National Justice Museum


Useful Information

Location: High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN
(52.950729, -1.144382)
Open: All year Mon, Fri-Sun 10-17.
During School Holidays daily 10-17.
Tours 10:30-16 every 10 mnutes.
[2021]
Fee: Adults GBP 2.05, Children (5-17) GBP 8.75, Children (0-4) free, Students GBP 10.95, Seniors (60+) GBP 10.95, Family (2+2) GBP 35.75.
Joint ticket with National Justice Museum: Adults GBP 17.60, Family GBP 53.63.
[2021]
Classification: SubterraneaCellar sandstone
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension:  
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Bibliography:  
Address: National Justice Museum, High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN, Tel: +44-115-952-0555. E-mail:
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History

14th cty building used as police station.
1375 used as a law court.
1449 used as a prison.
1995 Galleries of Justice Museum established.
2017 National Justice Museum opened to the public.

Description

The National Justice Museum which is obviously dedicated to law enforcement, is locate in Nottingham, the city of caves. As a result the museum has underground caves or cellars, which once were used as dungeon. To see them is pretty simple, just go to the museum, they are part of the exhibition. There are no guided tours, but at various locations there are actors who re-enact some historic stuff. It seems this is the contemporary equivalent of the animated manequins, tape recorders and coloured light from the 1980s. Obviously a feature which only the British can appreciate.

The cellar contains the historic County Gaol spaces, cells and dungeons, which actually date back to early Saxon times. There are extensive cellars below the building and at the rear. Some of the county's most notorious criminals were imprisoned in the caves. According to legend Robin Hood himself was held captive in a deep dungeon cave, later to be rescued by Little John.

Many attractions wilfully avoid publishing admission prices or opening hours on their website. The National Justice Museum is not one of them; the information is exemplary. On the other hand, they really do not manage to provide any useful information about the structure of the museum, the collections or the guided tours on their website, apart from empty words and advertising texts. If you visit the museum we would be happy to receive a short description of the underground part!