Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Housed in 17th-century cottages
Located at the base of Castle Rock, beneath historic Nottingham Castle, is the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard. The museum explores the rich heritage of Nottingham over the past 3 centuries. See reconstructions pf historic shopfronts, period rooms, and special exhibition galleries. Step into a Victorian chemist's shop and imagine how you'd enjoy shopping at the Edwardian grocery.
Try your hand at using a traditional hand pump to draw water from a well. Then there is the 1920s shopping experience, a recreation of a row of shops including an ironmonger, pawn shop, doctor's surgery, cobbler shop, music shop and a barbershop.
Experience for yourself what it was like in a WWII air raid shelter carved out of the solid rock behind the museum. Step into a Victorian home and see how residents of Nottingham lived and worked over the years. See how children played in times past in the Toys gallery, and the contributions made by individuals and organisations in the Community Showcase.
The museum stands beside the historic Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, perhaps the oldest inn in England. Above it towers Castle Rock, riddled with caves, and at the top of the Rock is Nottingham Castle.
The museum is housed in a row of historic 17th-century cottages. The cottages formed part of a cluster of 20 buildings in an area named for the brewing that once took place here.
The museum holds a large collection of documents, maps, local portraits and archive material.
The Museum of Nottingham Life is part of Nottingham City Museums, the umbrella organisation that looks after the top local museums including the Nottingham Industrial Museum, the Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Newstead Abbey, and Wollaton Hall.
The museum - as well as the entire Nottingham Castle and cave tours, is undergoing an extensive restoration that will result in closures until 2020. We will update this page when we know more, but in the meantime, it is best not to plan a visit!
About Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard
Address: Castle Boulevard, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, NG7 1FB
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: Off Castle Boulevard, at the base of Castle Rock, beside the Trip to Jerusalem pub
Website: Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Nottingham Castle - 0.1 miles (Castle)
Robin Hood Statue - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
Nottingham, St Peter's Church - 0.3 miles (Historic Church)
National Justice Museum - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Nottingham, St Mary's Church - 0.5 miles (Historic Church)
Wollaton Hall and Natural History Museum - 2.3 miles (Historic House)
Holme Pierrepont Hall - 3.6 miles (Historic House)
Papplewick Pumping Station - 7.9 miles (Historic Building)
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