Nottingham

Impression’s expert tips and guide to the City of Nottingham

BROADMARSH

The Broadmarsh zone is situated in the south of the city and involves the Canalside and Broadmarsh area. This particular area is one of the most charming areas of Nottingham city centre. Boasting views of the River Trent and the well-established Nottingham Crown Court.

Bearing in mind The Broadmarsh shopping centre area is under extensive development to help create more jobs and to boost the local economy and tourism towards the area.

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Canalside

This stunning bar has a picturesque canalside outdoor seating area viewing the well-known River Trent. This location is perfect for both lunch, dinner or just a drink and their friendly staff are always willing to help. The Canalhouse proudly offer one of the largest selections of beer within the East Midlands region, from over 250 beers all over the world - what more could you wish for? The Canalhouse is situated in the previous grade || Canal museum and is recognised to clearly be able to spot resident narrow boats as they pass by.

https://www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk/pubs/the-canalhouse/

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Intu Broadmarsh Shopping Centre

The Broadmarsh shopping centre offers a range of stores to choose from, including; Wilko, Boots and Made in Nottingham - a contemporary store that allows local designers to showcase a range of products. The shopping centre is currently undergoing a huge redevelopment costing £250 million to revolutionise the entrance to the South of the city centre ready for late 2020.

https://intu.co.uk/broadmarsh

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The Hungry Pumpkin

This independent deli/cafe provides 100% fresh ingredients and prides its self on excellent customer service. If you're not able to see what you fancy on the menu, the dedicated team at Hungry Pumpkin will make it up for you as quick as possible. This hidden gem offers a range of tasty breakfasts, sandwiches, ciabatta, paninis and wraps Monday through Saturday.

http://hungrypumpkin.co.uk/

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Nottingham Train Station

The railway station is the centre in the City of Nottingham and provides links all over the country. The 7 platform station offers a range of facilities, including; a first class lounge, toilets, coffee shops, baby changing facilities and a Co-op. Nottingham Train Station is a convenient solution to reach your desired destination directly by rail. The station is also equipped with accessibility and mobility access. A consideration for building accessibility is important around cities to remove barriers and increase mobility.

https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/NOT.aspx

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Nottingham Forest Football Stadium

The Nottingham Forest City Ground has been an integral part of the Nottinghamshire community since being founded in 1865. The renown football club moved to the The City Club in 1898 after the city was awarded its city status. Today the impressive stadium has four stands; Main Stand, Brain Clough, Trent End and West Bridgford Stand. During a all-important match day, there is a range of travel and parking perks close to the stadium to make your journey that little bit easier.

https://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/tickets/travel-and-parking/

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Escapologic

A new addition to the Nottingham scene, Escapologic offers bundles of fun for every type of person. This 60-minute puzzle finding and riddle-solving activity helps with team building, great for families and work colleagues, and is guaranteed to have you talking about it for hours. This enjoyable experience prices start from £20 per person for two people, in the daring room of your choice!

https://www.escapologic.com/nottingham-escape-rooms/

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City of Caves

Did you know the city of Nottingham has been coined the ‘City of Caves’? lone behold, beneath your very feet, remains historic sandstone caves that were purposely used as a medieval tennary, World War 2 shelters and dwellings over different time periods. Living up to its name, this year a total of 850 caves have been discovered over numerous year across the city. As opposed to a tour, how about exploring the caves in a different manner? The top ten caves have been identified here, that will not disappoint.

http://www.nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk/event/city-caves-tours/

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St Nicholas’ Church

The beautiful St Nicholas’ Church can be discovered on Maid Marian Way and welcomes people from all backgrounds and ages into their Christian community. This community has heavily invested in their church and provide a range of events on a frequent basis, spanning from health & wellbeing courses to orchestra performances.

