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Historic site at the heart of the Robin Hood legend and starting point for the English Civil War
Situated on a high rock, Nottingham Castle commands spectacular views over the city and once rivalled the great castles of Windsor and the Tower of London.
Its history is chequered with sieges, murders and intrigue. Totally destroyed after the Civil War, the medieval castle was replaced by a magnificent ducal mansion in 1674. Then in 1875 it was converted into the first municipal museum and art gallery outside London. Award-winning cave tours tell this history and take you down into the passageways and tunnels beneath the building.
Museum and Gardens
The museum, recently refurbished, now contains spectacular fine and decorative arts galleries, as well as galleries telling the story of Nottingham, the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum and an exciting programme of art exhibitions. The museum also has a shop, a cafe and a medieval playground within its grounds.
Whilst on your visit you can also enjoy the six acres of Victorian inspired grounds and gardens. The grounds boast magnificent views of the city and beyond. The Castle Green, with its medieval style playground and covered picnic area, provides the ideal spot for a family day out.
Opening Times and Entry Prices
The Castle is now open 7 days a week throughout the Summer (15 February - 2 November 2014) 10-5pm* and from November to February it's open Wednesday to Sunday 10-4pm*.
- *last entry 1 hour before closing
- Nottingham Castle will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Adults £5.50, Concessions (under 16s, over 60s and students) £4.00, Under 5s free, Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £15.
Group rate - one free admission for every 10 people. No limit on size of group.
City residents with a valid Citycard can gain entry Monday - Friday for just £1 (excluding Bank Holidays).These tickets are valid only on the day of purchase.
Carers accompanying disabled visitors will enter free of charge.
The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard is open for general admission every weekend and Bank Holiday. A joint admission ticket for Nottingham Castle and The Museum of Nottingham Life is available weekends.
Prices may be subject to change.
Length of visit: 1 to 3 hours.
Wheelchair & electric Scooter are available (prior notice required).
Beneath the Castle a labyrinth of manmade caves and tunnels continue to tell the turbulent story of this historic site. Come along for a memorable tour and discover the secret passageways, King David's legendary dungeon, the Duke of Newcastle's Wine Cellar or Mortimer's Hole.
Due to the amount of steps involved, caves tours are strenuous and not recommended for all. Please note that Cave Tours are on a first come first served basis and are subject to availability and weather conditions. Cave tour times and admission prices
15 February - 2 November 2014
Monday - Sunday: 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
3rd November 2013 - 14th February 2014
Wednesday - Sunday: 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Tour admission prices are in addition to the normal admission fee. £3 per person, under 5's free.
Please call 0115 8761400 for confirmation of the latest tour times and dates prior to your visit to avoid disappointment.
- Mortimer's Hole 3D Flythrough
- Regional and Miscellaneous Experience Nottinghamshire Member 2011
- Regional and Miscellaneous Disabled Access 2011
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