A couple of weeks ago I saw a tweet by Nottingham City Council saying entrance to Nottingham Castle was free on a particular day, so I popped down to take a look. It’s been a while since I’ve visited the castle and was keen to see how it looks now.
Through the archway, there is quite a nice garden leading to the castle itself. There is also a patch of grass the size of a football pitch where events can be held (the castle holds events on a regular basis).
First of all we have to deal with the castle’s appearance. Yes, I know it doesn’t look like a proper castle. There are no turrets, drawbridges or fire-breathing dragons. I have been to Neuschwanstein in Germany (where Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang was filmed and used as the basis for the Disney castle), so I know what a castle should look like. Nottingham Castle does look like a stately home. However, it is a nice building, and given it’s location, looks impressive too.
It was interesting looking around the castle itself. There are plenty of exhibits regarding life in Nottingham, with the obligatory section on Robin Hood (aimed for children so I didn’t stay long), as well as lace and other items made in the area. Disappointingly though, the Story of Nottingham area was closed for refurbishment. This would have been the section I’d have found most interesting. I did find a picture of William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, as well as tributes outside to soldiers who had received the Victoria Cross.
As it was a sunny day, I finished my trip by taking a few photos of the Old Market Square. With blue skies and the fountains in operation, it does look quite attractive and is a nice place to meander.