Explore Nottingham's Fantastic Victorian Architecture < Let's GoDo - Let's GoDo

Explore Nottingham's Fantastic Victorian Architecture

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Hosted by Lucy
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Experience Category

  • History
  • Arts & Culture
  • Tours

About the experience

Experience Duration : 2 hrs 15 mins
Experience Summary:

Join tour guide Lucy Brouwer to explore the Nottingham city centre buildings of Victorian architect Watson Fothergill.

Why did the Victorians think a mortgage was like a monkey?
How can one architect have two names on one building?
What links one of Nottingham's foremost Victorian architects with Mick Jagger and Thomas Hardy?

Detailed description:

All these questions and more answered on a guided walk around the buildings of eccentric architect Watson Fothergill in Nottingham City Centre. Learn about the buildings of one of Nottingham's most prominent Victorian architects, his signature style and the influence of the Gothic on the city's buildings. The walk is approximately 2km (1.25 miles) 2 hours.
Participants should come prepared for appropriate weather eventualities and wear footwear suitable for city walking.

This entertaining tour looks at the city's buildings from a new angle, encouraging you to look up and notice the beautiful details Victorian architecture offers. Learn about the shops, hotels, banks and businesses that help build the city we live in today. Visit Nottingham's historic Lace Market and finish at a unique pub at the end of the walk.

About the host

I'm Lucy. I love architecture - especially the eccentricities and idiosyncrasies of the Victorian era. I studied History of Art and have worked in live events for many years. I've travelled extensively and walked on lots of guided tours, so I try to make mine as entertaining and informative as possible to give visitors and locals alike a new view of the city. I strive to offer an animated and interesting tour that will appeal to you even if you are a total beginner when it comes to architecture. I tell the story of the architect's life and work through my knowledge and experience of these buildings. I want to make you see Nottingham in a new way.

Places we'll visit

Starting in Nottingham city centre near the Council House, the walk route follows King Street to Parliament Street taking in the major Fothergill buildings Queen's Chambers and Express Chambers. Then we go through town to Clinton Street West, the spectacular (well I think so!) former Nottingham and Notts Bank on Thurland Street. See the unique sculptures and turret of Fothergill's office on George Street before exploring the Lace Market. We usually end at Fothergill's pub near Nottingham Castle.

Additional information


What the Host requires you to bring
  • Waterproof clothing / umbrella
  • Waking shoes
  • Bottle of water


  • Who can come Adults
  • Activity level not much
  • Skill level beginner


Primary Language : English

Private groups

Does the Host accept Private Group : yes
Private groups minimum size : 5
Private groups maximum size : 20

Alternate Dates

If you would like to request for alternative dates not currently showing in availability, please contact the host directly via private message

Special Considerations

This walk is step-free (some kerbs may need to be negotiated) on city streets that are mostly accessible to pushchairs and mobility scooters/ powered wheelchairs. If you have any mobility issues then please contact me as the route can be adapted to suit individual needs.

Some participants with mobility issues may like to bring a portable stool for longer periods of standing still at the stops.

Please wear shoes suitable for city walking and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

There are public toilets at the beginning of the route.



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Meet Up Location : Smithy Row, Nottingham NG1 2BY, UK, (NG1 2BY),

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