Nottingham City Museums & Galleries (UK) provides the leadership for many historic sites in Nottingham.
This partnership will include the use of three sites: Nottingham Castle, Wollaton Hall and Newstead Abbey.
Nottingham Castle is at the heart of the Robin Hood legend and starting point for the English Civil War. Situated on a high rock, Nottingham Castle commands spectacular views over the city and once rivalled the great castles of Windsor and the Tower of London. In 1875 it was converted into the first municipal museum and art gallery outside London. The museum contains spectacular fine and decorative arts galleries, as well as galleries telling the story of Nottingham, the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum and a programme of visiting art exhibitions.
Wollaton Hall was designed by Robert Smythson and built by Sir Francis Willoughby between 1580 and 1588 for his family. Now a prominent Grade One listed building, the stunning Hall houses the city’s Natural History Museum along with reconstructed room settings. It plays host to visiting collections and art exhibitions as well as being a host for performance events.
Newstead Abbey is beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire. Founded as a monastic house in the late 12th century, Newstead was home to the poet Lord Byron between 1808 and 1814. The Abbey hosts a variety of special events and temporary exhibitions throughout the year.