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Nottingham: Nottingham Castle Admission Ticket

1. Nottingham: Nottingham Castle Admission Ticket

Nottingham Castle has played many roles throughout the city’s history and is now an elegant Ducal Palace filled with exhibitions and galleries. Come and see for yourself with an admission ticket that allows you to explore the newly landscaped grounds, tunnels, art collections, and more. Immerse yourself in the legend of the outlaw Robin Hood with an optional experience that recreates medieval Nottingham and mixed-reality activities, including a longbow competition and sparring with a quarterstaff. Explore the collections of fine and decorative arts, from medieval alabaster to contemporary photography, Nottingham lace to ceramics and oil paintings. Take some time to view the inspiring program of world-class temporary exhibitions as well. Younger visitors between 7 and 12, can head to Hood’s Hideout, the medieval-themed adventure playground, a perfect place for imaginations to run wild.

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden Entry Ticket

2. Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden Entry Ticket

Walk in the footsteps of the great Tudor queen and imagine the opulence and splendor of Elizabethan Kenilworth. Wander the pathways to discover the marble fountain, the ornate aviary, and the Earl of Leicester's emblem of the bear and ragged staff. Choose between a single or a family ticket. Visit the fascinating exhibition about the famous royal romance between the queen and her ambitious courtier, Robert Dudley. Explore the Elizabethan bedroom and Oak Room which contains a beautifully ornate alabaster fireplace that once stood in Elizabeth I's private rooms. Have fun with the family-friendly displays in the interactive exhibition bringing Kenilworth's past to life. Housed in the magnificent Tudor stables, see how the castle has changed throughout its 900-year history. Children can get hands-on with history as they try on dress up clothes and see and touch the mighty trebuchet balls which were hurled at Kenilworth Castle 800 years ago. Admire the mighty Castle keep - the heart of castle life for 500 years. Unwind with a visit to the Stables Tearoom, which offers a delicious selection of cakes and light lunches, made from seasonal ingredients and sourced from local suppliers.

Warwickshire: Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass

3. Warwickshire: Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass

Choose a pass valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. Benefit from free entry to 10 attractions, tours, and museums. Visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom to see where he first put quill to paper, immersing yourself in a world of literary wonder. Enjoy the unique pleasure of watching hundreds of the world’s most spectacular and colorful butterflies flying all around at Stratford Butterfly Farm. You can see them feeding and flying in a wonderful tropical environment. Walk along the ramparts of some of the oldest medieval ruins in England at Kenilworth Castle. Cruise the Avon River, and enjoy the breeze and river sounds. Then, explore the grounds of Stoneleigh Abbey. Visit the British Motor Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars. Discover a hidden Victorian Garden at Hill Close Gardens. Explore the crazy world of the MAD Museum, which is a hands-on experience for kids. Spend the afternoon learning about the juniper berry at Shakespeare Distillery, with a guided gin distillery tour.

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What people are saying about East Midlands

It was a lovely warm sunny day when we went which I am sure added to the experience. The galleries were interesting and we had fun doing archery practice and other interactive games. It was great seeing the party of well behaved school children enjoying their trip.

we really enjoyed our day at nottingham castle , thought the cafe was abit expensive , the bread was abit dry with the sandwiches we had in the cafe

It was a great day out stayed the whole day 10am until 4 and felt we hadn’t explored it all.

We had a great day there parking near there was a bit dear on the side streets

Ticket bought online, amazing experience, great 2 hours spent there.