Robin Hood returns to Nottingham Castle with family-friendly activities

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

After undergoing £30 million in redevelopments ($41.7 million), the historic Nottingham Castle in Nottingham, England — well-known to fans of Robin Hood — will re-open on June 21, 2021.

Robin Hood at Nottingham Castle
Photos courtesy of Nottingham Castle

Families visiting Nottingham Castle will get to experience 1,000 years of history as they step into the epic retelling of the Robin Hood story through new activities, including exploring Hood’s Hideout, a brand-new family-friendly outdoor adventure playground with tunnels, slides, and rope bridges. Hood’s Hideout, built into the former Castle moat, recreates the Sherwood Forest hideout where Robin Hood and his band of merry men eluded the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

Through the Castle Tunnel, visitors can experience “Robin Hood Adventures,” where they’ll learn about Nottingham’s legendary rebel through interactive displays like firing longbows in digital archery competitions and sparring with Little John in the depths of Sherwood Forest.

Interactive Robin Hood Adventures at Nottingham Castle

“Nottingham Castle has been transformed into a world-class heritage site following a £30 million redevelopment,” said Sara Blair-Manning, chief executive of Nottingham Castle Trust. “This is a highly-anticipated moment for fans of the Robin Hood legend, as well as for anyone planning to make the most of time with friends and family this summer.”

Nottingham Castle

Visitors can experience the following beginning on June 21, 2021 (per current government guidelines):

  • A brand new, state-of-the-art Visitor Centre, including the Coffee Shop and Castle Gift Shop
  • Hood’s Hideout — A brand new adventure playground built into the Castle moat, naturally constructed and suitable for children of all ages
  • New self-led trails of the Castle grounds
  • The newly refurbished bandstand
  • The Ducal Palace – Home to the Terrace Café, which has beautiful panoramic views of the city
  • Newly improved and more accessible cave tours
  • Nine gallery and exhibition spaces inside the Ducal Palace, including Robin Hood Adventures

“I’m delighted that we can now look forward to re-opening the Castle gates this summer,” said Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Culture, Dave Trimble. “The transformation of Nottingham Castle will have a lasting impact on our City and its 1,000 years of history.”

In line with government guidelines for social distancing, tickets must be booked in advance. Ticket prices will be revealed shortly and will be available here when the site launches.

Click here for more information about Nottingham Castle.


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1 comment

Louise Herrick April 22, 2021 - 7:26 am

Woohoo! Somewhere less than an hour from home for me to go whilst I’m waiting to go back to WDW. I love that you are now Attractions Magazine rather than Orlando Attractions Magazine. Keep up the good work.


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