Nottingham Castle in England is an imposing structure that watches over its town from the 130ft high natural peninsula known as 'Castle Rock'. The castle was used during the middle ages as a major and integral Royal fortress, as well as moonlighting as a Royal residence from time to time. However, by the 16th century the castle was sadly beginning to decline, and just a century later, in 1649, most of the structure had been demolished. However, enough fragments and impressions of the castle remains to give a fairly accurate idea of the layout and image of the building. A mansion was later built on the summit of the peninsula, which was destroyed and burned by rioters in 1831, but which is now used as an art gallery and museum, that houses most of Nottinghams fine art as well as exhibitions of the cities history and archeology, including the museum of the Sherwood Foresters.
Other notable collections and exhibitions include
A costume collection including Nottingham lace making
Watercolours by Richard Parkes Bonnington and Paul Sandby
15th-century Nottingham alabaster carvings,
In 2005, Nottingham Castle became the only venue outside of America to host the 'Waking Dreams' exhibition, to which visitors from all over Europe flocked to in order to view the displays of Pre-Raphaelite art, and which made the Castle museum the centre of international attention. These days, the Castle hosts several different events, including the Robin Hood Pageant and the Nottingham Beer Festival. Entry to the Castle museum is included in the £2.50 entry fee to the Museum of Nottingham Life.