This is more a magnificent 17th century mansion than a castle and it has to be said that the Castle can be a disappointment to the many thousands of overseas visitors who arrive in expectation of seeing a castle in the image portrayed by Hollywood and the films of Robin Hood.
The original Norman Castle was unfortunately destroyed in 1651 at the end of the Civil War, by the victorious Parliamentarians, and a mansion was subsequently built on the site for the Duke of Newcastle. This is the building which now stands on the site.
The ‘castle’ now houses an large art gallery, an exhibition of Nottingham life, and is home to the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum.
A bronze statue of Robin Hood stands outside the Castle walls.
The Castle grounds provide a place for quiet reflection and the beautifully planted grounds are also an important part of Nottingham's entry into the annual Britain in Bloom competition.
Best visited from Rise Park by taking the tram to Market Square, followed by a short walk up Friar Lane and across Maid Marian Way.
Visitors from out of town can use any of the many City Centre car parks as there is no specific provision for parking at the Castle
Castle Rock & the caves
Underneath the Castle are many man made caves and tunnels, some of which date back to medieval times. Visitors can take a guided tour to see Mortimer’s Hole, King David’s dungeon and the old wine cellar.
The tour includes many steep steps, so may not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems.!
There are spectacular views from the Castle Rock
There is a general admission charge, but entry is Free on weekdays to City residents – proof is required at the gate in the form of City Card or Leisure Card
Opening days and times are not certain at time of writing as the Council are considering closing the castle on certain days as part of budget savings
The Trip to Jerusalem This famous Inn, which claims to be the Oldest Inn in England, nestles at the foot of Castle Rock and with some rooms and cellars carved from the sandstone of the rock its self
There is a café on the ground floor, with access to the East terrace with its panoramic views of the city
It is open daily offers a wide range of meals, snacks and refreshments. Toilet facilities are also available in the castle or the grounds