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Nottingham Castle

Hear tales of sieges, civil war, high treason and Robin Hood in this historic castle that conceals a labyrinth of underground tunnels.

Nottingham Castle is a 17th-century palace built on the site where a medieval royal fortress once stood. Browse the art gallery and museum that now occupy the historic structure to get a sense of the former stronghold’s role in the city’s history.

The first castle to be built here was a Norman motte-and-bailey construction. Most of that structure was destroyed during the English Civil War in the 17th century. Explore the ducal mansion that was built to replace the castle and learn about the castle origins and its ties with Robin Hood. The structure appears in several legends about the noble outlaw and the villainous sheriff.

Peruse temporary exhibitions covering themes such as photography and architecture. The Riot 1831 Gallery provides the opportunity to find out more about the 19th-century attacks that partially destroyed the castle. Download the Augmented Reality app to your phone to interact with the displays and hear first-hand accounts from virtual witnesses.

Kids will enjoy messing around in the medieval-style playground. The serene gardens are a great place to relax while taking in panoramic views of the city. Purchase souvenirs from the gift shop and sip a hot drink at the museum café.

A network of caves and tunnels are hidden in the sandstone outcrop beneath the castle. Join a guided tour to discover the subterranean maze, including the extraordinary Mortimer’s Hole, a tunnel traversed by King Edward III during his efforts to expose his father’s murderer, Sir Roger Mortimer. Be aware that this tour is fairly strenuous and includes more than 300 steps.

From mid-February to late October, the museum is open daily. From November through to mid-February, it opens from Wednesday to Sunday only. An admission fee is required to enter.

Nottingham Castle is north of the Nottingham Canal in the city center. Visitors with disabilities can avail of on-site parking, though it must be booked in advance. Otherwise, find on-street parking nearby.

Visit some of the many attractions that surround the castle, such as the Museum of Nottingham Life and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub. Ride a bus to Central College stop or a tram to the Old Market Square stop.


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Britannia Nottingham Hotel £25
Britannia Nottingham Hotel

Britannia Nottingham Hotel

St James Street, Nottingham
     
    2.8
    of 5, from 1,054 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Nottingham, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nottingham Council House, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Nottingham Cathedral. Nottingham Castle and Theatre Royal are also within 10 minutes.

    ibis Nottingham Centre
    ibis Nottingham Centre

    ibis Nottingham Centre

    16 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 811 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of Nottingham, this hotel is steps away from Bridlesmith Gate and Nottingham Contemporary. Galleries of Justice Museum and St Mary's Church are also within 5 minutes.

      Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre
      Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre

      Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre

      17-31 Wollaton Street, Nottingham
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 500 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Nottingham, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nottingham Playhouse, Theatre Royal and The Cornerhouse. Motorpoint Arena Nottingham and Trent Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Park Plaza Nottingham
        Park Plaza Nottingham

        Park Plaza Nottingham

        41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham
           
          3.8
          of 5, from 796 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Nottingham, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Market Square, Nottingham Cathedral, and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. Theatre Royal and Nottingham Castle are also within 10 minutes.

          The Stage Hotel £18
          The Stage Hotel

          The Stage Hotel

          1-5 Gregory Blvd, Nottingham
             
            1.9
            of 5, from 328 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in Nottingham, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Victoria Centre Shopping Mall and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Cathedral and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            St James Hotel £46
            St James Hotel

            St James Hotel

            Rutland Street, Nottingham
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 476 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Nottingham, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Nottingham Castle. Nottingham Cathedral and Theatre Royal are also within 10 minutes.

              Holiday Inn Nottingham
              Holiday Inn Nottingham

              Holiday Inn Nottingham

              Castle Marina Park, Nottingham
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 463 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Broadmarsh Shopping Center, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Nottingham Castle. Nottingham Contemporary and Galleries of Justice Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Roomzzz Nottingham City £47
                Roomzzz Nottingham City

                Roomzzz Nottingham City

                Stanley Place, Nottingham
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 8 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Nottingham, this apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre Royal and Nottingham Cathedral. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Nottingham Castle are also within 15 minutes.