Places To See
The Lace Market area starts from Weekday Cross and Fletcher Gate in the city centre, easily identified by the Lace Market Tram stop. If you head up High Pavement with Nottingham Contemporary on the corner, you’ll quickly find yourself in a very distinct area of the city.
Shortly after Nottingham Contemporary with its lace design on the brickwork, you’ll come across the old Unitarian Church, now a Pitcher and Piano pub and quickly after that the Galleries of Justice Museum. Opposite the museum, is the Lace Market Hotel with its highly regarded Merchants Restaurant and the Cock and Hoop Pub. You’ll also find St Mary’s Church, and this venue is mentioned in one of the original Robin Hood tales, although the current church was built in the 15 Century.
If you turn left off High Pavement onto St Mary’s Gate, you’ll start to head into the heart of the area. Turn right onto Broadway and you’ll see some of the awe inspiring warehouses that were built in the height of the lace industry. At night this area is a hive of activity with late bars and clubs but in the day it makes for a very tranquil experience.
When you reach the bottom of Broadway, turn left onto Stoney Street. As you walk along here, you’ll quickly get to Barker Gate and will see the Watson Fothergill Warehouse Barker Gate House. At the bottom of Barker Gate you can see the grand entrance to the National Ice Centre and the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham around Bolero Square.
Back at the top of Barker Gate and further along Stoney Street is the Adams Building, now part of New College Nottingham. This building was built in the mid-nineteenth century and proved to be the model for the later warehouses in the Lace Market.
As you reach the end of Stoney Street, you can return back towards the city via Warser Gate. A small detour off Warser Gate takes you to St Mary’s Place and the back entrance to the Adams Building. This area can be bustling with students during term time or a quiet place to take in the fabulous buildings. Once back on Warser Gate you could easily venture onto Carlton Street which brings the Hockley area of the city and the highly recommended shops, boutiques and nightlife.