The Adams Building & Nottingham Lace Market

Nottingham English School is based at the Adams Building: a magnificent Victorian heritage lace factory, complete with ‘Harry Potter’ style staircase, was built in 1855 for Thomas Adams, who did much to improve the typically harsh conditions for his workers. Lace goods were made and sold from here for export overseas.  It is fitting that we now welcome students from all parts of the world to this architectural icon, which has found a vibrant new life at the heart of the city.

In 2002, New College Nottingham won a Queens Anniversary prize for higher and further education. The official citation for the award reads as follows:

“In a far-sighted and imaginative initiative the College has played a major role in the regeneration of Nottingham’s city centre through the renovation and re-use of a derelict heritage building. The Adams Building now provides exemplary education, training and business support in ‘state of the art’ facilities, meeting the needs of individuals and the growing service sector.”

Read our leaflet to find out more about the history of the Adams Building.

Nottingham Lace Market
Once the heart of the world’s lace-making industry, it is full of impressive examples of Victorian (19th Century) industrial architecture and a heritage area of international importance. It was never a market in the sense of having stalls; instead there were salesrooms and warehouses for dyeing, storing, displaying and selling lace goods.

Most of the area is typically Victorian, with streets of tall red brick buildings. Iron railings, old-fashioned gas lamps and red phone boxes give a sense of going back in time to Victorian England. High Pavement which is a handsome street of Georgian town-houses. St Mary’s Church, finer than many English cathedrals, dates from the late 14th Century; although there has been a church on this spot since Anglo-Saxon times.

The City of Nottingham

Nottingham is one of the UKs top city destinations. It’s stylish, friendly, lively and very cosmopolitan; we have something for everyone. Nottingham is located at the heart of the UK and has excellent transport links including road, rail and air. This is ideal if you wish to explore other parts of the UK whilst studying Celta or IELTs at Nottingham English School. Despite being large urban centre, Nottingham has a relatively low cost of living.

Nottingham is a very safe city. Nottingham flies the Purple Flag award for variety, cleanliness and safety after dark. Nottingham’s local attractions, buildings and museums point to our colourful past. They offer the chance to explore the legend of Robin Hood, follow in the footsteps of literary giants DH Lawrence and Lord Byron and other famous Nottingham folk; discover the history of the Castle and see how the city has evolved over more than 1000 years.



To Nottingham
As Nottingham is right in the middle of England, we have excellent transport links to other parts of the UK.  The visitor attractions of London are just 90 minutes’ away by train.

Air Travel
East Midlands Airport (13 miles / 21 km away) is the nearest airport, with UK, European and international flights to many destinations.

Nottingham has good bus and train links with other UK major airports; such as London Heathrow and Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham.

National Rail Enquiries (all train services)

National Express (long-distance coach / bus services – including airport links)

Around Nottingham
Local public transport is made up of trams, buses and local trains, with special ‘Kangaroo’ all-day tickets available to make travel easy.  Students can get discount travel passes.  More information is available on arrival from our reception desk.

Nottingham City Transport (local buses)

Trent / Barton (local buses)


Entertainment and Shopping

Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall

This beautifully restored Victorian theatre is one of the best touring venues in the country, attracting major touring dramas, operas, ballet, West End shows and of course the annual Christmas pantomime. The Royal Concert Hall hosts world-class orchestras, contemporary music and dance (most recently The Bolshoi Ballet).


Capital FM Arena & National Ice Centre

2 minutes’ walk from our building is this 10,000 seat arena and Olympic-standard ice rink.The Arena stages concerts by top international artists (Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, Beyoncé among many others) and is home to the Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team. A second Olympic ice rink is next door for regular ice skating sessions.


Nottingham Playhouse

One of the top repertory theatres in the UK, the Playhouse opened in 1963 in a building now given legal protection for its innovative architecture. Stage productions range from the classics of Shakespeare to contemporary dance, comedy and theatre. Outside the Playhouse is the iconic Sky Mirror sculpture by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor.


Every October, ‘Goose Fair’, Europe’s oldest and largest travelling funfair rolls into town for 5 days. The Goose Fair has a history going back 700 years, and features as many as 500 attractions: http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/whats-on/goose-fair-2015-p358771


Day and night in Nottingham you won’t go hungry or thirsty. The only problem with eating, drinking and enjoying our famous nightlife is deciding where! A leisurely lunch al fresco, sushi by conveyor belt or a dinner – Nottingham has something for all tastes, budgets and diets with more than 200 places to choose from. Food shopping reflects the large number of international communities who now live here, with street markets, supermarkets and specialist shops bringing the world’s food here to Nottingham.

It’s no wonder Nottingham is ranked fourth for shopping in the UK. With a wide choice from High Street favourites and top designer fashions, to a tempting choice of independent boutiques (such as Nottingham’s very own Paul Smith), the city is a paradise for shoppers.

There are two large shopping malls, the INTU Victoria and Broadmarsh Centres, where you can do all of your shopping under cover when it’s raining.  If you’re still awake and looking for late night entertainment, there is a vibrant nightlife in the city centre.

Local attractions

Galleries of Justice

This National Museum brings together under one roof the grim history of British crime and punishment through the ages. Based in a former courthouse; men, women and children were tried, jailed and (until 1878) executed here. You can explore the museum and cells with audio or costumed tours, special exhibitions and a themed café.


Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Nottingham Castle is a grand 17th century palace built on the site of the original medieval castle, with spectacular views across the city and surrounding countryside. You can also explore a maze of underground caves hidden in the rock. The City of Nottingham is built on a system of caves, which have been used and adapted over the centuries. You can explore part of this vast cave network, right under the Broadmarsh shopping mall in the city centre. You will find out about their fascinating history, as homes and factories in medieval times to air-raid shelters during the Second World War. Most of the old castle was demolished and replaced by a palatial mansion. Burnt down in the Reform Bill riots of 1831, the restored castle became the first municipal museum and art gallery outside London.



Nottingham Contemporary

Opened in 2009, the Nottingham Contemporary is one of the city’s most iconic modern buildings and very close to Nottingham English School. Nottingham Contemporary hosts touring exhibitions of modern art (paintings, drawings, film, photography and sculpture) from all over the world. An excellent café-bar offers international food and drink with regular live music events.


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Robin Hood

Famous the world over from movies, TV and literature, the legend of Robin Hood is more than 800 years old. The most popular version tells of an outlaw living in mighty Sherwood Forest with his Merry Men, fighting the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham and robbing the rich to feed the poor. Robin Hood has been a firm cinema favourite, with classic movies starring Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe, as well as the Disney animated feature.

Nottinghamshire Sport

Not many cities can boast the impressive world-class sporting venues that Nottingham has, with plenty of opportunities to get active yourself.


Trent Bridge, home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, is a world famous cricketing landmark. Widely regarded as one of the finest venues, it has staged county and Test cricket since 1838 and is the world’s third oldest Test ground.


We call it football of course!  Nottingham has 2 professional clubs: Nottingham Forest (twice winners of the European Cup) and Notts County (the oldest team in the world).


The National Ice Centre

A short walk from our building.  Two Olympic-standard ice rinks host ice hockey, ice skating and speed skating.  The main arena is home to the Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team.


The National Water Sports Centre

A short bus ride from our centre is Holme Pierrepont, England’s national water centre.  With world-class facilities for rowing and canoeing (plus a wildwater canoe slalom course).


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