
The most noticeable thing from todays visit was the amount of shops that have suddenly disappeared: I have never known Victoria Centre to have empty shops or boarded-up shop fronts before, so it's a sad sign of the times.
Sadly missing and only very recently - Woolies, The Pier, Principles, The Works .... and more.
However, there are around 130 shops normally, with a really good choice and mix. In Nottingham city centre, there are two main indoor shopping centres, this one and the Broadmarsh: it's commonly accepted that Victoria Centre is the more upmarket one of the two - and Broadmarsh will never have anything like the Victoria Centre clock!
This sits in the middle of the main mall area, with seating around it, and is always a magnet for little (and not so little ) kids. It is constructed from copper and other metals, has a real working clock, and has a clockwork wheel with little scoops on it that have been turned constantly by the water dropping down for around 30 years ! It's really nice and unusual and I hope they never get rid of it. On the quarter hour it plays a little tune, and on the hour it gives you the full symphony, lol.
Vicky Centre, as it's locally known, has all your usual high street shops like Top Shop, Monsoon, Dorothy Perkins, Next, Barratts, Superdrug, HMV ... you know all the names!
It is also home to the more upmarket John Lewis department store and the uber-posh House of Fraser.
There are loads of cafes and food stores, and then some smaller retailers like newsagents, key cutters, jewellers, hairdressers and even an acupuncturist (which I have tried and tested - I must remember to review that!) There is even a Tesco Metro inside.
The flagship Boots store is at the front of the centre and has the full range - after all, Nottingham is where Boots was founded.
Also near the front of Vic Centre, is Victoria Market: This is an indoor market, on two floors, and it sells everything: Clothes, food, fabric, cosmetics, you name it, anything an outdoor traditional market would sell, but this is better because it's not affected by the weather. Particularly good is the traditional Polish food stall, and also there are several cafes. From the main mall, you can see the huge fabric stall, which looks gorgeous with all the different coloured rolls stacked up. I have got one complaint recently though: I think the air conditioning system must be playing up, because it never used to be a problem, but the last couple of visits, there is an overpowering smell of raw fish wafting through the centre, coming from the fishmongers in the market. Quite offputting!I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for that.
There is a shopper's creche, which is very reasonable at around £6 for two hours last time I used it (around 2 years ago). You pre-book in case it's busy and then it's really straightforward. They are very good, tight on security and ofsted registered.
Victoria Centre has it's own huge multi-storey carpark, with access directly into the centre. I was there today for about two and a half hours and it cost me £4.60 , so not cheap, but not too bad either.
Directly outside the centre are all the public transport links for the Nottingham Tram System and all the local bus services, and there is also a proper bus station at the back of the centre too, so you can easily get there.
A few years ago there did seem to be a bit of a problem with security, with people being hassled on their way to the car park etc. but in recent times, this seems to have been sorted out, and there are visible security staff all over the place and it feels safer again.
If you can't find what you want here, you don't have far to walk to find it - Nottingham city centre is very compact and it's only 10 minutes to find all the other shopping streets/centres etc.
Last but not least, there are loads and loads of toilets all over the centre, and they are spread out so you don't have to walk miles to find one!
The Victoria Centre in Nottingham has the better shops than the Broadmarsh (its rival just down the road). It is however only a small part of the nottingham shopping experience. There is a wide range of well known shops in the Victoria Centre and a small indoor market selling meat, fish and other goods. It is a shame that smaller, independant shops have moved out to make way for the bigger fish.
The Victoria Centre has 120 shops and stores, including John Lewis and House of Fraser. There is also a wide selection of cafes and restaurants.
The Victoria Centre typically attracts over 450,000 visitors a week, and can get very busy on a saturday. As well as opening 7 days a week, with late night shopping on a Wednesday, Victoria Centre has 2,700 covered parking (although parking isnt cheap).
I like the Victoria Centre as it has some good shops but i often find that it is dirty as cleaning is not done often enough. There is also a lack of toilets and seating during busy periods.
