Nottingham is considered a good shopping destination in England. It’s third behind London and Birmingham, but many locals say the shopping is just as good as anywhere else.

If you want to head to the main – and busiest – shopping areas in town, head for Broadmarsh and Victoria Centre.

Victoria Centre is in the northern part of the city centre and is consistently rated one of the top 15 shopping centers in all of England. It boasts more than 120 shops which include a Boots the Chemist flagship store, Gap, Tesco, House of Fraser, Republic and Qube.

Broadmarsh is located at the southern end of the city centre (near Midland Rail Station) and features more than 120 stores in a large shopping area. Like most malls, the stores run the gamut from children’s clothes to shoes and other essentials.

If you want a more unique shopping experience, there are many side roads and areas with less “mallish” atmospheres. Head to the Bridlesmith Gate area for designer shops and the original Paul Smith boutique. On and around Bridlesmith Gate, there are many retailers such as, Ted Baker, 2 Paul Smith stores- including a flagship, Flannels, Hugo Boss, Diesel, G-Star, Kurt Geiger, Limeys, Coast, Hobbs, Jigsaw, Lacoste as well as many others. Other areas feature lesser known stores but those that might entertain visitors with unique and interesting offerings.

Nottingham has two independent, high quality furniture stores. Hopewells on Huntingdon Street and the astoundingly quirky Nash on Carlton Street in Hockley - full of stuff you will see nowhere else.

If you head for the Exchange Arcade, you can find the Nottingham Tourism Centre and many boutique and specialized retailers. If you’re into goth or other more trendy looks, consider heading for the Bohemian Quarter known as, Hockley Village, which features stores that specialize in the trendy scene.