Nottingham Castle is set to open its doors on June 21st, three years after it closed to complete £30m worth of refurbishments. Whilst the announcement is great for Robin Hood fans, businesses near to the castle are also delighted.
Since its closure, shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants near by the castle have been without the increased inflow of customers.
Jess, an employee at The Castle – Pub and Kitchen, says: “It will bring a lot more (customers). It also brings a lot of tourists to this end of town.
“At Christmas and New Year as well, they (Nottingham Castle) do stuff so it brings more people to this end.”
Adam Greenwood, from The Robin Hood Experience, said: “It’s going to bring a lot more footfall up to this part of the city.”
“We’re a little bit isolated, out on a limb here without the central draw of the castle.”
Adam Greenwood, The Robin Hood Experience.
Nottingham City Council has said that the reopening is expected to boost both national and international visitor figures from 222,000 to 400,00 in the first year alone.
After announcing the date of the reopening, they added the project was “aimed at attracting more visitors to Nottingham and boosting the local economy”.
The reopening of @NottmCastle on 21st June will bring a boost to our city's economy!
The new experience will attract more visitors to #Nottingham just as £2bn of redevelopments transform the southside🏗️
— 🌈My Nottingham (@MyNottingham) April 22, 2021
Adam Greenfield went on to say: “It’s going to bring a lot more footfall up to this end of the city, we’re a little bit isolated, out on a limb here without the central draw of the castle.”
“There’s a lot of great businesses up here, a lot of great pubs and things like that but without something big to lure people up this end, we get missed out a little bit so yes, it can only be good for us!”
Nottingham City Council is expecting:
- 420 extra jobs a year to be created in the city’s tourism and leisure sectors.
- 270 construction jobs and opportunities for 500 volunteers.
The Castle’s closure came in 2018 for a £30m development project, funded by the Arts Council England, D2N2, National Heritage Lottery Fund and Nottingham City Council.
On June 21st, visitors can expect to see a brand new visitors centre which will house the ticketing office and cafe, new Robin Hood and Rebellion galleries and increased access to the caves for future tours.