http://stnics.org/

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200 Degrees Coffee Shop

Invented by two local entrepreneurs, the Nottingham based coffee brand provides unique tasting fresh coffee, from which has been exclusively mastered. This nationally growing coffee manufacturer provides exceptional coffee at all times from using their one-of-a-kind method of roasting slower than their competitors, at 200 degrees. Be sure to give this delightful cup a go, they even offer subscription packages available straight to your door!

https://200degs.com/

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The Waterfront

This stunning bar is situated within the Castle Wharf area of the city grounds overlooking the River Trent. This bar is perfect for a day-out in enjoying the summer weather with peers, family or colleagues. Both the food and drinks have been reviewed to be a great value to money, as well as a great evening venue splitting over three floors.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186356-d8419098-Reviews-The_Waterfront-Nottingham_Nottinghamshire_England.html

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A wide range of shops

Efficient transport
links over the UK

Great views of
historical sites

creative quarter

The Creative Quarter includes areas of Nottingham known as Hockley and The Lace Market, the Creative Quarter is becoming one of the more popular and upcoming areas within the city centre.

With a well-balanced mix of restaurants, bars, music venues, entertainment and retail facilities, what more could you ask for? The Lace Market is known to be the oldest area of Nottingham, with a history of the area dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries. Now, known as the Creative Quarter, this area of the city centre is an area that encourages and draws new digital and creative businesses, to start-up and supports them to thrive and flourish.

TOP 10 SIGNIFICANT PLACES

National Ice Arena and Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena

The East Midlands leading live music and entertainment venue located inside the National Ice Centre. The Ice Arena boasts a range of facilities including ice skating lessons and skate hire is open to the public. It is the UK’s first twin ice pad facility and is known as a centre of excellence for ice sports in the UK. Additionally, is is the home of the Nottingham Panthers, where regular Ice Hockey fixtures are hosted. The Motorpoint Arena has hosted thousands of prominent music concerts, family shows, sporting events and comedy acts since 2000 when it first opened.

https://www.national-ice-centre.com/ https://www.motorpointarenanottingham.com

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Hockley Arts Club

Hockley Arts Club is an independent bar, hidden away within the backstreets of Hockley. The ideal space for creative eating and drinking is separated by 3 floors, each with a different theme, decor and identity. It has been described as ‘Nottingham’s own Neverland’ where old fashioned meets neon electric surroundings. Stockholm can be found on the first floor, with an old fashioned, Scandinavian local pub feel, serving cocktails, wine, beer, with plenty of relaxed seating. The middle floor, named the Blue Rooms is open every day from midday til’ late With both food and drinks being services across a host of tables, including booths and comfy sofas. The top floor is named the Electric Garden with an array of bright pink flowers and trees, this space is the perfect hideaway.

http://thehockleyartsclub.com/

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Das Kino

Nottingham’s first ping pong bar and restaurant, known for their wings, metre-long pizzas and craft beer. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, a full meal, after work drinks, or to bring out your competitive side on one of their ping pong tables, Das Kino is definitely the place for you. You don’t even have to worry about losing your game face, as they offer table service while you’re playing. Visit their offers page to see what offers they currently have running

http://das-kino.co.uk/

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Nottingham Contemporary

A contemporary art centre, registered as an arts and educational charity, with free admission to the public. One of Britain’s largest centres for Contemporary Art, the gallery offers a stimulating social and cultural hub, where it encourages innovation, creation and ambition. The Cafe Bar is a popular space for the opportunity for upcoming local bands to perform and the shop supports local and small creative companies by selling their work

https://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/

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Bodega

The Bodega is a popular music venue, club and bar within the heart of the city centre. Well known for hosting gigs by rising musicians and it hosts regular themed music club nights. Home to a bar and an exceedingly popular hidden away beer garden, with its trademark hanging lights, illuminating the night. The venue hosts art events, barbecues as well as regular acoustic sessions throughout the summer, making it one of the coolest corners to enjoy drinks

http://www.bodeganottingham.com/

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Broadway

Broadway houses a Cafebar and Mezz Bar in addition to an independent cinema, with it being rated as one of the ‘best in the world’ in 2009, by Total Film magazine. In 2006, the cinema went through a major development with funding from the National Lottery and Arts Council, where the cinema was enlarged from 2 screens to four, with the world’s first and only cinema being designed by Paul Smith, the British fashion designer. Broadway isn’t your regular cinema, it serves pizza, hosts independent films and has a ‘bring your own booze’ policy. To see what’s on view their website to see which film takes your fancy.)

