Ducal Mansion (Nottingham Castle)
Towering over the city centre of Nottingham is a magnificent 17th-century mansion, built on a sandstone outcrop on the site of the original medieval castle erected by William the Conqueror in 1067. The castle building now houses the city's finest art collection, and a small museum charting the history of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment. The art galleries include interactive displays and the artworks are presented in a vibrant, interesting way. The well-kept grounds of the castle are used for a full calendar of events, from historic pageants to an outdoor theatre season. There is also a medieval-style children's playground and picnic area.
Address: Friar Lane, off Maid Marian Way
Telephone: 0115 915 3700
Opening times: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm (March to October); and Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm (November to February). Note that the last admission is always half an hour before the closing time.
Admission: £5.50 (adults), £4 (children). Tickets also valid for the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard