Victoria Centre Apartments
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This fabulous Self Catering Apartment at the Victoria Centre Shopping Centre has all the amenities of a "home from home".
The 2 bedroom apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi and fantastic views over Market Square. Is ideally located in Nottingham city centre, above the city’s largest shopping centre.
It is a modern self-catering apartment and decorated in neutral colours with laminate wood flooring. Has 2 double bedrooms, a large lounge with a flat-screen LCD TV/DVD player, a kitchen, and a washing machine.
The building has an in-house gym, a sauna and a swimming pool that can be used at an additional charge.
Victoria Centre Apartment is just minutes from the Theatre Royal, the Royal Concert Hall, the Lace Market and vibrant Hockley. Nottingham’s tram system is a 3-minute walk away.
Nottingham Trent University, the Cornerhouse Leisure Complex, the Capital FM Arena Concert Hall and Nottingham Ice Stadium are minutes away.
Nottingham Rail Station is 0.7 miles away and the M1 motorway is less than 15 minutes’ drive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Eat Midlands, Nearest railway: Nottingham Railway Station|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Sauna, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
2 Double Bedrooms, own Large Television Lounge with 40 + Television Channels, Plasma LCD Television, Coffee table & Sofa, Full kitchen with all facilities, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dryer, microwave, kettle, toaster, all cutlery, plates, saucepans, Bathroom with bath & electric shower, central heating, room fan, room safe, lifts directly to the Shopping Centre below.
Welcome pack provided on arrival. Swimming pool, gym and sauna available. City Centre Car/Van parking available. English-speaking representative on hand to answer any questions.
The Heart of England/Peak District
Nottingham of course well known for its links to Robin Hood - and a short drive away you will find the famous Sherwood Forest.
Nottingham began in the 6th century as a small Saxon settlement called Snotta inga ham. The Saxon word ham meant village. The word inga meant 'belonging to' and Snotta was a man. So it was the village owned by Snotta. It was inevitable that sooner of later Nottingham would grow into a town as it is the first point where the Trent can be forded but the river is also navigable this far inland.
In the late 9th century the Danes conquered North East and Eastern England. They turned Nottingham into a fortified settlement or burgh. Nottingham had a ditch around it and an earth rampart with a wooden palisade on top.
In 920 the English king recaptured Nottingham and he built a bridge across the Trent. By the 10th century Nottingham was a busy little town though with a population of only several hundred. The Western limit of the Nottingham stood roughly where Bridlesmith Gate is today. From the 10th century Nottingham had a mint.
NOTTINGHAM IN THE MIDDLE AGES
In 1067 William the Conqueror built a wooden castle to guard Nottingham. (It was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century). Nottingham grew rapidly after the Norman Conquest. A new area was created between the old town and the castle. It was called the French borough because most of those who lived there were Norman French. The old town was called the English borough. The two areas had separate administrations until about 1300. The ditch and rampart around Nottingham were extended to surround the new area. Later, in the late 13th and early 14th centuries, they were replaced by stone walls.
Nottingham may have had a population of around 1,500 at the time of the Norman Conquest. By the 14th century it may have grown to 3,000. By the standards of the time Nottingham was a fair sized town. However it was not large or important nationally.
In 1155 the king gave Nottingham a charter. In the Middle Ages a charter was a document granting the townspeople certain rights. Nottingham gained its first mayor in 1284. The town gained its first sheriff in 1449.
In the Middle Ages Nottingham had a weekly market. It also had an annual fair. From 1284 it had two. In those days a fair was like a market but was it was held only once a year for a period of a few days. Buyers and sellers would come from all over Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire to attend one.
In the Middle Ages the main industry in Nottingham was wool manufacture. The raw wool was woven. It was then fulled. This means it was pounded in a mixture of water and clay to clean and thicken it. Wooden hammers worked by watermills pounded the wool. There were also some tilers and potters in Nottingham as well as goldsmiths.
There were also the same craftsmen you would find in any medieval town. These included brewers, bakers, carpenters, shoemakers and blacksmiths. There were obviously, bridlesmiths who gave a street its name and wheelwrights who did the same. Fletchergate is named after fletchers (arrow makers) who once worked there.
In the 13th century friars arrived in Nottingham. The friars were like monks but instead of withdrawing from the world they went out to preach. There were Franciscans known as grey friars because of their grey habits and Carmelite friars known as white friars. In the Middle Ages the church ran the only hospitals. In Nottingham there was a hospital dedicated to St Thomas. In it monks cared for the sick and the poor as best they could. There were also 2 leper hostels outside the gates of Nottingham, dedicated to St Leonard and St Mary.
In the 12th and 13th centuries there was also a Jewish community in Nottingham. However all Jews were forced to leave England in 1290.
NOTTINGHAM IN THE 16th AND 17th CENTURIES
In 1513 a grammar school was founded in Nottingham. However in the 1530s Henry VIII closed the leper hostels and the friaries. Robert Smythson 1535-1614 built Wollaton Hall in 1588. In Nottingham traditional industries such as the manufacture of wool declined. The pottery industry continued. Tanning declined in the late 17th century. However new industries arose to replace them. These included making silk or wool hosiery. By the late 17th century this industry was booming in Nottingham. So was a malting industry (malt, made from barley, is used in brewing.