The Victoria Centre is one of the two main shopping centres in Nottingham city centre, the other one being the Broadmarsh Centre. Over the years I have visited them both many times. If I am having a major shopping trip I will start at one of the centres, look around that one, then make the 5-10 minute walk between the centres, looking at the shops on the way, and then look around the other centre. I rarely bother to move out of this path unless I am looking for a specific shop or want to visit the more unique Lace Market area, because this route takes you past most of the major shops.
The Victoria Centre itself has a quite wide variety of shops. There is a huge Next and a massive Boots which are both worth mentioning, plus a lot of other high street chain shops such as Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, Claire's Accessories, WHSmith, Accessorize, West One etc. However for some other chain stores such as Zara, Evans, French Connection and Oasis you will have to venture outside, and for some such as New Look, BHS and MK One you will have to walk over to the Broadmarsh.
As well as the main stores there are a few more unique ones, such as the Disney Store and the Build a Bear Workshop.
Inside the Victoria Centre there is also an indoor market where you can buy things such as meat, flowers, haberdashery. Personally I find this area grubby, dark, difficult to navigate and cold and I avoid it at all costs.
Aside from the market area though, the centre is not badly laid out, though those used to newer shopping centres may find it a little narrow and not very light or airy in places. There's no natural light and it can get cramped on Saturdays and near Christmas. Also although there are some quite nice toilets at one end, there are none at the other end and you can therefore often find yourself a long way away from the loos.
I will always go to the Victoria Centre as long as I live near Nottingham because it is convenient and has some good stores. However this isn't a big enough or special enough place to spend the whole day, the way that you might do in the Meadowhall Centre in Sheffield for example. It is really just a very large shopping arcade.
I thought I'd give this place an up-to-date review, seeing as it hasn't been commented on here for over 8 years! Affectionately named the 'Vicky Centre' by locals, this complex is slap-bang in the city centre, surrounded by the Hilton Hotel, TK Maxx, and numerous shops and restaurants. It's also right next to the bus station, and is also easily reached by car, though there is no tram stop nearby. Nottingham is a city that's definitely great for shopping, but I wouldn't say that the Victoria Centre makes a massive contribution to that.
Of course there is a decent sized Topshop, with numerous ranges as featured in their London flagship store, and other main players such as Monsoon, Dorothy Perkins, Gap, John Lewis and House of Fraser. The Tesco Express situated conveniently on the way to the carpark is also a hive of activity, but tends to get rather crowded with students and locals throughout the day. There are also numerous smaller fashion shops such as Republic, Paper Sun, and a handy indoor market upstairs with haberdashery, fabrics, hardware, food and other useful bits. The main problem I have is the outdated feel of the centre, which feels quite claustrophobic at times. Being a Londoner, I'm used to my precincts being modern and airy, sometimes with natural light, such as the glass roofs in the Whitgift Centre. In the Victoria Centre everything seems a bit crowded, with the space in the middle occupied by numerous stalls, escalators and people trying to sell you electricity. Add a constant stream of people, many with pushchairs, and you could have yourself a stressed out Saturday.
I also feel like the shops in the centre are too mainstream for me to be able to spend a whole day shopping there. You could probably get everything you need here, an outfit in Topshop, shoes from Faith, but the centre doesn't really represent all that's in Nottingham. To find other high street names such as Primark, New Look, H&M and River Island, you have to venture outside, and beyond the Market Square. There is also the trendy Lace Market area with vintage and independent boutiques, which is always a nice place to look around. I guess an artificial precinct with all of this included would take away from the individuality of this city, but it would be nice if the centre reflected some of the other shopping towns such as Birmingham or Manchester. Upstairs lets the centre down somewhat, and is filled with tackier or specialist shops, and pensioner friendly cafés. You'd be better off venturing into the Market Square or Cornerhouse complex for a bite to eat, as there are no real restaurants in the centre.
