Conquer legends at Nottingham Castle
You’ve seen it in films, you’ve read about it in books. It’s time to visit Nottingham Castle in person and explore the world of princesses, sheriffs and men in tights.
Sadly there’s not much left of the original building founded by William the Conqueror. It was largely destroyed during the English Civil War, with only its original gatehouse left standing. But with its museum, art gallery and endless stories… it’s no less fascinating for a family weekend getaway.
In place of a castle, you’ll find a magnificent Manor House built over 300 years ago. While you won’t be able to enjoy unique panoramic views of the city until 2021 when it reopens, you can stroll its magnificent gardens and explore the caves, cellars and dungeons beneath the original castle.
Instagrammer? The castle moat features an iconic statue of Robin Hood, so if you’re in the city and want to build your profile, make sure it’s on your list.
Make sure you take the family down into the complex network of caves hidden beneath the castle quarter. A fascinating tour shares secrets including gruesome tales of murdered kings as well as the Prince of Thieves himself. The steep steps might be tricky for short legs but it’s well worth it - some of the caves even date back to medieval times.
Your Nottingham Castle experience is only going to get better. A total of £:29.4 million is being invested to redevelop the site, including the Ducal Palace and Grounds and the sprawling cave systems hidden within the Castle Rock. Get there in 2021 to see what improvements have been made.
Once you’ve seen the castle grounds it’s time to explore the rest of Nottingham on your family weekend getaway. Getting around is easy, with an award-winning transport network that helps you tick off the quirky shops, theatres and smaller independent venues dotted across the city. It’s a great place for you and the entire family.
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