Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham

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Once the main residence of the duke, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery is considered the city of Nottingham's best art gallery. The gallery got international attention when it hosted the "Waking Dreams" exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite art. In the permanent collection, you'll find watercolors by Paul Sandby, Wedgwood Jasperware, locally made salt-glazed stoneware, oil paintings, and a group of costumes that showcase locally made lace. All of these works of art are housed inside the castle's exquisitely preserved architecture, one of the rare examples of Artisan Mannerist style. Take a guided tour through the remaining rock-cut cellars, following a long passage that leads to the bottom of the rock that the castle rests on, known as Mortimer's Hole. Before you head to Nottingham, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Nottingham vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Nottingham has to offer, including Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery.
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Staying in Nottingham's historical town center not only keeps you close to the area's finest shopping and dining, but also near an increasingly popular bohemian quarter. The town center is packed with top-quality boutique and spa hotels, as well as luxurious self-catering apartments. If you are travelling on a shoestring or just quickly passing through, consider one of Nottingham's low-budget hostels or inns. For a taste of country living, book your stay a working-farm cottage or a family-run countryside B&B.
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  • Visiting from Australia so this was a must see. One of our relatives said there isn't a lot to see here but we found it very interesting. Several levels and some interesting with very old portraits an...  more »
  • Worth a visit you can see from the castle around the main points, the castle has at certain points small pictures of places and where they are.  more »
  • According to the signs, the Nottingham Castle is to undergo major refurbishment, integrating the caves and even the Brewhouse Yard Museum below. Once finished, it will be awesome. What we saw today we...  more »
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  • This is really not what we expected! The staff didn't tell us any details when we paid so we were unaware of the tours etc. It's basically a museum and art gallery. There's an interesting war section and a very knowledgeable volunteer answered our questions and took the time to show us round that exhibition. We wanted to do the caves but when we got to a different desk we were told it was a further £5pp on top of the £8pp entry. The gardens are nice. Have been to much nicer and interesting museums and galleries for free!
  • Spent a fabulous relaxing 4 hours at Nottingham Castle on Father's Day. The grounds are beautiful, great views all around and a fascinating guided tour of the caves (1 pm). After the cave tour we visited the museum (museum entrance included in entrance Fee) next to the Trip to Jerusalem public house. Didn't get to look all the exhibitions as ran out of time. Luckily one return visit included in the entrance fee.
  • Lovely grounds and fantastic views over Nottingham and lots of info about the history of Nottingham. Kids didn't really enjoy it as much as i remember enjoying it at their age. I thought they might offer a bit more from the tales of Robin Hood (after all, the city does sell a lot of tourism based on the legend) Rather pricey entry, also the shop is more expensive than a cinema for drinks. I imagine that this would seem more worth while on a sunny day when you can take more enjoyment from the grounds.
  • Good place to go for a variety of arts and themed artifacts. Walks and tours are available through the tunnels of the castle and bring relevant information about Nottingham's history to the public. Slightly disappointing that the castle interior isn't designed to look like it did centuries ago when people still lived in it like many other old castles and houses you can visit. There are many events held at the castle, for example plays for the entertainment of younger children and free entry on English Heritage week held once a year. Scenery is great and you can get a good view of the city from above. Would recommend this place to anyone visiting Nottingham, especially the tours more than the castle as the castle galleries and artifacts are not entirely relevant to the history of the castle & its grounds if that is what you are more interested in. Entry prices are reasonable and café refreshments are available at a fair cost.
  • Not a "castle" as such, but the tale of how the current house came to be built on the site is certainly interesting - peasants revolt! The permanent exhibition is okay but nothing special; it's probably not worth the steep entry fee in colder weather, unless there's a special event on. The grounds are very pretty, though, so I would recommend a summer visit. We also took the tour of the caves underneath the castle. Our guide ("Robin Hood") was very enthuasiastic, but the tour only included two or three rooms.