Christmas at Nottingham Castle

Saturday 25th November 23 –

Monday 1st January 24

(excludes Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day – 25 / 26th December & 1st January)


Join us this festive season

  • Take a self-led walk with Christmas Through The Ages to discover 500 years of festive history
  • Meet Santa or his friends at the Robin’s Retreat of Nottingham Castle
  • Explore with our Nutcracker Indoor Trail
  • Late night shopping in the Nottingham Castle shop until 8pm on select dates
  • Festive Talk, ‘A History of Christmas’ with our Volunteer Lead, Sophie.
  • Make and take‘ activities in the vistor centre of the Castle on late night shopping days.
  • Get inspired with gifts & treats in our cafés, stalls & shop

Come and see us between Saturday 25th November 23 & Sunday 31st December 23 to enjoy festive fun for your family and friends!


Santa’s Grotto

Meet Santa or his friends at the Robin’s Retreat of Nottingham Castle.

Friday / Saturday / Sunday

Price : £5 per child. Under 1’s are free.

Standard site admission applies.




Christmas Through The Ages

A tour that allows visitors to step back in time and enjoy Christmas from the last 4 centuries. It will begin in the cave tour waiting area via the main Nottingham Castle entrance, then they will be escorted down Mort’s Hole, exiting at Brewhouse Yard where they will be invited through each room.

Friday / Saturday / Sunday in December

Price: £10 per person

Standard site admission applies.




The Nutcacker Indoor Trail

Explore the Castle site by finding The Nutcrackers.

Price: £2 trail sheet available at shops & cafés from 1st December

Standard site admission applies.


Festive Talk

A Talk at Nottingham Castle, called ‘Christmas Traditions’ with our Volunteer Lead, Sophie.

Wednesday 13th & 20th December

Talk start time: 6 pm

Talk length: 40 minutes – 1 hour

Price: £5 per person



Late night shopping will be available in the Visitor Centre on the evening for all your festive gifts.


Late Night Shopping

Late night shopping in the Nottingham Castle shop open until 8pm.

Open until 8pm on Wednesday 13th & 20th December.


Café & shop

Get inspired with gifts & treats in the café and shop.


Wintery Walks

December is a perfect time of year to enjoy the seasonal changes including the frost on the trees within the Nottingham Castle grounds.

Previous Christmas Activities


Christmas Market

In partnership with It’s in Nottingham, there were £1 admissions (per person) for the Christmas Market at Nottingham Castle

Date: Saturday 25th November & Sunday 26th November

Tickets were available from Friday 10th November.

For Christmas & New Years Opening Hours, please see:

Please plan your visit at, and see our accessibility page: Site admission and activity charges apply.

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