Kings and conquerors and a maze of original hidden caves
orget the Hollywood hype, with Russell Crowe flinging himself about on horseback, or Kevin Costner making mums go weak at the knees back in the Nineties.
‘Nottingham Castle’ is actually a 17th-century mansion, built on the site of the Medieval original, which unfortunately burnt down (and no, Robin wasn’t to blame).
Stroll over the bridge and through the gatehouse – which is the most Medieval-looking bit – and once inside the ‘new-build’ mansion you’ll find a fab collection of art, silver, glass, 15th century religious sculptures and lots more.
Meanwhile, the kids will love the interactive displays that bring paintings to life, and outside there’s a ‘Medieval’ playground, a picnic area, gorgeous gardens to run around in – and a jaw-dropping view out over south Nottinghamshire (look out for the floodlights of Trent Bridge cricket ground).
One thing we reckon you should definitely do is take a tour of the caves underneath. A lot of people believe that this is where Robin was held when captured by the evil sheriff…