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Nottingham Castle

Friar Lane

Tel: +44(0)115 8761400

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Nottingham Castle

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.

Admission Charges

Adults - £6.00
Concessions (under 16s, over 65s and UK students) - £5
Under 5s - Free
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £18
Groups - 1 free ticket for every 10 purchased

City residents with a valid Citycard can gain entry on weekdays for just £2 (excluding Bank Holidays).  These £2 tickets are valid on the day of purchase only
Carers accompanying disabled visitors will remain free of charge
This includes entry into the Nottingham Castle Museum, Art Gallery and grounds.
For group information or bookings please contact Nottingham Castle on 0115 876 1400 or email:

The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard is open for general admission every weekend and Bank Holiday 12pm - 4pm. A joint admission ticket for Nottingham Castle and The Museum of Nottingham Life is available at weekends, this covers both museums for the admission prices above.

Season Tickets

Are you a regular visitor to Nottingham Castle? If so you could save money with one of our great value weekday season tickets.

These tickets are valid weekdays (excluding Bank Holidays), and provide full access to all the Castle's galleries, exhibitions and grounds for a single fee.

Season tickets are available from time of purchase until 31 March.

Nottingham city residents (weekday season ticket, Monday - Friday, excluding Bank Holidays)
Adult Single £10
Family £15 (2 Adults and up to 3 Children)

Non-city residents (weekday season ticket, Monday - Friday, excluding Bank Holidays)
Adult Single £15
Family £20 (2 Adults and 3 Children)
Prices may be subject to change.

Cave Tour Times and Prices

Take a tour to experience the caves for yourself, learning on the way the gruesome tales of Roger Mortimer, King David II of Scotland or you may be able to take a tour with Robin Hood himself...

With some of the caves dating back to medieval times, the tour is strenuous with LOTS of steep steps. However, for those who wish to descend through hundreds of years the tour is a must.

15 February - 1 November 2015
Monday to Sunday: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

2 November 2015 - 14 February 2016
Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Please call 0115 876 1400  for confirmation of the latest tour times and dates prior to your visit to avoid disappointment.

£5.00 per person, under 5s free

Special Tours £5pp, under 5s free

Tour admission prices are in addition to the normal admission fee to Nottingham Castle.

Please note: places on our cave tours are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability and weather conditions.

No advance bookings are taken. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before the tour is due to leave.


  • Mortimer's Hole 3D Flythrough

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