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Welcome to Nottingham Castle - a magnificent 17th century Ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, with spectacular views across the city. 

A vibrant museum and art gallery housing collections of silver, glass, armour and paintings, plus fifteen centuries of Nottingham history. The galleries also bring the best regional, national and international artist's work to the city.
Nottingham Castle is 10 minutes walk from Nottingham City centre, with easy access from train and bus stations. Parking is close by in one of many public carparks.

The Castle is a great place for children, with interactive displays,and an activity - led gallery bringing paintings to life, specifically for the under 5s plus a medieval - style playground in the grounds with covered picnic area.


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9th to 12th Oct 2013: Robin Hood Beer Festival

9th to 12th October 2013

The dates of the festival have been confirmed as:

Wednesday, 9th October 2013 - Evening only


Thursday, 10th to Saturday, 12th October 2013
Unprecedented run on beer festival tickets

But you can still get in!

Advance tickets for the Friday and Saturday of the festival sold out mid – September, a couple of weeks earlier than last year. But there are still plenty of tickets available for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions. 

We will be allowing customers to pay on the gate on Friday and Saturday, with significantly more spaces made available than last year. But we are subject to overall limits and these can be affected by a number of factors such as the weather (we are allowed fewer people on site when it is wet) and other events taking place in the castle itself.

On the Saturday we fill up fairly quickly as the afternoon is our busiest session, so if you decide to try to gain admission on the gate then we suggest making an early start, bars open at 11am. But we cannot, of course, guarantee that everyone will get in, and once we reach capacity we will have no choice but to work on a one in – one out basis, which unfortunately can mean lengthy queues and long waits.

The best bet for cash admissions on a Saturday is usually Saturday evening as customers from the busy afternoon session drift off home. There is a special discounted cash price after 7pm and despite rumours to the contrary we have never run out of beer on a Saturday evening, and have not run out of cider or perry for the past three years. There is also some great entertainment on the bandstand on Saturday evening as well!

On Fridays it is the evening when we fill up and so cash admissions are usually possible during the lunchtime and early afternoon. But please remember we are talking cash admission here, there are no tickets as such, so once you have entered it is not possible to get a pass out and return later.

The most relaxed session at the Festival will be Wednesday evening, when we are fully open this year, all bars, all catering and entertainment on the bandstand. There is also a discounted admission price and payment on the gate will not be a problem.

Thursday is the favourite day for many people, it is still fairly relaxed and we don’t anticipate any difficulties in gaining admission on the gate, but we can’t guarantee it and so an advance ticket is still a sensible precaution.

Whichever way you use to get in, one thing is for sure – it will be worth the effort!
The Opening Hours are confirmed as:

Wednesday, 9th October 2013 - 6.00pm - 11.00pm (18-23.00hrs)

Thursday, 10th October 2013 - 11.00am - 11.00pm (11-23.00hrs)

Friday, 11th October 2013 - 11.00am - 11.00pm (11-23.00hrs)

Saturday, 12th October 2013 - 11.00am - 11.00pm (11-23.00hrs)

Advance Ticket Information  for the Nottingham Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival

Tickets and pricing:

Tickets can be purchased from 31st May 2013 for the festival; see below for details of prices and how to purchase tickets.

The Festival will not be all-ticket and it will be possible to pay cash at the admission booths should you prefer. However, you are strongly advised to purchase advance tickets if you are intending to attend at the more popular times, such as Friday evening and/or Saturday afternoon, when we have had to restrict entry to 'ticket-holders only' in previous years. A ticket will guarantee admission, so it really is the most sensible option however please be aware that you may be subject to some queuing time.


Tickets are again being sold as a package, which includes a commemorative glass (refundable at £2.50) and 14 mini-beer tokens (refundable at 50p each) – two mini-tokens will buy you a third of most beers and ciders and three will buy a half pint. CAMRA members are given a further five mini-tokens on production of a current membership card. You can bring your own Govt. stamped glass if you wish – but if you want to drink thirds it must have a third of a pint line on it as we will have no measures available. Customers can opt to take an extra 5 mini-tokens in lieu of a commemorative tankard if they wish.

The package price for all day, any time, admission on  Friday and Saturday is £15.

On the Thursday this price is discounted to a bargain £12.50!

‘EarlyBird’ tickets are available on Friday and Saturday for those who wish to enter the festival before 1pm. This is for special advance ticket holders only, not for customers paying on the gate. The discounted price for EarlyBird tickets is £12.50. Customers with an EarlyBird ticket will not be admitted after 1:00pm, the tickets are not refundable and there are no pass-outs or readmissions.

The bargain entry price for Wednesday evenings will be £10 including a commemorative glass and ten mini-tokens. Saturday Night Deal: We will be offering a special discounted deal for customers who pay on the gate after 7:00pm on Saturday.

For just £10 you will get admission, a commemorative glass and ten mini-tokens. This is cash only, no advance tickets will be available for this rate and it is dependent upon space being available inside the festival. Traditionally Saturday evening is a quieter period than the afternoon, yet it offers a full entertainment package and there are still plenty of beers available (we have never sold out yet despite rumours to the contrary)


Tickets are now available to purchase online by clicking here. This service is operated on our behalf by See Tickets of Nottingham and there will be a charge for using this service which comprises an ** 8% booking fee per ticket (to cover card charges etc.) and a £1.95 transaction charge per booking (to cover postage charges and other admin costs). Please note the tickets will be posted out to you nearer the date of the festival.

Tickets are also now on sale over the counter at the Nottingham Tourism Centre in the Market Square and there is no charge for using the service.

Please note that the telephone number provided for telephone bookings will be charged at a premium rate.

TO BOOK YOUR TICKET BY TELEPHONE, PLEASE CALL 0844 871 8819. Please note calls cost 10p per minute from a standard BT land line, mobiles and other networks may vary, and there will also be additional ** booking and transaction charges (as outlined above).

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