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Family itinerary

Coming as a family? We’ve got loads to keep you and your little ones entertained!

Test your skills with a digital bow and arrow and quarterstaff, along with other interactive games in our Robin Hood Adventures. Talk to our explainers to hear the stories of the characters behind Nottingham Castle before discovering the Castle’s secrets on one of our Cave Tours.

Read on for the perfect day out

At a glance

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Daily activities aimed at families

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Approximately 3 – 4 hours

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Outdoor adventure play to burn off extra energy!

Jump aboard our new Land Train (available 2022)

Arrive via our new Land Train, a fun ride that will ensure you arrive at the Castle in style. Aboard, you’ll travel up Castle Road past the infamous statue of Robin Hood and through the Castle’s gates, up to the Ducal Palace entrance.

The Land Train leaves Brewhouse Yard every 20 minutes (from 2022).

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Head on outside

Head to Hood’s Hideout, our medieval themed adventure playground in the dry moat, to burn off some steam. Or, try our outdoor family trails and explore the Castle’s amazing grounds!

There’s Hero in the Green Hat – a race to find the missing words in Robin’s ballad – and Up Close with Nature, where you’ll discover the natural world beneath your feet!

Trails are available to buy from the Visitor Centre.

A bite to eat?

After all the excitement, why not recharge in the café with some of our great food and drink options for adults and kids. Serving coffee (perfect for mums and dads), cakes, light lunches and sandwiches, there’s sure to be something to please the fussiest of family members.

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Head to our immersive Robin Hood Adventures

Dive into the legend and watch some of Robin Hood’s most thrilling adventures on our digital storytelling screens, join the merrie band and engage in a game of virtual archery in our coach-arch gaming spaces, or take part in an adventure on our innovative interactive gaming tables.

This is the family experience not to be missed. Pre-booking is strongly advised. You must also have a general admission ticket to visit Robin Hood Adventures.

Discover Robin Hood

Discover our Rebel City

Head to the Rebellion Gallery to learn about the turbulent history of Nottingham and the castle. From Charles I and his Civil War to the torching of the Castle by parliamentary reformers, explore how Nottingham is an important place for the society and democracy we enjoy in Britain today.

Explore Rebellion

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Daily activities and events

From object handling to craft activities, there is always something happening at Nottingham Castle to suit every interest.

Check out our What’s On to see what activities are going on for the whole family to get involved with.

See What’s On

Finish your day with a treat!

End your day with an ice cream in the Coffee Shop at the Visitor
Centre, and spend your pocket money in the Castle Shop!

Food and drink    Castle Shop

Start your journey as
part of a legend