At one time Inverness had open-air markets, in 1876-70 the Town Council built a covered market which was destroyed by fire although the original sandstone entrance in Academy Street remains. Following the fire the Victorian Market was rebuilt by Inverness Town Council in 1890-91.
Winter lights all built around scaffolding.
The Victorian Market has a special range of shops that you will not find elsewhere in the town. They are the smaller businesses, owner operated, in the most part offering products and services that you will generally not find on the high street.
Also when visiting the Victorian Market have a look at:-
- Entrance on Academy Street - The original 1870 entrance on Academy Street, you will see it consists of three round arches. At the top the centre arch you will see a bull's head and on top of the two smaller arches,cafe-victoria.jpg either side are rams' heads.
- Victorian Market Clock - In the centre of the market above the clock look at the coats of arms of the various Councils that have been responsible for the Victorian Market over the years.
- Shop fronts - notice the round-headed shop fronts.
- Roof - The splendid ornate Victorian cast-iron and wooden-domed roof.
- Entrance on to Church Street - look at the sandstone arch leading from Church Street, you will notice it has been partly worn away by the sharpening of the fish merchants' knives from the time the Market hall was a fish market.
The Victorian Market in the heart of the Old Town is a unique covered shopping area with a wide variety of choice.
Home to some 41 shops offering a wide variety of choice to the shoppers.
There are two cafés, in the Victorian Market. Well worth a visit.