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Brewhouse Yard

Step back in time and discover 300 years of Nottingham’s history. See what houses and shops looked like in the early 1900s and explore a variety of items (from toys to tools) spanning the years. The Museum of Nottingham Life is housed within five seventeenth century cottages. Learn more about the people of the time - what they made, used or owned - and the life narratives of individuals.

Caves

Beneath Nottingham Castle a labyrinth of man-made caves and tunnels tell the turbulent story of this historic site. Discover secret passageways, King David’s dungeon, the Duke of Newcastle’s Wine Cellar, or Mortimer’s Hole. With caves dating back to medieval times, the tour is strenuous with over 300 steep steps. However, for those who wish to immerse themselves in hundreds of years of history, the tour is a must.

Tours daily at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm and cost £5 /person with Under 5s FREE. NOTE: Tour admission prices are in addition to the normal admission fee to Nottingham Castle. 

The Museum of the Mercian Regiment

The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) tells the proud history of the soldiers of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (1741 to now).

Learn about the the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters (WFR Collection), two companies part of the proud history of The Mercian Regiment. A serving division, it formed in 2007 and is one of the most highly decorated units in the British Army today. 

For more information, visit www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk

Robin Hood

There are countless tales of Robin Hood and the Castle which was used as a court by the Sheriff of Nottingham. If captured, it is here the outlaw prisoner dwelt in the dungeons, or towers. The tales often culminating with a daring escape back to the safety of Sherwood Forest.

One of the earliest known references to Robyn Hode appears in the work A Gest of Robyn Hode dating to 1450AD. A heroic outlaw in English folklore,  skilled archer and swordsman, and famous for 'robbing from the rich and giving to the poor', he was aided by his 'Merry Men'. 

Robin Hood and his band of outlaws are usually depicted living in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, where much of the action in the earliest ballads takes place. So does the first recorded Robin Hood rhyme, four lines from the early fifteenth century, begin 'Robyn hode in scherewode stod'