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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

Britannia Nottingham Hotel

St James Street, Nottingham
2.9
of 5, from 965 reviews
3.5 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.

£29
ibis Nottingham Centre

ibis Nottingham Centre

16 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham
4.0
of 5, from 740 reviews
2.5 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.

£40
Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel

Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel

Waterfront Plaza, Nottingham
4.1
of 5, from 1,088 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Nottingham, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Old Market Square and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Castle is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.

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Holiday Inn Nottingham

Holiday Inn Nottingham

Castle Marina Park, Nottingham
4.2
of 5, from 442 reviews
3.5 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).

£49
St James Hotel

St James Hotel

Rutland Street, Nottingham
3.9
of 5, from 412 reviews
4.5 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.

£44
Park Plaza Nottingham

Park Plaza Nottingham

41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham
3.8
of 5, from 735 reviews
4.5 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.

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Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel

Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel

2 George Street, Lace Market, Nottingham
4.1
of 5, from 566 reviews
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Located in the heart of Nottingham, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham Contemporary and St Mary's Church. Motorpoint Arena Nottingham and Galleries of Justice Museum are also within 5 minutes.

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The Stage Hotel

The Stage Hotel

1-5 Gregory Blvd, Nottingham
1.9
of 5, from 190 reviews
3.0 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).