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Information on opening times, admissions charges, cave tour information, directions, disabled access, the shop, cafe and group visits.

Nottingham Castle

Opening Times

High Season - 14 February 2015 to 2 November 2015

Open Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm

Last paid admittance into the Castle grounds is one hour before closing time, and last entrance to the shops, café and museums is 1 hour before closing time.

The Castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in these winter months.

Low Season - Monday 2 November 2015 to Friday 12 February 2016

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Admission Charges

  • Adults - £6.00
  • Concessions (under 16s, over 65s and UK students) - £5
  • Under 5s - Free
  • Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £18
  • Groups - 1 free ticket for every 10 purchased
  • City residents with a valid Citycard can gain entry for just £2 on weekdays,excluding Bank Holidays (these £2 tickets are valid on the day of purchase only)
  • Carers accompanying disabled visitors will remain free of charge

This includes entry into the Nottingham Castle Museum, Art Gallery and grounds.

For group information or bookings please contact Nottingham Castle on 0115 876 1400 or email:

The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard is open for general admission every weekend and Bank Holiday 12pm to 4pm. A joint admission ticket for Nottingham Castle and The Museum of Nottingham Life is available at weekends, this covers both museums for the admission prices above.  For further information visit The Museum of Nottingham Life page.

Season Tickets

Are you a regular visitor to Nottingham Castle? 
If so you could save money with one of our great value weekday season tickets.  

These tickets are valid weekdays (excluding Bank Holidays), and provide full access to all the Castle's galleries, exhibitions and grounds for a single fee. Season tickets are available from time of purchase until 31 March. 

Nottingham city residents (weekday season ticket, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays)
Adult Single £10
Family £15 (2 Adults and up to 3 Children)

Non-city residents (weekday season ticket, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays)
Adult Single £15
Family £20 (2 Adults and 3 Children)

Prices may be subject to change. 

Cave Tour Times and Prices

Take a tour to experience the caves for yourself, learning on the way the gruesome tales of Roger Mortimer, King David II of Scotland or you may be able to take a tour with Robin Hood himself...

With some of the caves dating back to medieval times, the tour is strenuous with LOTS of steep steps. However, for those who wish to descend through hundreds of years the tour is a must.

15th February to 2nd November 
Monday to Sunday: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm 

3rd November to 14th February

Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm 

Please call 0115 876 1400  for confirmation of the latest tour times and dates prior to your visit to avoid disappointment.

£5.00 per person, under 5s free

Special Tours £5pp, under 5s free - please see the What's On guide for details of our special tours

Tour admission prices are in addition to the normal admission fee to Nottingham Castle.

Please note: places on our cave tours are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability and weather conditions. No advance bookings are taken. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before the tour is due to leave.

Video Alternative

Due to the amount of steps involved, caves tours are strenuous and not recommended for all, and unfortunately they are not accessible for wheelchair users. For those unable to take the tour, a short film revealing the magic and history of the caves can be viewed at the Castle. Please call us in advance if you'd like to arrange a special accompanied viewing with one of our friendly and informative guides - 0115 876 1400.

How To Get Here

By car: Follow signs from M1 for Nottingham city centre, then follow brown tourist signs.  The postcode for the Castle for your sat nav is NG1 6EL (but please remember there is no parking on site except for disabled visitors).

Parking: Parking on site for visitors with disabilities only, this must be booked in advance as spaces are limited. Public car parks are nearby, for details of City Council car parks click here.. Nottingham City Council operates the Nottingham Castle pay-and-display car park on Canal Street (NG1 7EH) with all-day parking available for £5. No height restriction applies, so it is suitable for minibuses. The Broadmarsh multi-storey car park on Collin Street (NG1 7EQ) is also within five minutes of Nottingham Castle.

On foot: 10 to 15 minute walk from Nottingham city centre or train station.

Public transport: Call the Travel Centre on 0115 950 6070 or plan your journey online

Tourist information: 0844 477 5678


Information for Disabled Visitors

  • Parking available on site for Blue Badge holders  - these parking spaces are subject to availability.  Please call us in advance to book a space on 0115 876 1400
  • Disabled toilets on site
  • Wheelchair and electric scooter also available (prior notice required) we only have one of each
  • Ramped areas marked and lifts to all floors available
  • While we do have a no dog policy at Nottingham Castle assistance dogs are always welcome to the site

Nottingham Castle Cafe Shop and Eat

Cafe at the Castle - with its panoramic views of the city, the Café at the Castle offers the perfect way to relax and revive. Open daily (see opening times above), it serves a range of refreshments including home made soups, sandwiches and a range of hot and cold seasonal specials. Vegetarian options are always available. The Café is on the ground floor, with access to the East terrace with amazing views of the city.

Shop -the museum shop has an array of contemporary crafts, fine art books, postcards, posters, cards, small gifts and souvenirs to remember your visit to the Castle.

Castle Grounds

The Castle is situated in six acres of beautiful Victorian inspired gardens.  The serene seating area surrounding the CastleNottingham Castle Playground bandstand is the ideal spot for quiet relaxation or to read a book.

Children's Playground

Located on the Castle green the medieval style playground and covered picnic area provides the perfect setting for a family adventure.

Visit the Experience Nottinghamshire website for information on family days out and weekend breaks in Nottingham.

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