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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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Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel ¥5,853
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 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Nottingham Station is 6 minutes by foot.

    Park Plaza Nottingham ¥6,868
    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 Alea Nottingham and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Castle are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 11 minutes by foot.

      Lace Market Hotel by Compass Hospitality ¥6,605
      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 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.

        Crowne Plaza Nottingham ¥6,744
        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 steps from Alea Nottingham and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre ¥5,853
          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 Alea Nottingham, Theatre Royal, and The Cornerhouse. Nottingham Trent University and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 16 minutes by foot.

            Hart's Hotel ¥12,357
            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, Nottingham Castle, and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University and Lace Market are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 13 minutes by foot.

              Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel ¥5,787
              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.

                Holiday Inn Nottingham ¥7,154
                Holiday Inn Nottingham

                Holiday Inn Nottingham

                Castle Marina Park, Castle Bridge Road, Nottingham, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham Castle, and Lace Market. Motorpoint Arena Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are also within 2 mi (3 km). Nottingham Station is 19 minutes by foot.