Old Market Square - now the New Market Square?
The Market Square, in the very centre of the City, was dismantled in 2005 to make way for a new, more open, square which opened in 2007. The reported cost of the project was in excess of £7,000,000. The subject of much debate as to whether there has been any improvement and whether the £7 million was well spent.
The Square is dominated by the Council House, completed in 1929 at what was then an enormous cost of £600,000, and the dome rises to a height of 200 ft. This contains the chiming clock, and the ten and a half ton bell known as Little John.
The new Square is now claimed to be the largest open City square in the UK and visitors will be walking on part of China, the grey granite slabs having been imported from that country at huge expense. It seems to have been designed primarily to provide space for public events, pop concerts, sound stages, open air markets and the like, though sunny days do attract huge numbers of visitors to sit on the stone walls (no comfortable benches in this minimalist design).
There is a modernistic water feature with water jets, cascade and a reflection pool, a definite 'hit' with youngsters on warm, sunny days.
Regular attractions include English and Continental Markets, a huge Ferris Wheel and the Nottingham Riviera - an artificial beach with all the fun of the seaside at the height of the summer season.
Nottingham Market Square & City Centre
Trams from Moor Bridge pass through the Square, thus providing very quick and easy access from Rise Park right into the City centre in less than half an hour.
The area is almost fully pedestrianised, so driving here is not an option.
The reflection pool & Council House
a popular meeting place
Stone lions guard the front entrance to the Council House, these being probably the most popular meeting place in town for friends and lovers. Many a romance has commenced with the words "Meet you by the Lions".
An 8ft Bronze Statue, a memorial and tribute to the legendary Brian Clough, was unveiled in November 2008. But our City Council pays little attention to our most famous legend, and you will have to visit the Castle to find any trace of Robin Hood. And world champions Torvill & Dean and Karl Froch seem to have no place at all.
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