"Gray & Bull stock top brands. Excellent experience and I will absolutely use Gray & Bull as my choice for opticians. Thank you."

About Us

Gray & Bull is the oldest independent dispensing and ophthalmic opticians in Nottingham. It was established in 1806 and until 1939 went by the name of Gray & Selby. Based on Pelham Street - just off Clumber Street where it meets High Street and at the start of the fashionable Hockley / Lace Market area within the Creative Quarter of Nottingham City Centre. The practice is located just a few feet before and on the opposite side of The Loxley on Pelham Street, which is a few minutes walk from intu Victoria Centre, intu Broadmarsh, Kings Walk, Friar Lane and around the corner from Bridlesmith Gate, Wheeler Gate, the Flying Horse and the Exchange Arcade. On street parking is available on George Street and Heathcote Street - just off Carlton Street in Hockley. Closest car parks are the Lace Market and Trinity Square NCP car parks.

Focus is always on providing a truly comprehensive and personal eyecare and eyewear service that offers patients and clients the reassurance that their vision and spectacles are being looked after by qualified Dispensing Opticians, Optometrists (Ophthalmic Opticians) and Optometry support staff (Optical Assistants).

For over two centuries, Gray & Bull has served people from all around the world providing expert service and incredible eyewear from all over the world.

The team at Gray & Bull are always committed to providing advice on quality, value and service. Expert, professional guidance is provided on eyecare, glasses and contact lenses. Emphasis is always placed on a personal service, correctly fitted frames and accurately dispensed ophthalmic lenses.

Gray & Bull offers both Private and NHS eye examinations (eye / sight tests) and also provides a comprehensive contact lens fitting service including after-care (checks) and supply.

The largest range of quality branded eyewear in Nottingham can be found at the practice. Designer ranges include sought after brands such as Ray-BanOliver Peoples and Tom Ford.

Gray & Bull is genuinely passionate about providing the best possible product for the needs of the client. We are known for the widest selection of frame styles hand-picked from around the world. Exclusive niche eyewear by Anne et Valentin (France), Barton Perriera (USA/Japan), Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO)Theo (Belgium), Mykita (Germany) and New York's finest Moscot - as worn by Johnny Depp. You will also find CAZAL Eyewear at Gray & Bull. This range was made famous by stars such as Run DMC in the 1980's.

We stock designer frames such as Oliver Peoples, Persol and Tom Ford and sunglasses such as Ray-Ban and Maui Jim are stocked.

We also stock frames by Silhouette which are the lightest available especially the famous rimless designs. Silhouette acetate frames are also worn by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Sports eyewear is an important part of the practice. We stock sunglasses by Oakley including ski goggles. These sunglasses were worn by many of the Olympians in London 2012 and Rio 2016. We also stock sunglasses and ski goggles from Maui Jim which offer the best polarised lenses on the market.

Gray and Bull remains committed to dispensing some of the best ophthalmic lenses by manufacturers like Essilor (Varilux), Hoya, Nikon Lenswear, Transitions Lenses and Zeiss lens into some of the finest hand-made frames and glasses (spectacles / eyeglasses) from around the world.

We always welcome the registration of new patients.

The practice is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday from 9am-5.30pm.