Ilkeston Town Centre

Ilkeston offers an unrivalled shopping and leisure experience, being perfectly placed between Nottingham and Derby, with excellent transport links.

Ilkeston appears to have begun as a hilltop settlement of the Anglo Saxon Chief Ealac (or ‘The Elk’) around the 6th century AD. Later, in 1252 the Lord of the manor was awarded a Charter, permitting a weekly market and annual fair. The market and fair continue to flourish in the town. The market place is brought to life every Thursday and Saturday offering an excellent range of goods, from toys, confectionery and greeting cards to electrical goods, books and clothes. The Ilkeston fair, in October, has become an event not to be missed, which is now one of the largest street fairs in Britain.

Ilkeston has over 250 shops of all sizes, offering a wide variety of goods and services to the discerning customer. Many of the leading high street retailers are in the town, along with a superb range of independent shops. A variety of these can be found in the pleasant surroundings of the covered Albion Centre. This diversity of shops in Ilkeston enables all your shopping needs to be catered for in one visit, saving you time and money. So, whether you are looking for toys and china gifts, Ilkeston has it all for you.

When you want a break from the hustle and bustle of shopping, there are a variety of cafes and bars to relax in, along with three leisure centres for the more active shopper. Car parking and security in Ilkeston are first class, with over ten car parks situated around the town centre at very reasonable prices. Many of these car parks, in addition to the main shopping areas, are covered by the town’s highly successful CCTV system, which is controlled from the new state of the art Ilkeston Police Station. This, coupled with the pedestrianisation of the market place and much of upper Bath Street, enables a safe, secure and pleasant shopping experience to be had by all. 

The established Radiolink Scheme, which links participating retailers and licensed premises via radio to the Police, CCTV and Street Wardens, making the town centre an even safer place to work and shop.