Nottingham - Where The City Began

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Where The City Began

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(39 reviews)
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 Ian


Hello and thanks for visiting. I’m Ian, a professionally qualified guide. I hold the Blue Badge, which is the UK’s highest tour guiding qualification and have many years’ experience guiding in both English and German. My passion is sharing places and stories with people from around the world, and helping them discover more about this country and particularly the Midlands, where I have lived for almost all my life. I have a friendly and informal style and always aim to bring history to life with anecdotes about people and events rather than just dry facts. I love the sense of community with Heygo and enjoy seeing the same people joining multiple tours. On all of my tours you can expect information, humour and friendly conversation. I want you to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience as you take a walk with your new friend in England. Wherever in the world you are from, I look forward to giving you the warmest of British welcomes.

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 content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator 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 content creator 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 join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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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

Babs H.

28 June 2021

All Iain's tours are excellent

🇨🇦 Wendy B.

28 June 2021

Mary W.

28 June 2021

Another winning tour. Very interesting to learn about the caves, the lace factories and the origin story of Boots. Thanks Ian.

Patricia T.

28 June 2021

I always enjoy touring with Ian. Feels like I'm there!

Erika R.

28 June 2021

Great history, photography, commentary etc of Nottingham…learned a lot about the lace industry and how the poor had to survive in bygone days.

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