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The Lace Market

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Lacemaking is one of the key aspects of the history of Nottingham, and a quarter-mile square area in the heart of the city contains great buildings and quaint streets from the city's past. Here you'll find bars, restaurants, tea rooms, museums and shops to enjoy in the present day.

Once the heart of the world's lace industry during the days of the British Empire, it is full of impressive examples of 19th century industrial architecture and thus is a protected heritage area. It was never a market in the sense of having stalls, but there were salesrooms and warehouses for storing, displaying and selling the lace.

The Lace Market adjoins the "Hockley Village" area of the city, and between them they offer many choices of excellent Nottingham nightlife, with the area accommodating many fashionable pubs, bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, hotels, the Lace Market Theatre, along with the Capital FM Arena Nottingham (Nottingham Arena), providing the East Midlands with a top quality indoor sports, entertainment and conference venue right in the heart of the  Lace Market.

From where to go and what to see, here's the fabulous nightlife in the Lace Market and the history and heritage of Nottingham Lace.

    • Bars and Restaurants

      Bars and Restaurants

      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.

    • Lace Market History

      Lace Market 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.

    • Shopping




Special offers

  1. Food and Drink

    Food and Drink

    We have a host of special offers at restaurants, bars and cafes throughout Nottinghamshire to make your money go further during your visit.

    From: Friday, 16th May 2014

    To: Tuesday, 30th December 2014

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