With its iconic buildings, beautiful parks and bustling shopping areas to explore, Nottingham is an excellent choice for a weekend break away. Home of the famous outlaw Robin Hood, the city has a rich history to uncover too, and a visit to its legendary castle is a must if you’re in the area.
Planning a trip to Nottingham? We have a choice of excellent hotels near Nottingham Castle. Here, we bring you the lowdown on the landmark, its Museum and Art Gallery, and other places to explore in Nottingham too!
Nottingham Castle is perhaps best known for its role in the legend of Robin Hood, providing a stronghold for Prince John and the legendary archer’s enemies. Whether the legends are true or not, we don’t know, but one thing we know for sure is of the castle’s place in history as a major fortress in medieval times and its significance in the English Civil War.
Though bloody sieges, wars, demolitions and rebuilds, the castle has changed over time, though much of it remains original – the castle today tells a fascinating story of the past. We recommend venturing down into passageways and tunnels on an award-winning cave tour to get the full experience!
The Castle Museum and Art Gallery
As well as a fascinating historical visit, Nottingham Castle is home to a Museum and Art Gallery, where you can find a varied collection of both Fine and Decorative art, as well as stunning paintings and classical sculptures.
With everything from costumes and textiles displays to beautiful jewellery, glass and silverware, you can find a mix of incredible collections here. There’s even a ceramics gallery, which features unmissable 20th-century Ballentyne ceramics. Don’t miss the stunning collection of artwork on display at the castle either, which boasts an impressive array of watercolours, prints and contemporary pieces.
Nottingham Castle, the Museum and Art Gallery are currently undergoing an exciting redevelopment, with many new features planned for its reopening, including an adventure playground for kids, new collections and exhibitions and a land train!
The City Centre
Because of their proximity to the railway station and centre of the city itself, hotels near Nottingham castle are in an excellent location for taking in all the area has to offer.
The city boasts two big shopping centres, independent boutiques and lots of trendy bars, pubs and restaurants, so there's plenty to explore in the city centre. Once you’ve visited the castle, there are plenty of other historical buildings around which make great days out for the whole family to enjoy – try Wollaton Hall or Newstead Abbey.
Looking for hotels near Nottingham Castle? Our Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel is ideally located right next to the castle and railway station, making it an ideal option for sightseeing and exploring the centre of the city.