Following its £30million redevelopment, the first images of Nottingham Castle and the new home of Robin Hood have been released to celebrate that the historic Ducal Palace and grounds will reopen on Monday 21st June 2021.
The exclusive sneak peek, revealed by The Nottingham Castle Trust, hints at some of the amazing activities and sights that visitors will get to experience this summer – including welcoming Robin Hood back to the city centre for the first time in over a decade.
Sara Blair-Manning, Chief Executive of Nottingham Castle Trust, said: “Nottingham Castle has been transformed into a world-class heritage site; 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.”
The three-year period of extensive redevelopment and conservation followed a major £30m investment from National Heritage Lottery Fund, Nottingham City Council, D2N2 and Arts Council England, plus fundraising by the Nottingham Castle Trust.
Anne Jenkins, Director, England Midlands & East, National Lottery Heritage Fund: said: “Having stood, in part, for over 400 years, Nottingham Castle is a true symbol of resilience for the region. It is wonderful news that, thanks to players of the National Lottery, it will soon re-open as a beacon of pride and optimism as we move forward from the challenges of the past year. Its completion is testament to the significant investment and hard work from many people over many years. I am delighted that with its transformation almost complete it will open its gates to visitors from near and far as they explore and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of our region.”
Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Culture, Dave Trimble said: “I’m delighted that we can now look forward to re-opening the Castle gates this summer. It’s been a challenging few years since we began to transform the site and despite the Covid pandemic, we’ve managed to complete the work on budget and on time. While it’s been frustrating to have had to previously delay the reopening due to the Covid restrictions, we now have a firm date to plan ahead for.
“The transformation of Nottingham Castle will have a lasting impact on our City and its 1,000 years of history. It will bring new opportunities for jobs and volunteering, enhance tourism and boost the local economy as well as spearheading the wider regeneration of Nottingham City centre. As a world-class heritage attraction it will be something Nottingham people can be proud of.”