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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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Park Plaza Nottingham £59
Park Plaza Nottingham

Park Plaza Nottingham

41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Nottingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Market Square and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Castle are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 11 minutes by foot.

    Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel £49
    Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel

    Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel

    Waterfront Plaza, Station Street, Nottingham, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Nottingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Old Market Square and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Castle is 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Nottingham Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      Lace Market Hotel by Compass Hospitality £69
      Lace Market Hotel by Compass Hospitality

      Lace Market Hotel by Compass Hospitality

      29-31 High Pavement, Lace Market, Nottingham, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Nottingham City Centre, this romantic hotel is steps away from Galleries of Justice Museum and Lace Market. Motorpoint Arena Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 9 minutes by foot.

        Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre £60
        Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre

        Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre

        17-31 Wollaton Street, Nottingham, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre Royal and The Cornerhouse. Nottingham Trent University and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 16 minutes by foot.

          Crowne Plaza Nottingham £56
          Crowne Plaza Nottingham

          Crowne Plaza Nottingham

          17-31 Wollaton Street, Nottingham, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Nottingham City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre Royal and Nottingham Trent University. Motorpoint Arena Nottingham and Lace Market are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel £55
            Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel

            Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel

            2 George Street, Lace Market, Nottingham, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lace Market and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham. Nottingham Trent University and Theatre Royal are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 11 minutes by foot.

              Hart's Hotel £59
              Hart's Hotel

              Hart's Hotel

              Standard Hill, Park Row, Nottingham, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nottingham Playhouse, Theatre Royal and Nottingham Castle. Nottingham Trent University and Lace Market are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                Hilton Nottingham £53
                Hilton Nottingham

                Hilton Nottingham

                38 Milton Street, Nottingham, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre Royal and Lace Market. Nottingham Trent University and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 13 minutes by foot.