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Situated on a high rock, Nottingham Castle commands spectacular views over the city. The castle was built by William the Conqueror’s son after the Norman invasion, the first incarnation of the Castle being built in 1068. The history of Nottingham Castle is chequered with sieges, murders and intrigue – it was known as the Legendary home to the Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood’s mortal enemy. When the castle was destroyed after the Civil War, it 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 all the history and take you down into the passageways and tunnels beneath the building.
Newark Castle has stood proudly on the banks of the River Trent for nearly 900 years – with now only one and a half sides of the castle remaining which includes the oldest part of the castle, a large gatehouse. The castle was built in 1133 by Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln, and it remained a seat of the Bishops of Lincoln until 1547 when King Henry VIII took it for the Crown.
The hilltop setting commands stunning views over the Vale of Belvoir, with glorious gardens and of course the fascinating magical castle to explore - there’s something for everyone of all ages. Inside the castle you will find many notable collections, from the military treasures in the guardroom to the stunning staterooms with their impressive period art, tapestries, furniture and sculpture. In contrast to the grandeur of the State Rooms, the Old Kitchen and Bakery will fuel your imagination of ‘below the stairs’ life in 1825. Belvoir Castle has limited opening times - therefore it is best to check their opening times/dates before visiting.