Nottingham is such a vibrant and colourful city which I have spent many days and nights visiting.
Every time I go I seem to discover somewhere new, one of my favourite things about this beautiful city.
I’ve put together a list of which I think are some of the best places to ‘get that gram’. Quite a few of these are bars as Nottingham has some damn pretty ones but I hope you enjoy!
The best spots in Nottingham to get the perfect Instagram picture:
This is hands down my favourite area in Nottingham. It’s got such a chilled vibe with independent book/music shops, bars, restaurants and some great charity and vintage shops. I would love to work somewhere near here and spend my lunch breaks browsing the different stores then stopping off at a coffee shop for a bite to eat.
The last time I was here (summer 2020) I took this photo of this jacket potato / coffee shop called Hippo and I really hope it’s still there when I’m allowed to venture into the city again. I stopped off for a coffee here with some friends and I desperately want to go back and try a jacket potato, they smelt incredible!
2. The Hockley Arts Club
Much like the name, the interior of this bar is a work of art. Hidden down an alleyway (next to Hippo) in Hockley, it may take a few attempts to find this bar but it is most certainly worth it. The top floor is decorated with the most beautiful cherry blossoms and Japanese paintings, take a detour here on the way to the toilets for a quick snap.
The bar itself can be a little pricey but I usually only have one drink here before moving on. They also do a great afternoon tea which is reasonably priced.
3. The Castle Area
I call this part of Nottingham the castle area but I’m not actually sure what it’s called. This is such a pretty part of Nottingham with older bars, restaurants and cobbled streets all right next to Nottingham castle which is currently undergoing a refurbishment.
It tends to be a bit more quieter around this area, especially if you get there early so it’s a great spot if you want to take photos with not many people around. If you come here I definitely recommend stopping off for a drink at Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem and going all the way to the top.
You’ll also find The Robin Hood Statue in this area which is a tourist photo hot spot.
Located near the Corner House this bar does the most beautiful looking cocktails that are perfect for taking pictures of/with. It’s such a nice place to stop off at night or day time and the decor inside is stunning!
They’re always refreshing the cocktail menu too so every time I go I get to try something new AND they do happy hours.
5. Cobden Chambers
Tucked away off Pelham Street is Cobden Chambers which is home to independent retailers and creative businesses. Based around a courtyard, you can shop for quirky accessories and vintage antiques in this area, or simply stop by for a photo.
6. Pitcher and Piano
I try and avoid chain bars if I can as Nottingham has so many independents that I love to visit, however this bar is not your usual Pitcher and Piano. It’s actually housed in a former church. It’s big stained glass windows bring in lots of light which is perfect for getting bright airy photos. They also do nice looking cocktails too!
7. Goose Fair
So this one isn’t always in Nottingham. The Goose Fair comes to the Forest Recreation Ground (only a couple of tram stops away from the city centre) every year for around a week, usually in October. It has been running for over 700 years and brings with it a huge amount of funfair rides, and too many food stalls to choose from. All the bright lights and vintage looking rides make a nice vibrant insta shot.
The fair gets VERY busy so if you want to get some shots try and avoid peak times or get some photos from a distance. Sadly the Goose Fair was cancelled last year due to covid but I’m hoping things will get better and it will be running again this year.
8. Wollaton Hall
This one isn’t in the city centre but it’s only a short drive away. Wollaton Hall is a stunning Elizabethan country house that was used for filming as Wayne Manor (Batmans Home). It’s surrounded by vast parkland which are home to deer that roam free.
Wollaton makes a beautiful background for your photos and perfect to go for a nice scenic walk.
9. Trent Bridge, West Bridgeford
I simply love this spot of Trent Bridge which is set over The River Trent. The River Trent is one of the longest rivers in the United Kingdom and runs alongside Nottingham.
This spot is in front of the Waterside Bar and Kitchen and in summer you can sit outside on their terrace and admire this view whilst you drink fruity cocktails. I visited here last summer during a heatwave and it felt just like being abroad.
10. The Lacehouse
This loft style cocktail bar will have you dreaming of living in a Manhattan apartment. Set in a converted Lace Factory this independent venue serves great drinks in a relaxed and chilled out environment. The open space is great for photos but for a more fun shot, head to the toilets for a bath tub full of pink ball pool balls!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and we have the opportunity to venture into city’s again soon. If you’ve got any favourite photo spots in Nottingham I would love to hear them!