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Nottingham Castle to be revitalised to attract more visitors

Robin Hood Statue at Nottingham Castle Photo: PA

Nottingham City Council has announced plans to revitalise Nottingham Castle to turn it into a world-class tourist destination. The proposals come almost 370 years to the day that King Charles I raised the Royal Standard at Nottingham Castle as a call to arms.

Nottingham Castle Credit: PA

The Castle Working Group, a business-led partnership, has today launched a public consultation to get the views of people in the city. Initial ideas include:

  • Placing Robin Hood at the heart of the visitor experience
  • Making more of the network of caves beneath the Castle
  • Exploring Nottingham's national importance within social protest andrebellion through the ages
  • Creating a brand new Visitor Centre at the entrance to the site.
Caves under Nottingham Castle Credit: PA

There has been criticism in the past that Nottingham has failed to make the most of the Castle and its most famous son Robin Hood - a figure known the world over. A visitor attraction called "The Tales ofRobin Hood" closed down with financial problems several years ago. Tourism group, Experience Nottinghamshire, also sought to downplay the Robin Hood brand and began marketing the city and county with a new 'Big N' logo, which was eventually abandoned.The public consultation will run until 22 September.