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Kids Go Free* at Nottingham Castle with Lots for Tots!

Welcome to the Kids Go FREE page for Nottingham Castle!

* Offer valid from July 24 - 1 September 2013. Kids go free (under 16 years) with a full paying adult. Max. 3 kids per redemption. Voucher must be handed in at time of ticket purchase. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Nottingham Castle is a magnificent 17th century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle. The Castle has a turbulent past, linked to kings and conquerors and still has a maze of original caves hidden beneath its imposing walls.

The Castle is a great destination for a great family day out. We hope you find the following information useful as you plan your trip to visit us.


Off Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6EL

Parking Details:


0115 8761400


Opening Times:

Open Monday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Golden Prospects gallery image Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowEnjoy our Exhibitions including our Special Family Displays:

The museum features interactive displays and 'Golden Prospects' in the Family Gallery. 'Golden Prospects' invites our younger visitors (particularly children aged 3-8 years old and their grown ups) to enjoy paintings and objects depicting journeys and exploration across the Big Wide World. Specially chosen items from museum collections are joined by cloaks, clouds, maps, compasses and even a boat with a shimmering golden sail, to ignite the imagination of all children.

Nottingham Castle Caves Take a tour of the Nottingham Castle Caves:

Beneath Nottingham Castle a labyrinth of manmade caves and tunnels continue to tell the turbulent story of this historic site. Enjoy a memorable tour and gruesome tales that bring the past to life as you discover the secret passageways, King David the II of Scotland's legendary dungeon, the Duke of Newcastle's Wine Cellar and Mortimer's Hole.

With some of the caves dating back to medieval times, the tour is strenuous with over 300 steep steps - great to tire older children out! However, for those who wish to descend through hundreds of years the tour is a must.

Tour times:

Monday - Sunday: 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Subject to availability

Admission prices:

£3 - under 5s FREE

Nottingham Castle Playground Castle Grounds & Children's Playground:

The Castle is situated in six acres of beautiful Victorian inspired gardens.  The serene seating area surrounding the Castle bandstand is the ideal spot for quiet relaxation or to read a book. Located on the Castle green the medieval style playground and covered picnic area provides the perfect setting for a family adventure.

Oh and don't forget to shop and eat - get a souvenir of your wonderful day at the castle!

Kids Go FREE at the Castle Events Summary

Riots And Rebellions

29 JUL - 3 AUG

Romans Week

5-9 AUG

Art & Craft Week

12-16 AUG

Fun With Robin Hood Week

19-25 AUG

The Castle Family Backpacks

27 JUL, 3, 10. 17, 24, 31 AUG

Wildlife in the City Week

26 AUG - 1 SEPT

Wind in the Willows Outdoor Theatre

25 AUG & 26 AUG

Riots And Rebellions Week 29 Jul - 3 Aug
Riots And Rebellions 30 JUL & 3 AUG 12PM & 2.30PM £5PP

Meet a Civil War Parliamentarian and join his cave tour. Certificates for all and opportunities for photos. Booking essential 0115 876 1400.

It's A Riot! 29 JUL, 1 & 2 AUG 12PM or 2.30PM £5PP

Discover the dramatic events that happened at the site in 1831. Guaranteed to be a riot! Certificates for all and opportunities for photos. Booking essential 0115 876 1400

Meet The Romans 3 AUG 11AM-3.30PM

Meet members of the Roman Military Research Society, a costumed re-enactment group and find out about the civilian, military and religious life in Roman Britain.

Romans Week: 5-9 AUG 10AM-4PM:

See the Exhibition - The Treasures of Nemi and be inspired to do some colouring. For 3+ years.

roman Romans - Meet A Roman Citizen: 6 AUG 10.30AM-12.30PM & 1PM-2.30PM

Handle real and replica Roman artefacts to discover more about everyday Roman life here in Britain. Try on a Roman helmet and feel the weight of a short sword or gladius. Led by archaeologist Peter Hammond, who is pleased to see anything you have dug up from Roman times.

Romans - Story Sessions 7 AUG 11AM, 12NOON, 1PM & 2PM

Join Nicky Rafferty and explore the Treasures of Nemi Exhibition to create stories.

Romans - Access Artefacts 8 AUG 11AM-1PM

Discover how the Romans lived through the artefacts they left behind.

coloring Art & Craft - 12-16 AUG 10AM-4PM

Drop in and use your artistic talents and do some colouring.

Art & Craft - Festival Of Diana 13 AUG 10AM-1PM

To honour the Festival of Diana make your own Toga and an item of Roman inspired jewellery, then explore the Exhibition - Treasures of Nemi. For 4 - 8 years.

Art & Craft - Mask Making 15 AUG 1.30-3.30PM

Mask making with a Roman Theatre theme. For 4 - 8 years.

Fun With Robin Hood Week - 19-25 AUG

A full week of fun activities for you and the children. For full details call 0115 915 3700.

Robin Hood Tours - 19 & 21 AUG 12PM & 2.30PM £5PP

Join a special tour led by Robin Hood. Certificates for all and photo opportunities. Booking essential 0115 915 3700

Relive The Legend! 24 AUG

FREE admission for all children wearing a Robin Hood hat! Come and have fun in the Hood in the Wood Gallery, suitable for all ages. Have a go at archery in the grounds and win a prize! Small charge applies. For 4+ years.

Wildlife in the City Week 26 AUG - 1 SEPT 10AM-5PM

A week of wildlife related activities for all the family. Come and meet Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the Royal Society for protection of Birds and Stonebridge City Farm.

rh_tour The Castle Family Backpacks
On Saturdays - 27 JUL, 3, 10. 17, 24, 31 AUG

A fun trail with activities for all the family. For 3 - 10 years.

Outdoor Theatre Wind in The Willows - Family Show
SUN 25 AUG & MON 26 AUG, 7PM

Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure in this magical family show.

Book Outdoor Theatre family performance tickets here

There's also Treasure Island at Wollaton Hall on 1 & 2 August at Wollaton Hall and Babe the Sheep Pig at Newstead Abbey on 8 & 9 August.

Nottingham Castle Cafe After your fun family times it's time to shop and eat!

Cafe at the Castle - with its panoramic views of the city, the Café at the Castle offers the perfect way for you and the kids to relax and revive. Open daily, the Café 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.

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