The Castle Grounds
In many ways the castle grounds are more interesting than the castle itself. Dotted around the grounds are the ruins of the original castle, monuments to Lord Byron and Albert Ball VC, the Victorian bandstand and some beautiful gardens. The best time to visit is in late April and early May to see the cherry blossom.
Also, from the castle walls you get some of the best views of the city.
Drive or get the bus(N.o 7) to Woodborough village in July or August. Follow a public footpath(marked on the ordnance survey map) starting on the corner of a t-junction near the Woodborough Hall Hotel in the direction of Calverton and several fields later you can catch the scent wafting from behind a hedge. You come to a huge field with rainbow rows of every of variety of rose. On a hot day it's intoxicating!
I have a painting of the scene by a local artist.
Party On Down
Yates wine Lodge are well known chain of pub throughout the UK and this one is no different. With its Victorian decor and large square balcolny bar. It has a mixture of people in the daytime and is bustiling by night. Entertainment is on quite frequently ranging from Kareoke, tribute bands to drag acts ( which are hilarious--DON''T stand at the front, they will pick you ! )
Pub food is served throughout the day
Cheap Pub Meals
The Last Post, in Beeston, is part of the J D Wetherspoon chain of pub restaurants. Its name comes from the fact that it is located in the post office building. The post office still operates in the other half of the building. Like all of the 640+ J D Wetherspoon pubs, it offers great value meals, including 2 for £5.50, as well as an excellent selection of real ales. The food is typical British pub fare: fish and chips, lasagne etc.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-1am
Brew House Yard is at the foot of Castle Rock, next to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. In the 13th century it was the site of the watermills for Nottingham Castle. The current building dates back to 1700, when it was a row of houses. Since 1977 it has housed the Museum of Nottingham Life and the entrance to some of the city's caves.
Opening times: 10am - 4.30pm
Admisssion (with Nottingham Castle): Adults £3, Children, Students & Seniors £1.50