I guess that the Victoria Centre serves it's purpose as a shopping centre, with useful department stores and a Tesco Metro store. Although it lacks the modern features of it's counterparts, it does have adequate facilities such as car parking and toilets. The surrounding shopping area is vast, but at least it doesn't feel artificial and like a carbon copy of other cities. I would say that the centre is a useful addition to Nottingham's shopping facilities, but it is not all that the city has to offer.
The Victoria Centre in Nottingham is constantly being worked on, with drilling, dust and noise - its not the pleasant shopping centre it once was. The owners never seem happy with anything and are constantly taking up tiles, putting new ones down, changing lights and generally causing a nuisance to shoppers and residents of the flats above. There are also a lot of empty units recently. Shops simply do not want to move into the Victoria Centre because its looking a bit grotty lately. Maybe there arent enough cleaners, or they are not operating at peak efficiency. Its almost as bad for litter on the floor as the outdoors. The choice of shops isnt that great. There is Tesco supermarket, but its a bit small really and there isnt a great choice. There is the House of Fraser which is over priced, and then there is the old fashioned and out of date Jessops (John Lewis Partnership) which isnt exactly anything to write home about! They did a good job of trying to update it with another make over, but I dont think it has quite worked. Its 1000 times better than the broadmarsh but cant compete with bigger better and cleaner shopping malls like the Meadowhall centre in Sheffield. There are also too many tramps inside sitting around smoking and smelling the place up. The best of a bad bunch.
Nottingham is a terrific city for shopping and in my opinion the jewel in the crown is the Victoria Centre. This centre opened in 1971 on the site of the old Victoria train station and during this time it has refurbished and modernised on many occasions keeping it fresh and welcoming. This large indoor shopping centre has over 130 shops in a two level mall with a terrific range of shops. The are three very large shops in the centre and these are Boots, Jessops (John Lewis Partnership) and House of Fraser. There is also a large indoor market, which is split over both the upper and lower levels. There are car parking spaces for 2,700 cars, most of which are on three levels underneath the shopping centre. However, even with all these spaces there is nearly always a queue to get into the car parks, which are not particularly cheap. At the north end of the centre there is a bus station and on all the surrounding streets there are many bus stops, including drop-off points from the city’s park and ride services. The large selection of shops in the centre cover most of your shopping needs and often when we have been shopping in Nottingham we have been to the Victoria Centre and not needed to leave the centre at all, managing to get everything we needed from this one centre. There are many lifts and escalators between the two shopping levels. The centre has a central walkway with shops on either side making finding specific shops fairly easy. There did use to be a large food court area in the centre but more shops have replaced this and the only down side about the centre now is the lack of places to eat. There is a leaflet you can pick up from the information desk titled “Eat in – Chill out” which lists the restaurants etc. in the centre, but none of these are particularly large and some are a bit expensive. However, in the streets around the centre there are many places to eat at very reasonable prices.
If you are looking for a Birthday, Wedding or Christmas present and are not sure what to buy then the Victoria Centre has it’s own Gift Voucher scheme which can be redeemed in almost every shop in the centre. This beats the problems of most types of gift vouchers, which normally can only be exchanged for a specific type of present, or at one shop. The centre has many facilities to help shoppers and these include: Crèche for children aged 2 – 8. Baby changing facilities and baby feeding rooms. Designated parking spaces for Orange Badge holders. Shopmobility providing wheelchair and scooter loan service. Large print information leaflets for partially sighted customers. Adapted toilets for wheelchair users. The centre really has tried to provide a complete shopping experience and a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. If you are likely to be a regular visitor to the centre you can also get yourself a Customer Loyalty Card. Once you have one of these cards you collect up all your receipts whilst you are shopping in the centre and at the end of your visit you go to the information desk and have points added to your card for all the shopping you have done. These points can later be exchanged for offers in the centre. The centre now also has it’s own website, but this doesn’t seem to updated very often. If you want to have a look it is at: http://www.victoria-centre-nottingham.co.uk We really enjoy shopping at the Victoria Centre and have done so for years. If you are visiting Nottingham and want to spend some money then head for this centre, you will be very pleasantly surprised at the range of shops and the facilities there.