Top 10 Landmarks in the Creative Quarter
Sir James Matthew Barrie was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. Although Barrie was born in Scotland and raised there, he did in fact move to Nottingham and worked here for a significant part of his early career. In fact he took inspiration for the story of Peter Pan from his time in Nottingham. You can visit a plaque dedicated to the memory of J.M. Barrie on Pelham Street above the door of the former Nottingham Daily Journal offices.
As one of the finest restaurants in Nottingham, the Larder on Goosegate is well worth a visit while you're in the Creative Quarter. The building in which it sits is also the same building where Jesse Boot opened his first ever Boots apothecary, so the Larder has plenty of local heritage within its walls. From classic to modern British dishes, there are fewer better places for a spot of fine dining in Nottingham.
Ice Nine is well known in the Creative Quarter as one of the most iconic and long-lived independent busineses in the area. Established in the 1970's, it's an Aladdin's cave of curios with everything from jewellery to bongs. It's a shop that defines the word alternative, so make sure you visit when you're in the area - you never know what you will find!
Broadway Cinema is an independent cinema showing the best in local, national and worldwide films. There's also cafe bars at Broadway, meaning that you can enjoy more than just a visit to the cinema when you're at one of Nottingham's finest entertainment venues.
Watson Fothergill was a well respected architect who left his mark on Nottingham with some beautiful buildings. He designed Nottingham's Albert Hall as well as many offices, shops, public houses and much more. In 1893, Fothergill had to move offices, so he had this building erected on George Street. The building is said to include all the features reminiscent of his work with a mixture styles, and ultimately demonstrating a gothic feel.
Annie's Burger Shack & Freehouse has rapidly earned itself a reputation as one of the best places to dine in Nottingham. American owner Anmarie Spaziano started out with a smaller business within the Trent Navigation Pub. She opened her flagship restaurant in 2014 and it is now not only celebrated locally but nationally as one of the best places to grab a burger. You'll find unique and delicious variations on the classic burger. If you're in the area, then Annie's is a MUST.
The Galleries of Justice Museum sits within the old county courthouse and gaol, previously home to cime and punishment. It's the only museum of its kind in Europe and is an award winning attraction that offers a unique insight into Nottingham's horrible history. Visit the cells, the courtroom and learn how criminals were dealt with in times gone by.
Pitcher and Piano, sat within the historic Lace Market, is a truly unique and classy venue to enjoy a drink or some delcious freshly prepared food. Housed within a striking grade II listed church, this bar and restaurant delivers delicious cocktails, beers and a vast array of other drinks, as well as breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options. Dining at Pitcher and Piano is an experience well worth sampling while you discover the delights of the Creative Quarter as you sit surrounded by historic stained glass and exposed brick in this striking church setting.
Nottingham Contemporary is one of the largest contemporary art spaces in the UK and regularly hosts works from some of the world's finest contemporary artists. The Contemporary is comprised of four galleries, a performance and film space, learning room, study and the Cafe Bar. It's the perfect attraction to soak up contemporary culture and grab a light lunch or a cup of coffee during your visit.
Weekday Cross was originally the main market area of Nottingham, before the Norman Conquest of England. This would have been the buzzing central hub to the city where traders and members of the public would come together regularly. In these times it was known as Weekday Market and was within a stones throw of the county jail and courtrooms. The cross that sits there today is not the original, and was built in 1993 to remember the original which was demolished in 1804.