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The National Videogame Arcade

24 - 32 Carlton Street

Tel: 0115 881 3091

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The National Videogame Arcade

Play all day at the National Video Game Arcade!

At the National Videogame Arcade you can experience 3 floors of fully interactive games, events and activities designed to inspire, educate and entertain you all day!

Play their collection of Arcade Machines such as Donkey Kong, Tetris, Time Crisis and many more – they’re all on Free Play so no coins needed!

Take command of Mission Control for the ultimate creative space battle in which you control every aspect of the game! Draw your own alien to add to the mix, change the animation or change the soundtrack – all your changes happen real-time whilst the game is being played. Will you be the controller or gamer?

Get the chance to play games before they’re released in our Early Access Greenhouse and send feedback to the developers to help shape the game. The selection of games in here changes regularly, so check back often for some real exclusives!

Take part in a Minecraft workshop to develop your skills in the gaming phenomenon that has taken the world by storm, or you can play brand new games on PC, WiiU, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – the ultimate ‘try before you buy’!

Find out about how videogames have changed with our History of Videogames in 100 objects. Get hands-on with gaming history and play on retro games consoles like the Commodore 64 to Nintendo 64.

The Game Inspector gallery takes your favourite games to pieces so that you can see how they work. Learn about design in Super Mario Bros, health in LEGO Star Wars or how Physics is used in Gang Beats.

There’s loads more to discover and different ways to play with your friends and family. There's an exciting programme of events and activities so there’s always something new to discover. Discover all the latest events on the website.

Who’s it for?

Games are for everyone to enjoy so we welcome all ages of visitors. Under 5s get free admission and under 12s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Day tickets and family passes are available online in advance and on the door. Some special activities are bookable on the day for free.


Admission lets you stay and play all day, with re-entry via wristband.  
Child/Concession £6.50
Adult £8.50
There's a selection of group and family tickets available. Book online on the website.

Toast Bar Cafe

You can pause and refuel at theToast Bar where you can get locally roasted coffee, handmade cakes, snacks and drinks, a bowl of cereal and of course toast! There’s free wifi, mobile charging points, board games and colouring/crafts for the kids, so it’s the perfect place to stop and refuel.

Parties and events

The NVA also host birthday parties, run clubs and workshops and educational visits for schools. Find out more on the website.

Opening Times:
Term Time - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10am - 6pm
Nottinghamshire School Holidays - Tuesday to Sunday from 10am - 6pm

The Toast Bar and Garden is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am - 6pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday late night opening until 11.30pm
The shop is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am - 6pm

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  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence' Winner 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence' Winner 2017 2017

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