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dont know if its changed recently but it used to be free for city card owners but if you live in the county you have to pay as i say i have not been for the last couple of years but intend going when the weather is better emilyhope that helps you a little but i all so think they have a website that should give you more information and welcome to the site emily

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Bit of a change to the late 50s when I seem to remember it was free entry and about two bob to do the caves.

Five and a half quid or fifteen for a family seems a bit steep; especially if the cave tour is extra

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#6 Used to like taking my girlfriends there in the early 60s, because it was free. Sit under the trees on the benches, in the sunshine. What more would a girl want? I was a very romantic person in my early days, but cheap. Glad there were no Mac donalds around in those days. people waste too much time in those places now, they don't really get out and experience the real world as we used to do. I actually miss the castle, would love to go back one day. Things are changing so much now, place want money for everything. Gone are the days of a cheap day out.

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I find it incredible that they charge so much to get into the castle,does that include afternoon tea with the 'Lord Mayor'?

The last time I went,it was a penny to go through the turnstile.

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I think Wollaton Hall is still free, but the industrial museum isn't. It is a couple of quid I believe , but very informative .

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The Castle is £5.50 for non-city residents, but even city residents pay £1. This used to include entry to Brewhouse Yard Museum (behind the Trip to Jerusalem) but that's now closed most of the time. Like other posters have said, the Castle grounds hold many memories of courting and days out with the kids, or just somewhere to sit and spend a quiet hour away from the City Centre. By the way - closed on Mondays!

Wollaton Hall is free entry, but parking is a minimum of £2. I don't mind that, because you get the run of the beautiful parklands too. If you've not been for a while, you now get access to some of the living quarters of the Willoughby family, refurbished to look like they would have way back when. Not sure about the Industrial Museum, it closed down a few years ago but there were rumours of it reopening and I've not been for a year or so.

Trevor S - The Horse Stables buildings are still there, but not the horses since the Police did away with the bobbies on horseback and the gorilla is still there too - not as big as it seemed when I was a nipper and looking a bit moth-eaten after all these years!

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It would be alright if it were a proper castle

But castle it aint it is just an old stately home that was owned by the Duke of Newcastle

The best trhing that happened to it was when it was "torched" in 1831 :)

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Me & Mrs Catfan went on a behind the scenes tour of wollaton hall last year. Think the cost may have been about a fiver a piece but was well worth it.

I worked alongside the Tower of London years ago...They were looking for an alternative venue for the Royal Armouries Collection.They searched the country for the ideal site...Wollaton Hall came up...but the Council wouldn't consider the cost that it would take to reinforce the floors and modernise the facilities to put Wollaton Hall on the map for tourism in Nottingham.

Other sites in Warwick and York were looked at that would draw the mega money from tourists.In the end the decision was made to move most of the collection to a site whos name would be recognised by the millions of prospective tourists world wide.....Leeds :biggrin:

It would be alright if it were a proper castle

But castle it aint it is just an old stately home that was owned by the Duke of Newcastle

The best trhing that happened to it was when it was "torched" in 1831 :)

And it was abandoned and left empty for many years previous to that.The Dook didn't need the place by then seeing as him and the Dook of Portland owned half of Nottinghamshire. Aint it grand to be rich? By the way the Corporation don't own it....it's on a 500 year lease...It still belongs to the Dooks lot.

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When the castle was torched the "good"(sic) old dook got 20k compo as well from the Corporation.

The "Corporation" was Whig at the time & the Dook was a Tory.

I still think it was an "inside" job.

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A lot of the stuff at the Royal Armouries collection actually came from the Pattern Room. This was held first at the Tower of London then went to RSAF Enfield when that closed it transferred to Royal Ordnance Nottingham before eventually arriving at Leeds. I was one of a lucky few to gain admission whilst it was held in Nottingham.

The problem is the weapons contained in that part of the collection are all fully operative so only a few are allowed for display the rest of the 20,000 examples and kept behind the scenes.

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This afternoon after lunch I sat with a coffee watching tv. I wasn't particularly interested in the programme but got thinking about the paintings of famous artists. I remember seeing a very large painting in Nottingham Castle and we had my relatives from Italy with us . We were lucky enough to find a guide that gave us a bit of history about a few things but this painting has stuck with me. It was a painting of many people all crowded together. The guide pointed out quite a few mistakes in this work of art. One being there was a spare arm. It didn't seem to belong to anybody no matter how you traced it back. The guide also pointed out where the painting had been erased and repainted. It was very interesting. Does anyone else have memories of the Castle  and of the paintings.

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Yes Nonna, I remember the pintings by local artist Richard Parkes Bonnington,or I think he was local, he painted mainly coastline views though

 

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Loved going to Nottm Castle Nonna when my children were young it was the place to go during school holidays and we would always make a bee line to the large old paintings never got tied of looking at them. 

It's having a big refurbishment at the moment so we'll see how that goes. 

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1 hour ago, nonnaB said:

It was a painting of many people all crowded together. The guide pointed out quite a few mistakes in this work of art. One being there was a spare arm. It didn't seem to belong to anybody no matter how you traced it back. The guide also pointed out where the painting had been erased and repainted.

 

This apparently is in Nottingham Castle. Do your remember if it's the painting in question ?  It has lots of people sitting around, and I haven't counted the arms.

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No Cliff Ton it wasn't that one . Iremember it was a very dark painting and the extra arm was somewhere near the figure in red holding up a goblet.  It seemed from what I remember a painting of a scene out of life in London, with beggars etc. Sorry but thats the best I can describe it.

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London. drinking and beggars... did the castle have any by Hogarth?

 

The only other I can think of is the Da Vinci last supper

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