Nottingham, in the East Midlands, lies on the River Trent and has a population of about 660,000. There are good rail connections to London and the north-east from the Nottingham Railway Station, and the NET light railway transports people around the city.
Nottingham city centre encompasses Old Market Square which is surrounded by many of the main shopping streets. Located at the top end of this square is the Council House, in which you'll find the Exchange Arcade shopping centre. A bohemian quarter of the city known as Hockley has arisen in recent years; this is situated close to the attractively redeveloped Lace Market area.
Nottingham is a sporting hotbed for football, cricket, skating, tennis and rowing with a number of major venues on the south side of the Trent. The annual Nottingham Goose Fair in October is one of Europe's largest travelling fairs, with a history that dates back over 700 years.
Boots the Chemist was founded in Nottingham in 1849 but is no longer a research-based pharmaceutical company. A combination of former Boots researchers and university spin-off companies have spawned a thriving pharmaceutical/science/biotechnology sector. BioCity, the UK's biggest bioscience innovation and incubation centre, sits in the heart of the city and houses around thirty science-based companies.
Commonly defined as the area surrounding the Old Market Square, Nottingham city centre is one of the UK’s top retail destinations. It also contains the city’s university, the Capital FM Arena and numerous historic buildings and attractions, such as Nottingham Castle, the City of Caves and the Galleries of Justice. A serviced apartment in the city centre would be perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in culture.
Despite spanning an area just a quarter-mile square, the Lace Market district was at the forefront of the world’s lace industry during the 19th century. In recent years, the old salesrooms and warehouses have been cleaned and refurbished within the Victorian style, and given new purpose as luxury residences, academic buildings and office spaces. It is now a protected heritage area, so a serviced apartment in the Lace District would suit a traveller with an interest in British history.
Hockley, also known as the Soho of Nottingham, sits on the eastern edge of the city centre adjacent to the Lace Market. Home to two art house cinemas and numerous galleries, as well as plenty of chic bars, restaurants, cafes and shops, Hockley is well recognised for its bohemian atmosphere and lively cosmopolitan nightlife.
South-east of the city centre, Sneinton is well-known for its landmark windmills and the somewhat unusual feature known as the Sneinton Dragon, a public artwork made from stainless steel. Visitors and locals can enjoy the area’s weekly open air market and annual festival, or head to the Local Nature Reserve at Colwick Woods to partake in wildlife watching and outdoor activities.