Nottingham Castle

By September 14th, 2020Attractions

Historic site at the heart of the Robin Hood legend and the starting point for the English Civil War.

Situated on a high rock, Nottingham Castle commands spectacular views over the city and once rivalled the great castles of Windsor and the Tower of London.

Its history is chequered with sieges, murders and intrigue. Totally destroyed after the Civil War, the medieval castle was replaced by a magnificent ducal mansion in 1674. Then in 1875 it was converted into the first municipal museum and art gallery outside London. Award-winning cave tours tell this history and take you down into the passageways and tunnels beneath the building.

A total of £29.4 million is being invested to redevelop the Nottingham Castle site, including the Ducal Palace and Grounds and the sprawling cave systems hidden within the Castle Rock.

The site is now closed for work to start and is expected to re-open in February 2021.

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.


Hart’s Hotel and Kitchen Nottingham is an award-winning boutique hotel located on the old ramparts of Nottingham Castle, offering luxury accommodation and fine dining in our 2 AA rosette restaurant.

The hotel is a strikingly modern building that sits impressively overlooking Nottinghamshire thus boasting stunning views over the historical Park Estate.

The contemporary design of the hotel makes the most of natural daylight and brings the outside in, which creates some lovely relaxing spaces. The collection of bedrooms offer a peaceful retreat to unwind with floor-to-ceiling windows and modern décor making Hart’s a stylish escape if you are visiting Nottingham Castle.

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