Old Market Square, Nottingham

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Visit Old Market Square, the largest such surviving square in the UK. Once at the heart of the city's road network, today it is closed to all traffic except buses along Beast Market Hill and the tram. Check out one of the local events, fairs, concerts and exhibits held in the square. Jump aboard the Nottingham Express and watch for the two large stone lions guarding the Council House steps. Check out the first official Speaker's Corner outside of London and choose from a variety of food and trinkets for sale. In winter, visit the Christmas market complete with ice skating rink, and in summer enjoy real sand and deck chairs. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Nottingham holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Old Market Square and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Lovely idea a pool to paddle in for the kids and a "beach" with free deckchairs for people to sit on. Rides, food stalls and even an arcade machine all around the perimeter. Great to pass a couple of ...  more »
  • The Square has been transformed for summer. Beach huts for beverages and fountains for the children, as well as some fair ground rides if you want to. I arrived late so wasn't sure if the beach was fo...  more »
  • Took my 5 year old to the beach. He loved the paddling pool and beach but his favourite thing was playing in the fountains. I did distract him from the rides as I'd heard they were expensive. We got t...  more »

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Staying in Nottingham's historical town center not only keeps you close to the area's finest shopping and dining, but also near an increasingly popular bohemian quarter. The town center is packed with top-quality boutique and spa hotels, as well as luxurious self-catering apartments. If you are travelling on a shoestring or just quickly passing through, consider one of Nottingham's low-budget hostels or inns. For a taste of country living, book your stay a working-farm cottage or a family-run countryside B&B.
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