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Experiences and tours

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Join us on a range of bookable tours, trails and experiences – including our fantastic new Robin Hood Adventures.

We strongly advise that you book tours and experiences in advance to avoid missing out.

These tours are a great way to get even more from a day out at Nottingham Castle.

For more information about access, including our caves, visit our accessibility page.

Quick links to our tours and experiences

Robin Hood Adventures (pre-booking essential)

Outdoor family trails

Castle Caves – underground adventure tour (pre-booking strongly advised

Quarter staff virtual reality game in Robin Hood Adventures

Relive Robin’s rebel adventures

Robin Hood Adventures

Experience the fun and folklore of medieval Nottingham, and understand how social justice was as important then as it is now. Wander through the Castle Tunnel and head for the Robin Hood Adventures gallery, where you can immerse yourself in the legend with our digital “in the round” storytelling screens.

Test out your skills in our interactive gaming spaces and fire digital longbows as you outwit the tyrannical Sheriff in a Golden Arrow archery competition. Or wield a quarterstaff to spar with Little John in the depths of Sherwood Forest.

Plus, see what life was like in medieval times on our innovative interactive gaming tables and discover whether you can survive the dangers of 14th century Nottingham.

From 29 November 2021 – 28 February 2022, access to Robin Hood Adventures will be included in your general admission ticket to Nottingham Castle. Please note, due to limited space in the gallery, you must book onto a time slot before your visit. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

girl enjoying a trail

Trails for little outlaws

Outdoor family trails

Explore Nottingham Castle’s grounds by following our fun outdoor family trails.

There’s our I’m Hood trail, where you will find the missing words for Robin Hood’s ballad. You can get creative to complete it with your own wicked rhymes. Go barmy for origami and create Robin hats, before heading up to our storyteller’s circle to spread the word of your adventures far and wide. Plus soon you’ll be able to get Up Close with Nature and discover the fascinating natural world that lies beneath your feet on an eye-opening environmental trail. Investigate the Castle’s creepy crawlies and discover fantastic foliage, on this fun outdoor discovery trail.

We also run seasonal and special event trails like our annual Easter egg hunt and Halloween Spooktacular.

Trails are available to buy from the Visitor’s Centre.

Cave interior

Castle Caves

Underground Adventure Tour

Descend into the remarkable caves that snake through Castle Rock on a 25-minute tour exploring the foundations of the medieval Castle. From 17 – 31 January, we will be running a reduced tour timetable, with tours leaving at 11:00, 12:20, 13:30 and 14:50. However, please note we will be operating different tour times on the 23, 25, 26 and 30 of January due to school visits. Please check tour times carefully when booking and remember that pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Hear tales of Nottingham and its historic Castle in the atmospheric underground caves where the stories actually took place.

  • The tour has a capacity of 15 people.
  • The tour is suitable for families and young children.
  • It covers a distance of approximately 120 steps of varying steepness and regularities with a handrail. Some of the ground underfoot is uneven.
  • There will be dim lighting.
  • A cave tour can be booked as part of your day at Nottingham Castle. Please note you must also have a Castle general admission ticket to access the caves.

IMPORTANT UPDATE – From 17 January 2022, Cave Tours will reopen. However, please note we will be running a reduced timetable and limiting tour capacities to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers. We will continue to monitor the impact of Covid-19 closely, so check our website regularly for updates.

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