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The Lace Market

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With over one thousand years of human history under its streets, Nottingham’s Creative Quarter is the oldest area in the city. Comprised of Hockley and The Lace Market, two districts each with their own unique character, today the area merges history with independent culture, revealing the spirit of modern Nottingham.

Once the city’s industrial centre, The Lace Market produced intricate lace, which was renowned throughout the world and put Nottingham on the fashion map long before designer Paul Smith opened his first boutique in 1970. The grand red brick warehouses and factories are now home to creative businesses, upmarket bars and a great selection of restaurants. A perfect respite from the city, you might just want to get lost in its cinematic streets, we guarantee you’ll stumble upon a hidden gem or two.

Meanwhile, Hockley exudes bohemian charm and buzzes day and night with an eclectic mix of quirky businesses. Vintage clothing emporiums nestle amongst second-hand bookshops and bijoux boutiques, stylish hair salons and tattoo studios. Mysterious bars hide in plain sight or seclude themselves down alleyways, while cafes and restaurants spill out onto the city street. The neighbourhood comes to life with carnival spirit for various festivals including Pride and the much-loved multi-venue music festival Hockley Hustle.

Around the Creative Quarter you will also find a number of attractions and entertainment venues, including the award-winning National Justice Museum, Nottingham Contemporary and the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham.

Click on the boxes below for more information on what you can find around the historic Lace Market.

    • Restaurants and Bistros

      Restaurants and Bistros

      Browse through our list of bars and restaurants in the Lace Market and Hockley. You can view the results on a map to get a good idea of their location.

    • Nottingham Lace History

      Nottingham Lace History

      Learn all about the history of this fascinating area from its Saxon settlement to the 19th century industry that made it famous.

    • Things To Do

      Things To Do

      Search through our things to do in the lace market with a list of museums, galleries, theatres and more.

    • Places To See

      Places To See

      Here's a brief outline of some the fantastic buildings to see and some of the hidden gems in this intriguing area.

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