News. Place Projects - 21 June 2021

Nottingham Castle opens following £30m transformation

Nottingham Castle has opened following £30 million redevelopment which has transformed the historical landmark into a world-class heritage site.

Visitors are now able to experience for themselves the Castle’s exciting new galleries, exhibitions and attractions, offering a captivating, interactive journey through Nottingham’s rich social history in a new family-friendly attraction.

Nottingham Castle’s opening marks the beginning of a new chapter in its epic story, providing an extraordinary day out for the people of Nottingham and visitors from all over the globe.

The three-year period of extensive redevelopment and conservation was supported by £7m from D2N2 LEP (£5million from the Local Growth Fund and £2million from Enterprise Zone business rates income). It also received backing from National Heritage Lottery Fund, Nottingham City Council and Arts Council England, plus fundraising by Nottingham Castle Trust.

The Castle has been designed to offer something for all ages with staff on hand to ensure guests get the most out of its many attractions.

A new visitor experience

The Castle’s Explainer team will lead activities and support visitors at Robin Hood Adventures, including the mixed-reality gaming arches and digital table-top games.

Staff will also be on hand to answer visitor questions and host curious conversations about Nottingham’s rebellious past in the Rebellion gallery. In the Temporary Exhibitions’ space, team members will lead regular hands-on art activities.

In Robin’s Retreat, the Castle’s outdoor learning area, a whole host of fun activities ranging from stone rubbing and other crafts to Story Quests, sharing the tales of Robin Hood sneaking into Nottingham Castle and rescuing his friends from the Sheriff’s clutches are a daily part of the castle experience.

In addition, Castle staff are leading regular cave tours of the Ducal Wine Cellars, Romylowe Cave and King David’s Dungeon.

The entire site will undergo extensive cleaning each day to ensure all visitors can fully engage with the activities while ensuring they stay covid safe.

Welcome to the public

Sara Blair-Manning, chief executive of Nottingham Castle Trust, said: “The opening day has finally arrived and our whole team is delighted that we can welcome visitors to the grounds and Ducal Palace. It’s been amazing to see the Castle buzzing with life.

“With the global pandemic delaying our plans, today has been a long time coming. Finally seeing our team of Explainers bringing the galleries and exhibitions alive, alongside guests interacting with our amazing digital displays and the story of Robin Hood and rebellion being shared, has been well worth the wait.”

To see the Castle and exhibitions, visitors must pre-book their tickets via the Nottingham Castle website. A ten per cent discount on tickets is available for city residents in NG1 to NG9 and NG11.

Nottingham Castle is a ‘We’re Good to Go’ and ‘Safe Travels’ attraction and will follow all government regulations that are in place at the time of opening in summer 2021. Pre-booked tickets via the Nottingham Castle website are essential. Nottingham Castle has been redeveloped with wheelchair access in mind. It includes a Changing Places room and welcomes guide dogs.

Nottingham Castle Trust is a not-for-profit charity responsible for the operation of Nottingham Castle. The three-year period of extensive redevelopment and conservation followed a major £30m investment from National Heritage Lottery Fund, Nottingham City Council, D2N2 and Arts Council England, plus fundraising by Nottingham Castle Trust.

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