The Council House, Nottingham

Nottingham Council House and Old Market Sqaure (

In the centre of the city in the Old Market Square stands Nottingham’s Council House.  This building is the home of civic events in the city and although it was built in tough economic times (1929), no expense was spared in its detail and opulence.  The impressive dome stands 200 feet above the ground and houses “Little John” – the very deep sounding clock bell.  Inside the council house you’ll find a sweeping staircase leading to a ballroom, the council chamber, the Sheriff of Nottingham’s rooms which are palatial in decor and the Lord Mayor’s parlour.  We were really impressed with how beautiful it was.  Tours are free but must be booked in advance.  They’re available Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday mornings.  To book call +44(0) 115 979 7635.   This is an extract from our free Nottingham City Guide.

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One of the famous lions outside Nottingham Council House

The paved square in front of the Council House is used for different events on a regular basis.  Around Christmas time you’ll find an Ice Rink and German Market, in the spring the huge “Wheel of Nottingham” is there, in the summer the area has become a “beach” and there are markets, fairs, promotions and demonstrations on other days throughout the year too.  Standing at the front of the Council House, just by the steps, are two stone lions – one on each side. These lions are well known and well loved in Nottingham with the left one in particular being a traditional meeting place for those who live in or around the city.

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Council House from The Poultry


Address:  Nottingham City Council, The Council House, Old Market Square, Nottingham NG1 2DT
Tel:  +44 (0) 115 9155230
Tours: +44 (0) 115 9797635

The Council House is right at the heart of the city centre next to the Old Market Square and a short walk from Nottingham Castle, The Lace Market and the two main shopping centres, Broadmarsh and Victoria Centre.


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