This week, we celebrated the handover of the Castle to Nottingham Castle Trust in a stunning light display.

The landmark event marks the completion of a challenging and technically complex construction phase of the £31m transformation project, first set up by a project team at Nottingham City Council in 2012 and funded with the support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and D2N2.

The renovation of the historic site has provided a new vision for the Castle as a site of national importance and brings to life 1,000 years of Nottingham’s heritage and our city’s rebellious history.

As we prepare to open our doors on Monday June 21, the transformation of the Castle into a world-class heritage attraction will bring major benefits to Nottingham and its people, including the recruitment of 500 volunteers and an expected extra 420 jobs a year for the city’s tourism and leisure sectors. This is not including the estimated value of £200m visitors will spend in Nottingham over the next ten years, and the positive boosts this will bring to the local economy.

Nottingham City Council Leader, Cllr David Mellen said:

“It’s an incredible achievement for the council to have taken what was a well-loved but underwhelming heritage site and turn it into something that’s truly world class.”

Handover of the Castle key with Robin Hood

“This achievement is absolutely central to and symbolic of our vision for Nottingham’s future – a city where there are jobs and opportunities for local people as well as somewhere that an increasing number of people will want to come and visit, boosting our standing and our economy.”



Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Nottingham Castle Trust, Ted Cantle said:

“The Castle Trust has worked alongside the City Council for more than ten years to create an entirely new Castle experience that will attract people from the local community and around the world.”

Handover of the key between Cllr Mellen and Nottingham Castle Trust Trustee chair Ted Cantle

“The Trust is a charity, run by local people for the benefit of the local community and we will continue to invest and upgrade over the years, to make that the Castle remains a top attraction in this country.

“The legendary Robin Hood story provides an inspirational start to the city’s rebellious history and shows how the events in this city shaped our nation’s democracy and ideas about citizenship.”

To see the Castle which captures the legend of Robin Hood, and the power of rebellion and pioneering art, book your tickets here.