Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

The Judges II, 2013, Christina Mackie, install shot in the Long Gallery
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A vibrant museum and art gallery housing collections of contemporary, fine and decorative arts, plus an expansive temporary exhibitions programme and fifteen centuries of Nottingham history. All housed in a magnificent 17th century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle with spectacular views of the city.

Home to WFR Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum - an informative museum charting the history of a local regiment, who are now part of the Mercian Regiment.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

High Season February Half Term – October Half Term : Opening Times Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Low Season End of October Half Term – February Half Term : Opening Times Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

* Excludes Bank Holidays

Last paid admittance into the Castle grounds is one hour before closing time, and last entrance to the shops, café and museums is 30 minutes before closing time.

The Castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in these winter months.

Admission charges

Adults - £5.50
Concessions (under 16s, over 60s and UK students) - £4
Under 5s - FREE
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £15
Groups - 1 free ticket for every 10 purchased
City residents with a valid Citycard can gain entry on weekdays for just £1 (excluding Bank Holidays). These £1 tickets are valid on the day of purchase only
Carers accompanying disabled visitors will remain free of charge


  • National Art Pass
  • Museums Association
  • British Association of Friends of Museums

Additional info

We run a public programme to coincide with each of our temporary exhibition, talks are free to attend and workshop and seminars can be booked via Eventbrite, links to be found on our exhibitions page -

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Fishing for Souls (After Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne, 1614), Gordon Cheung, 2015. 6 min loop with 3 hour soundtrack loop

Gordon Cheung: Here Be Dragons

  • 30 April — 17 July 2016 *on now

Gordon Cheung : Here Be Dragons
Private View & Launch: Friday 29 April 2016

Gordon Cheung is a contemporary artist whose work captures the mood of the global collapse of civilization – or a dystopian, prophetic vision of it – where moral, economic and environmental crises have spun out of control. Spiritual undertones are balanced alongside familiar contemporary images including sources from popular media, cyberspace, nature, and more recently, from historical painting. This solo exhibition, generously supported by Edel Assanti, London, will feature new large-scale paintings, animations and digital works made especially for Nottingham Castle and shown here for the first time.

Here be Dragons is a reference to cartographical ‘Unknown Lands’, meaning dangerous or unexplored territories. For Cheung, it frames the geopolitical situation in the South China Sea where new territorial lines are being contested and redrawn. It is also a phrase that is also used by computer programmers to caution a region of code that is complex, informing the ‘glitch’ (New Order) digital works that are based on 17th century Dutch painting and traditional Chinese Ink painting, including works drawn from the Castle’s own collection.

The exhibition explores the birth of the first multinational company and Modern Capitalism in the Dutch Golden Age as it stretches through history intersecting trade routes, culture and colonisation to the rise of China with Authoritarian Capitalism.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult (£2 with a valid city resident Citycard – weekdays only *)£6.00
Concession Under 16’s, Over 65’s & UK Students £5.00
Family Ticket 2 Adults & up to 3 Children £18.00

For full details of free entry days and members concessions rate please visit our website.


Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
off Friar Lane




Main Castle Phone and Booking Line

0115 8761400

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