10 reasons to choose Gray & Bull

Still not sure?

We are certain that a visit to Gray & Bull will not dissapoint.

We have put together our "Top Ten Reasons to Choose Gray & Bull". There are more reasons, but we thought that 10 was a nice round number.

To request a FREE link to the "Top 10 Reasons...", please complete your details below.

Or you can call us on 0115 9418121 to request a FREE copy to be sent to you in the post. You are under no obligation to buy from us, but when you see our fantastic frame and ophthalmic lens choices, you will not want to look elsewhere.

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About us


"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 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), Francis Klein (France), Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO)Theo (Belgium), Vinylize (Budapest), Mykita (Germany), New York's finest Moscot - as worn by Johnny Depp, and Mr Leight. 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.

Independent Eyewear


Independent Eyewear

We are passionate about independent, original and fashion forward eyewear from around the globe.

No lables. No Logos. No mass-production.

"Your eyewear should not be about just a brand name or logo stamped at the temple/side of a frame, but about a personal statement, a physical enhancement, and a representation of the wearer themselves."

Here at Gray & Bull, for over 200 years we have been striving to bring you the very best quality, style, asthetics and service. Our role is to help you look past the familiar lables, both in terms of eyewear brands and your perception of yourself. Rather than only giving you what you want, we offer unique options you never knew were available and give you something more, something you never knew you wanted. Give yourself permission to be surprised and see yourself in a whole new light.

Our staff of Dispensing Optician, Optometrists and Optical Assistants have years of experience in finding frames that fit each individual's facial features and personality as well as determining the very best ophthalmic lenses for the widest range of prescriptions.

Our expert staff love to share the stories of each of our chosen independent brands. We remain the authority in independent lines in Nottingham.

To learn more, visit, call or email us.

Exclusive Collections by

Anne et Valentin, Barton Perreira, Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO)Jacques Marie Mage, Moscot, Mykita, Mylon, Theo


Customised clip-ons, Cords, Chains, Magnifiers plus so much more...

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Frames & Sunglasses? (tick all that apply)
  • Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO)
  • Maui Jim
  • Moscot
  • Mykita
  • Oakley
  • Persol
  • Ray-Ban
  • Savile Row
  • Theo
  • Other
Ophthalmic Lenses? (tick all that apply)
Contacts Lenses? (tick all that apply)