A new industry in Nottingham was glass making. Glass windows were rare in the Middle Ages but they became common in the 17th century. So did brick houses. In the 1600s many of the houses in Nottingham were rebuilt in brick with tiled roofs. By the early 18th century it was an elegant town with many fine buildings.
Nottingham grew steadily despite outbreaks of plague, which occurred throughout the 16th and early 17th century. The last outbreak was in 1667. By 1600 Nottingham probably had a population between 3,500 and 4,000. It probably rose to about 5,000 by the late 17th century. In 1642 the civil war began when Charles I raised his standard on a hill north of Nottingham and called on men to join his cause. Nevertheless in November Parliamentarian troops occupied Nottingham. They held it for the rest of the war despite attacks by the royalist army in June 1643 and January 1644.
In 1651, after the war, parliament ordered that Nottingham castle should be destroyed (to prevent it ever falling into royalist hands). In 1674 The Duke of Newcastle bought the site. A mansion was built there between 1674 and 1679.
At the end of the 17th century the travel writer Celia Fiennes said: 'The town of Nottingham is the neatest town I have seen. It is built of stone and has delicate large and long streets much like London and the houses are lofty and well built. The Market Place is very broad - out of which run 2 very large streets'.
NOTTINGHAM IN THE 18th CENTURY
In the early 18th century Daniel Defoe described Nottingham as one of the most pleasant and beautiful towns in England. From the late 17th century salt glaze stoneware was made in Nottingham. In the 18th century the hosiery industry boomed. There was also a lace industry although it was quite small. Nottingham grew rapidly especially in the later 18th century. By the middle of the century the population of Nottingham had passed 10,000. By 1801, the year of the first census it exceeded 28,000.
By the standards of the time Nottingham was a large and important town. For the well-to-do it was elegant and genteel (although, as always, there were many poor people). In the 18th century there was a piped water supply although it was expensive and not many people could afford it. From the 1760s oil lamps lit the streets. The first theatre in Nottingham was built in 1760. A general hospital was built in 1782.
NOTTINGHAM IN THE 19th CENTURY
Nottingham continued to grow rapidly, especially after 1845 when a great deal of land around it was released for building. However like all towns in the early 19th century Nottingham was a dirty, unsanitary place. There was a cholera outbreak in 1833, which killed 330 people.
However conditions improved in Nottingham in the later 19th century. Nottingham gained gas street lighting in 1819. In the mid-19th century the piped water supply was taken over by the corporation and was greatly expanded. After 1835 Nottingham had its first proper police force. A new prison was built in Nottingham in 1846. Meanwhile the railway first reached Nottingham in 1839.
The first public library in Nottingham opened in 1868 and University College was formed in 1881.
In the late 19th century Nottingham corporation created parks and recreation grounds. Furthermore the Goose Fair evolved from an event where people bought and sold goods to a pleasure fair. Nottingham County Football Club was founded in 1862. Nottingham Forest was founded in 1865.
Meanwhile in 1831 the House of Lords rejected the Great Reform Bill which was intended to increase the number of people who could vote for MPs. The people of Nottingham were so angry they rioted. The Duke of Newcastle was opposed to reform so they burned his residence, the castle. It remained in ruins for 44 years until the town council took it over and rebuilt it as a museum and art gallery.
In the 19th century the hosiery industry continued. Nottingham was famous for lace. A lace-making machine was introduced in 1809. However some new industries began. John Player founded Players cigarettes in 1877. A man named Frank Bowden began making bicycles in Raleigh Street in 1887. He named his company after the street. By 1910 Raleigh were making 50,000 bicycles each year. Nottingham was made a city in 1897.
NOTTINGHAM IN THE 20th CENTURY
Electric trams began running in Nottingham in 1901. The last ones ran in 1936. Meanwhile between 1922 and 1932 a dual carriageway was built around the city.
In the late 20th century the main industries in Nottingham were textiles, tobacco, bicycles, pharmaceuticals and printing. In 1998 Nottingham was made a unitary authority.
Nottingham Railway Station is less than 1.5 miles from the Apartment, the Market Square, the famous Lace Market and Hockley with its trendy boutique style shops and the very modern Tram circuit are all within 5 minutes walk; and the M1 motorway is 5 miles away.
The Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham Castle and the Caves of Nottingham are less than a 10 minute drive away and Alton Towers Theme Park is just about an hours drive away. you are also just minutes from the local bars, restaurants, and the city centre nightclubs, casinos, cinema complex, the famous theatre royal and the Nottingham playhouse and the Trent fm Arena Music Venue.
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21 Feb 2014
"Our first stay in a vacation rental and it was really great!"
James and I do our own rentals in London so on this trip we decided to change from our usual hotel as we wanted more space and a kitchen.We booked a very large two bedroom above the Victoria Shopping … More
12 Jul 2013
Great cheap breakfast at hotel.Concierge was most helpful and friendly.We had two adjacent rooms which unfortunately weren't connected but that didn't trouble us much at all. Showers good.Te… More
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