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Nottingham - Where The City Began

Where The City Began

(18 reviews)
Lace Market, Nottingham, United Kingdom
45 mins

About the tour

On this tour, we explore the area known as the Lace Market, named after one of Nottingham's most famous but sadly now disappeared industries, where grand manufacturing buildings have been transformed into desirable and fashionable living, creative and entertainment spaces. But beneath the modern streets, this is where the original settlement of Nottingham was located more than a thousand years ago. Right here, we can trace the entire history of the city - from small village, to trading centre, to wealthy manufacturing district to modern centre of entertainment and culture. Including everything from Nottingham's oldest and largest church to our leading modern art gallery to the home of your guide's favourite sports team, you can expect a rich history, street art around almost every corner, and lots of stories about how this fascinating and vibrant district has constantly changed over the centuries. If you don't know the Lace Market, you don't know Nottingham so take this chance to stroll through the area and find out more.

Meet your local guide


Ian is a professionally qualified guide with over 15 years' experience guiding in English and German. He loves to share information about places through stories rather than lists of facts. On Ian's tours you will find out not just about the places, but about the people, events and secrets behind them. He's never happier than when he's bringing places to life for guests' enjoyment, and looks forward to giving you a warm British welcome wherever in the world you are from.

Ian has been guiding since Feb 2002

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Nottingham with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Nottingham. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Linda R.

10 April 2021

another fantastic tour thank you

Susan O.

10 April 2021

Ian’s tours are consistently excellent. He is always good humoured and pleasant to his ‘guests’. I scan the tour guide to make sure I don’t miss any new trips.

Yvonne H.

10 April 2021

Ian is expert in British history and the details that make his tours so memorable—wherever he goes for HeyGo!

Hilary S.

10 April 2021

very good tour

Mary Virginia A.

10 April 2021

Ian always provides such a relaxing yet interesting tour. Very friendly and knowledgeable.

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