Museums in Nottingham
Whether you want to learn more about the legendary outlaw
Robin Hood or want to see what life was like in Victorian
Nottingham, pay a visit to one of the city’s museums
and be amazed.
For starters there’s the renowned Nottingham
Castle Museum and Art Gallery [map],
which opened in 1875 and depicts the city’s history
through a selection of permanent collections. Among the
displays are some of Nottingham’s medieval alabaster
carvings for which the town became famous.
There's also is the Brewhouse Yard Museum [map] on Castle
Boulevard, which is housed in five 17th century
cottages just below the castle. This museum recreates
life in Nottingham over the past 300 years, with reconstructions
of traditional shops and homes among the many highlights
For those of you who don’t know, Nottingham stands
on an array of caves made in the Sherwood sandstone
underneath the streets. If you fancy heading down that
way then get along to the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre where
you’ll find the City of Caves exhibition [map].
Inside the caves is an air-raid shelter along with
a medieval underground tannery, several pub cellars
and even a mocked-up Victorian slum dwelling. But the
real treat is that actors have been brought in to breath
life into the history of these unique 700-year-old
Situated in the impressive Shire Hall building is the Galleries of Justice [map],
where you can travel through hundreds of years of crime,
punishment and law. Among the delights here are insights
into the medieval water and hot iron ordeals as well as
some 21st century crime detection systems. A group of
jailers and prisoners take you on this highly interactive
journey. But beware, you could find yourself sentenced
to death in a Victorian courtroom.
Located on the Wollaton Park estate, the Wollaton Hall
Industrial Museum [map] displays the city’s industrial heritage such as
lace making equipment, a huge 1858 beam engine and a locally
invented 1963 video recorder. The estate is also home
to the spectacular Tudor hall, which is also the setting
for the city’s Natural History Museum, with
some fine specimens on show.
Fans of the world’s most famous outlaw will not
want to leave Nottingham without visiting the Tales
of Robin Hood attraction [map] on Maid Marian Way. This waxwork museum, which
has a fairground style ride in it, takes you through models
of Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest in the days of
Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Once the tour is over you
can find out more about the reality behind the legend
and pick up a few Robin Hood souvenirs.
Other museums worth checking out during your stay include
the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre [map] in Ruddington, a steam railway and bus museum, and the William
Booth Birthplace Museum [map] in Sneinton, which
is dedicated to the life of the founder of the Salvation
Please note that the highly acclaimed Museum of Costume
& Textiles [map] at Castle Gate is no longer
open to the general public, but is available for individual
events, researchers and school groups.
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