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Nottingham Castle

Pen Ink TripNottingham Castle is a magnificent 17th century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Nottingham CastleCastle, with spectacular views across the city. It contains a vibrant museum and art gallery housing collections of silver, glass, decorative items, visual arts, paintings and Nottinghamshire Archaeology and History. The galleries also bring the best regional, national and international artists' work to the city.

Customers to the Beer Festival can visit the Castle Museum free of charge (Open daily 10am - 4pm). Although charges may apply, cave tours can be booked and a visit is also recommended to the Museum of Nottingham Life, which is located at the foot of castle rock next to Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, claimed to be England's oldest pub.

For more information on Nottingham Castle please click here

Follow the latest renovation news :

Nottingham Castle Transformation

Nottingham Castle – restoring the jewel in Nottingham’s crown

Over the next five years, Nottingham Castle will be transformed into a world-class heritage destination. A total of £29.4 million is being invested to redevelop the whole site, including the Ducal Palace and Grounds, Brewhouse Yard and the sprawling cave network hidden within the Castle Rock. The plans for this transformation are both ambitious and sympathetic. One thousand years of history lie ready to be discovered on a site rich in archaeology and human interest. A beacon of power, protest and rebellion throughout the centuries, Nottingham Castle will be revitalised to reflect the wealth of its history, the depth of its collections and the lives of the people of Nottingham. This is the most significant heritage regeneration project in the UK today.

The grounds

- A new visitor centre will welcome people at the castle gatehouse, encouraging them to enter and explore, and helping to guide them around the site

- Parts of the castle grounds will be remodelled to reveal more of the medieval site and to re-establish spectacular views of the castle across the city

- Graphic panels, sculptures and snippets of audio around the grounds will provide insight into the castle’s past

- Visitors will be entertained by a year-round outdoor events programme - read more here

Site Plan - 2017

Download a .pdf file of the Festival site here

Groundplan of site

How to Find Us

The Castle entrance is situated at the top of Friar Lane, where it meets Castle Road and Standard Hill. It is a couple of minutes walk from the Old Market Square and Council House. There is easy access from train and bus stations, click here for the map or just follow the street signs.

IMPORTANT: If you are using a sat nav device enter the postcode as NG1 6EB.

One year several delivery vehicles used the official postcode for the castle and this took them onto the Park Estate where they were stuck for ages trying to find out how to get back out again!

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