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The Ducal Palace, Nottingham Castle

The Grounds

As the City’s green lungs, there’s plenty to explore in our grounds

Let little ones burn off energy in ‘Hood’s Hideout’, enjoy a stroll around the lower bailey, try one of our family learning trails, or sip a delicious coffee outside one of our cafés.

Girl on rope bridge at Hood's Hideout

Hood’s Hideout Adventure Play

Set within the dry moat of the Castle, Nottingham’s newest outdoor adventure playground  promises hours of fun and discovery for children all year round.

Journey up ‘The King’s Road’ toward the Castle from the secret encampment, wary of those in tree walkways above. Will you storm the Castle or repel the outlaws with the Sheriff of Nottingham? Children love to swing, slide, climb and jump through history on amazing creative timber play structures.

Girl enjoying a tree trail

Activities and events

In the grounds you’ll find new Explore panels – enjoy the medieval history of Nottingham Castle, retold just for you. Families can also enjoy our Hero in the Green Hat, Up Close with Nature and seasonal trails from the Visitor Centre.

The grounds will also host events – be it Slashing and Bashing with the Plantagenets or the Raising of Charles’ Civil War Standard; History will come to life in the Castle’s outdoor spaces. There’ll be food and cultural events, outdoor theatre, film screenings, and gigs celebrating Nottingham’s vibrant music scene.

What else is there to see at Nottingham Castle?

There is plenty to enjoy on a visit to Nottingham Castle! From the Legend of Robin Hood to learning about Nottingham’s history of makers. Explore our other highlights.

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