Whether you’re a photography pro, a camera amateur or you just want to get that killer shot for Instagram, Nottingham is a great place to get some superb snaps. The city is pretty as a picture, with a huge variety of beautiful architecture and new and intriguing things to discover around every corner – making it a perfect playground for those who are dipping their toe into the world of apertures and aspect ratios. Why not check out our photo walk for some inspiration?

Start your walk at the Nottingham Playhouse and experiment with light, angle and reflection in Anish Kapoor’s iconic Sky Mirror. Don’t forget to take some photographs of the ornate architecture of nearby Edwardian music hall, the Albert Hall, too.

Next, head towards the Robin Hood Statue. Why not try taking photos of our famous outlaw from different angles, exploring depth and focus?

Just down the road is another picture-perfect spot: Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, the oldest inn in England. This ancient building is built into the side of Castle Rock, and just beyond it you can see the stately Nottingham Castle watching over the city. If you head around the corner onto Castle Boulevard you’ll get a spectacular view of the sandstone caves in the rock, too – a great place for experimenting with light and shadow.

Stroll towards the nearby Nottingham Canal to get those beautiful waterside shots. You can capture the rippling reflections of the canalside buildings, such as the majestic Grade II listed British Waterways Building, and the ducks are generally happy to pose for photos too.

Of course, you can’t do a photo walk in Nottingham without taking some pictures of the beating heart of the city, Old Market Square. Get plenty of shots of the famous domed Council House – why not try photographing it through the splashes of water from the fountains? – and experiment with quirky angles of the iconic lions.

You won’t be able to resist photographing the magnificently gothic Prudential Assurance Building on the junction of King and Queen Street just across the Square, now a fitting home for the darkly decadent Alchemist cocktail bar and restaurant. 

Another Instagram-friendly spot is the row of brightly coloured buildings in the secret alleyway Hurts Yard, whilst on the opposite side of the Square you’ll want to get a snap of the elegant winged horse which guards the entrance to Flying Horse Walk.

Head down Bridlesmith Gate towards Nottingham Contemporary to get a close-up of the lace pattern detail on the side of the building, before continuing down High Pavement to photograph the imposing grandeur of the National Justice Museum and the stunning St Mary’s Church, the largest medieval building in the city.

Meander around the ancient streets and looming redbrick mills of the Lace Market (the Birkin Building and Adams & Page Building are particularly photogenic) before strolling into the vibrant and lively district of Hockley, where you can get some great shots of the street art, the secret alleyways and the colourful rainbow road.

Want to show us your photos of Nottingham? Simply use the hashtag #lovenotts or tag us @VisitNotts on social media, or email us at marketing@visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk!

This blog was written by Sophie Milne, Communications Executive at Visit Nottinghamshire.


Sky Mirror at Nottingham Playhouse
Nottingham Playhouse Sky mirror

Anish Kapoor's Sky Mirror is a must see piece of art, located at Nottingham Playhouse within the city centre.

Albert Hall Conference Centre
Music Hall
Albert Hall Conference Centre

The Hall is renowned for generating a terrific atmosphere, giving a real sense for audiences of being absorbed in the performance.

Robin Hood Statue
Historic Site
Robin Hood Statue | Visit Nottinghamshire

An iconic Nottingham landmark, join the hundreds of celebrities and visitors who have had their photo taken at the famous Robin Hood statue at Nottingham Castle.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham

Situated at the foot of Nottingham Castle and nestled in the sandstone cliff rock, Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem is England's oldest inn and a landmark of Nottingham history.

Nottingham Castle
Nottingham Castle - Visit Nottinghamshire.

Opening in Spring 2021, Nottingham Castle promises the best day out for all, from history seekers to families wanting an action-packed adventure. Discover more and plan your perfect visit today.

Old Market Square
Historic Site
Old Market Square
Nottingham Council House
Historic House / Palace
Nottingham Council House

It takes a building of some distinction to stand out in a city as rich in beautiful and interesting architecture as Nottingham, and the Council House does not disappoint...

The Left Lion
Credit VisitEngland

Beloved by locals as a famous ‘meeting place’, Nottingham’s Left Lion is one of two stone lions situated either side of the steps leading to the front entrance of the Council House.

The Alchemist
The Alchemist

Continuing their crusade to bestow the most creative cocktails and darkly delicious dining on every corner of the country, The Alchemist is open in Nottingham.

Nottingham Contemporary
Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary is one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the UK, presenting free exhibitions, special events, and family activities.

St Mary's Church Nottingham City Centre
Church / Chapel
St Mary's Church Nottingham City Centre

t Mary’s Church – Grade 1 Listed and the largest medieval building in the city of Nottingham - is an iconic example of Nottingham’s prosperity during the 15th century. Its magnificent architecture - massive tower, slender columns, huge windows and alabaster monuments – testifies to the wealth poured into its construction by the guilds, merchants, and gentry of Nottingham society.

Adams & Page Building
Adams & Page Building

The Adams & Page Building dates back to 10th July 1855 and sits proudly as the largest building in the Lace Market district of Nottingham City Centre.



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