Nottingham Castle is basically Nottingham’s museum, art gallery and tourist attraction rolled into one. The building doesn’t look like a castle, but there’s a very good historical reason for that. What you see today is actually a former stately home, originally belonging to the Dukes of Newcastle. This Ducal mansion was built on the site of the former castle which was destroyed in the English Civil War. The one part of the old castle still standing is the beautiful gatehouse which welcomes you to the site.
In the coming years, there are some big plans to redevelop what visitors see at the castle with money awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. In the meantime, there’s still plenty to enjoy. In particular, don’t miss the tour of the caves under the castle. The city has caves everywhere and the ones under the castle have a history much older and darker than the building above it. If Robin Hood were ever held at the castle, it probably would have been in these caves. There’s a great statue of Robin Hood by the way just outside the castle below the gatehouse.
Another highlight at Nottingham Castle are the gardens. In the summer, the castle gardens are beautiful and make sure you spend some time looking at the view by the cafe at the far end of the building near the flagpole. From here, you can see much of south Nottinghamshire including the impressive floodlights at Trent Bridge, Green’s Windmill, the homes of Notts County (the world’s oldest league football club) and Nottingham Forest, the striking design of the HM Inland Revenue buildings and the luxurious historic houses of the gated community of “The Park”.
Nottingham Castle is daily from 10am until 5pm. Adult admission is £7 (2017 prices) and you can also buy a ticket which includes admission to the nearby Museum of Nottingham Life in Brewhouse Yard. This yard is also where you’ll find Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, reputedly Britain’s oldest pub. The yard is believed to be the old brewery site for the castle itself and the museum is bigger than it looks from Castle Boulevard, as it also goes into the castle rock itself.
LOCATION & CONTACT
Nottingham Castle is on the outskirts of the city centre near to Maid Marian Way, a short walk from the Old Market Square. Nearest car parks are Arndale Centre or St James Street.
Address: Nottingham Castle, Friar Lane, Nottingham NG1 6EL
Tel: +44 (0) 115 915 3700
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