https://www.broadway.org.uk/

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MOJO Nottingham

MOJO is one of Nottingham’s best cocktail and rum bars, with ‘awesome tunes, killer cocktails and great grub!’. The edgy bar encourages dancing on the tables and has set its motto as “Music for the people, food for the soul, good times forever”. The out of this world cocktail list boasts nearly 40 drinks, with some designed blow your mind with MOJO’s own unique creations alongside the good old classics. The food menu includes more of MOJO’s creations, American inspired, including burger & sandwich combinations, wings, shakes and appetisers. View their menu to see what they have to offer.

https://mojobar.co.uk/nottingham

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Suede Bar

Suede bar is a small, more intimate bar that mixes pizza, drinks, music, special events and films. The bar offers something for everyone both throughout the day and the night, hidden away in one of the backstreets in Hockley, it is one of Nottingham’s hidden gems. Suede was named in 2016 ‘Best Small Bar’ in the Best Bar None Awards. It is well known for its ‘Death by Pizza’ menu allowing you to build your own pizza or chose from a range of Suede classics and favourites. If you’re craving a beautifully homemade personalised pizza, Suede is definitely the place for you.

http://suedebar.co.uk/

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Annie’s Burger Shack

Owner of Annie’s Burger Shack in the heart if the Lace Market, Anmarie is one of Nottingham’s most successful business owners, winning Entrepreneur of the year at 2017’s Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards. She brings authentic and handcrafted Rhode Island inspired burgers to the heart of Nottingham. Annie’s Burger Shack also offers ‘Real American Breakfasts’ as well as a fantastic range of individually selected Real Ales. Annie’s Burger Shack has quickly become one of the favourite places to eat in Nottingham, exceedingly for it’s original and extraordinary crafted menu, including favourite choices such as the ‘The Sunday Dinner’ burger, featuring Yorkshire puddings, stuffing and roast potatoes. Or simply a more plain option might take your fancy like ‘The Classic’ American style burger. View their menu to see what tingles your tastebuds.

https://anniesburgershack.com/

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Pitcher & Piano

You may recognise the name of this successful chain of bars, Nottingham’s Pitcher & Piano stands out from the rest. It is located within a stylish, and beautifully restored church, on the edge of the Lace Market. The Church set provides a stunning backdrop, complete with beautiful interiors, brick archways and stained glass windows, it is the perfect places for socialising over drinks. Pitcher & Piano provides creative cocktails and drink list, alongside a new all-day food menu, making it the perfect place to go whether you fancy popping out for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Pitcher & Piano also offer the perfect roast on a Sunday, view their website today to see the stunning bar interior and outside decking area, perfect for a summers day.

https://www.pitcherandpiano.com/bars/nottingham

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Unique and ‘trendy’
restaurants

Astonishing
drinks

Local artists
work

NORTH CENTRAL

The North Central Zone widely covers Derby Road, all the way to Mansfield Road near the Intu Victoria Centre. This zone is home of the modern city Nottingham Trent University campus, where over 16,000 students are enrolled.

This is arguably the true heart of Nottingham with some of longest standing establishments, such as the Royal Concert Hall and the picturesque arboretum.

