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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  • Yes it certainly looks like a castle from the outside. The walk up to building was really exciting as we anticipated seeing dungeons, cannons and creepy caves. That is where the excitement ended! It w...  more »
  • We decided to take our 11 year old grandson during half term. I'm afraid we were disappointed. We enjoyed the history but felt £19 was too much to view the odd collection.of artifacts. The Castle that...  more »
  • The grounds are great and the beer festival they hold every year is good. You couldn't make a full day of this though as the grounds aren't large- not like (for example) Wollaton Park; and because the...  more »
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  • Not so much a castle, more of a gardens than anything else. It would need to be visited on a nice summers days to get anything out of it really. Admission price is reasonable as you can pay for an annual pass and it's the same as one time admission but it's hard to appreciate where that money goes. Most of the spots marked on the map are outside the "castle" walls and the information is limited enough. The art gallery and museum inside are nice, well laid out and have some interesting exhibits from time to time but on the whole is a middle of the road attraction. Worth a visit but don't prioritise it if you're stuck for time.
  • Very good visit. Went there a few weeks ago. Took a few photos.
  • Beautifully built. Nothing fascinating inside the actual Castle. You get a beautiful view of Nottingham from the castle. There is a coffee shop inside. Two shops to purchase souvenirs.
  • New exhibitions available throughout the year and a free return ticket with your entry. Lovely art, good views and nice gardens to explore.
  • I visited during the Da Vinci exhibition and if you get the opportunity to, go visit it. His pieces of art are sublime. The price is very good too. £7 for an annual pass so if you're a Nottingham local, it's great to visit more than once, but I think it's quite steep if you're just visiting once.