Nottingham Castle & Art Gallery

Nottingham Castle & Art Gallery information

adult/child £5.50/4, Mortimer's Hole tours £3/free
Opening hours
10am-5pm daily mid-Feb–Oct, 10am-4pm Wed-Sun Nov–mid-Feb, Mortimer's Hole tours 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
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Nottingham's namesake castle crowns 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 manor-house-like replacement contains a local-history museum and an art gallery.

Burrowing through the bedrock, the underground passageway Mortimer's Hole emerges at Brewhouse Yard, where you can visit five atmospheric 17th-century cottages housing the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard .

In 1330 supporters of Edward III used Mortimer's Hole 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.