TOP 10 SIGNIFICANT PLACES

Cornerhouse

The Cornerhouse is situated in the centre of Nottingham and offers a range of restaurants, high-end bars, entertainment and a beauty salon. Fancy a bite to eat but not sure on the cuisine? The Cornerhouse boasts unlimited options, including; Nandos, Wagamamas, Tamatanga, Turtle Bay and TGI Fridays. Don’t want your night to finish there? How about having a hit around at The Lost City Adventure Golf, or sit back and relax whilst watching the newest films at Cineworld.

https://cornerhousenottingham.co.uk/

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Rock City

Rock City is a famous music venue and nightclub, opened over 35 years ago. With a capacity just shy of 2,500 and four bars spread over two floors, this venue is perfect for both intimate and large well-known gigs. Over the years, Rock City has had a host of famous artists from different genres playing at the venue, including; Linkin Park, Enter Shikari, Jorja Smith, Stormzy, Annie Mac, Gorgon City and countless more each and every month.

http://www.rock-city.co.uk/

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Nottingham Play House

The established theatre space in Nottingham is positioned just off the area of The Park estate, on Wellington Circus. The talented actors and actresses perform outstanding plays in many different genre, including; dance, music, comedy and many more.

https://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/

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Alto

A contemporary art centre, registered as an arts and educational charity, with free admission to the public. One of Britain’s largest centres for Contemporary Art, the gallery offers a stimulating social and cultural hub, where it encourages innovation, creation and ambition. The Cafe Bar is a popular space for the opportunity for upcoming local bands to perform and the shop supports local and small creative companies by selling their work

https://altonottingham.co.uk/about-us/

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The Alchemist

This nationally renown restaurant and bar is known to completely rethink the standard cocktail scene in many cities. This exiquest bar has a vision to present “innovative, theatrical, cocktail and casual dining experience, that combines molecular mixology with great service and knowledge…”. Not only are their cocktails incredible, but their food menu is also very creative with catering to vegetarians and vegans being a massive plus!

https://thealchemist.uk.com/

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The Walrus

Newly refurbished and re branded, this city centre underground bar is perfect for a couple of drinks after work, or over weekends with friends. Different to most, this quirky bar has got some fascinating finds; large American ping pong tables, various neon signs, multiple seating areas, and American keepsakes. These tasty cocktails, including the famous 10 Tonne Fire Truck, consists of a unique concoction served in a toy truck, will without a doubt give you the ‘wow’ factor.

http://thewalrusnottingham.com/

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Rescue Rooms

This alternative bar and club offers a range of nights to suit most genres. Monday night is a unique acoustic evening, 8pm until late and helps to source the best emerging talent. Tuesday night provides a fun club night, with alternative, pop, rock and hip-hop music all night long. The well-known Saturday night, sees Rescue Rooms partner with Stealth, leading the title of “Nottingham’s Best Nightclub”. Hosting world-class DJs each week and open until late, what’s not to love?

http://www.rescuerooms.com/

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Royal Concert Hall

This beautiful Victorian hall was built in 1865, and transformed 30 years later to have a new auditorium, stage and backstage spacing Many decades later, in 1978, a £5 million refurbishment went underway to the interior and consistently continues to amaze customers upon their visits. The Royal Concert Hall is truly an outstanding landmark in the city center, and regularly offers different theatre showings. As well as this, they are proud of to be a national leader in accessibility.

https://trch.co.uk/

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Nottingham Tourist Centre

This informative and award-winning tourism center provides visitors with valued advice over a range of queries. The knowledgeable staff can advise on accommodation, restaurants, travel, events and attractions. Being available 9:30am-5:30pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday’s ready to answer any of your questions.

https://www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk

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Arboretum

Nottingham Arboretum park was initially opened in 1852, and it our cities oldest park close to the centre. This area was designed to interlink walkways and to be a hub for socialising community members. To date, over 800 trees have been planted and is home to a wildlife area for tropical birds. As a result, this park has been awarded the Green Flag award for the maintenance and positive impact on society.

https://www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk/things-to-do/nottingham-arboretum-p641471

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Alternative
cocktail bars

Quirky food
spots

Spacious
greenery areas