Nottingham Castle & Art Gallery

Nottingham Castle & Art Gallery information

adult/child £5.50/4, Mortimer's Hole tours £2.50/1.50
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sun Mar-Oct, to 4pm Nov-Feb, Mortimer's Hole tours 11am & 2pm Mon-Sat, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Nottingham's famous castle sits atop a sandstone outcrop worm-holed with caves and tunnels. The original castle was founded by William the Conqueror and held by a succession of English kings before falling in the English Civil War. Its 17th-century replacement now contains a diverting local-history museum and art gallery.

Burrowing through the bedrock beneath the castle, the underground passageway Mortimer's Hole emerges at Brewhouse Yard. In 1330 supporters of Edward III used the tunnel to breach the castle security and capture Roger Mortimer, the machiavellian Earl of March, who briefly appointed himself ruler of England after deposing Edward II.

Castle admission includes entry to the charming Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard , housed in five atmospheric 17th-century cottages.