Nottingham Shopping and Districts
(Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK)
Be sure to pack your shopping bags when you come to Nottingham, as the city currently ranks in the UK's top five shopping destinations.
Shopaholics will not be disappointed when they hit the shops in Nottingham, with the city centre boasting an extensive selection of independent stores, designer fashion boutiques, and many of the best-known high street chains.
All of this, combined with large and spacious pedestrianised areas, make the city the perfect spot for some serious retail therapy.
The majority of shops and shopping centres in Nottingham are open seven days a week, from around 09:00 until 17:30 Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays and 10:00 to 16:00 or 17:00 each Sunday. Many shops choose to open later on Wednesday nights (late-night shopping), often closing at 20:00.
Where to Shop
Nottingham is known for being home to Paul Smith's flagship fashion store, which is located along the Low Pavement in Willoughby House and only opened fairly recently, in 2004. Many other top fashion stores and designers have outlets nearby, with popular boutiques including Diesel, Hugo Boss and Mikey, amongst others.
The Old Market Square is central Nottingham is close to the South Parade and contains many of the city's most popular stores, such as Debenhams, Habitat and Primark. The city's tourist information centre can also be found in this shopping district, close to a number of restaurants.
The cosmopolitan and somewhat Bohemian region that is Hockley contains an interesting blend of independent retailers and cafes, together with the nearby Lace Market and Sneinton Market. Nottingham's largest shopping centre is Victoria Centre, a major indoor mall built in 1972 and located on the site of the city's old railway station, off Shakespeare Street. The Victoria Centre is home to over 100 different shops, including John Lewis and the House of Fraser, with parking for almost 3,000 cars. Each year this huge shopping centre attracts in excess of 20 million shoppers.
Other popular shopping destinations in the city of Nottingham include Derby Road and Canning Circus, the Exchange Arcade, Flying Horse Walk, and 80+ stores at the Broadmarsh shopping centre, close to the railway station.