Nottingham Castle will finally open its doors on June 21, after undergoing a £30 million redevelopment over the last three years.
Visitors can expect to see innovative technologies, a large adventure playground, an electric land train, a new visitor centre and vast advancements to the grounds, galleries and caves.
The 1,000-year-old castle was supposed to be ready for opening in 2020, but faced delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nottingham City Council leader Councillor David Mellen said: “It’s an incredible achievement for the council to have taken what was a well-loved but underwhelming heritage site and turn it into something that’s truly world class.
“I have no doubt that like me, Nottingham people will feel incredibly proud of this significant moment in Nottingham Castle’s long history.”
The major redevelopment has been funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, the D2N2 local enterprise partnership, Nottingham Castle Trust and Nottingham City Council.
It is hoped the reopening will boost Nottingham’s economy by attracting large numbers of tourists to the city and providing new jobs for locals.
Nottingham Castle is expected to raise the national and international visitor numbers from 222,000 to 400,000 in the first year of opening, which would play a huge role in the city’s recovery from the pandemic.
Although tickets can’t be booked yet, excitement is building as the project has also been named one of the top 10 new attractions to visit this year by the Guardian.
Are all our rebel followers ready? We’re delighted to confirm that we’ll be opening our gates on Monday 21 June 🎉
We’ll let you know how to book tickets soon – here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll be able to enjoy this summer 👍
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— Nottingham Castle (@NottmCastle) April 19, 2021
Charlie Pratley, from Nottingham, tweeted: “I cannot wait to get on that play park! *Ahem* I mean, critically analyse the use of cutting edge technology in the repositioning of an ancient mythological figure to spark debate on contemporary issues.”
Nottingham Castle’s team has also made changes to be more environmentally friendly by promising to charge their electric land train through a green energy supplier, minimising plastic packaging in their shops and cafes, and ensuring staff clothing is made from sustainable sources.
More information will be released closer to the opening date. Those who want to be among the first to know more can sign up to the Nottingham Castle newsletter.