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Galleries of Justice

Learn about the grim and grisly history of Nottingham’s trial, punishments and executions in this former courthouse and jail.

The Galleries of Justice is a museum housed in the Georgian Shire Hall, Nottingham’s old courthouse and jail where many prisoners were executed. Discover the story of the courthouse complex, which has stood on this site since at least the 14th century and more about its role as a Victorian courtroom, prison and police station. Take a guided tour to get better acquainted with Britain’s gory penal history.

A range of themed audio- and guide-led tours are offers, each focusing on different eerie subjects, such as ghosts, underground dungeons and cells and prisoners. Follow the fictional trial of Nottingham folk legend Robin Hood during an entertaining tour hosted by an actor portraying the villainous sheriff of Nottingham.

For a glimpse into the atrocious conditions of the Victorian jail, opt for the Crime and Punishment tour. Interact with the costumed actors who stay in character throughout the experience. The Facts and Felons audio tour reveals gruesome secrets about executions and cruel punishments.

The museum also has a range of permanent exhibitions. Find out how the famous Robin Hood legend developed over the centuries in medieval Nottingham. Stroll down the recreated streets of Victorian slums in the Narrow Marsh display.

Head to the on-site Divine Coffee House for some time out. Relax with hot drinks on the sofas. Purchase toys and souvenirs with themes relating to the museum and  Nottingham in the gift shop.

The museum opens daily from morning to late afternoon. Check the website before your visit to see the schedule of audio- and actor-led tours. Buy tickets online in advance to ensure your place. Combination tickets that include access to the nearby City of Caves attraction can also be purchased online.

The Galleries of Justice are in the Lace Market neighborhood of Nottingham. To get here from Nottingham Railway Station, walk north for 10 minutes, crossing the Nottingham Canal, en route. Alternatively, ride the tram to the Lace Market stop.


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Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel CA $60
Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel

Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel

Waterfront Plaza, Station Street, Nottingham, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Nottingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Old Market Square and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Castle is 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Nottingham Station is 6 minutes by foot.

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    Lace Market Hotel by Compass Hospitality

    Lace Market Hotel by Compass Hospitality

    29-31 High Pavement, Lace Market, Nottingham, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Nottingham City Centre, this romantic hotel is steps away from Galleries of Justice Museum and Lace Market. Motorpoint Arena Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      Park Plaza Nottingham CA $89
      Park Plaza Nottingham

      Park Plaza Nottingham

      41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Nottingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Market Square and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Castle are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 11 minutes by foot.

        Crowne Plaza Nottingham CA $82
        Crowne Plaza Nottingham

        Crowne Plaza Nottingham

        17-31 Wollaton Street, Nottingham, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Nottingham City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre Royal and Nottingham Trent University. Motorpoint Arena Nottingham and Lace Market are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel CA $81
          Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel

          Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel

          2 George Street, Lace Market, Nottingham, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lace Market and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham. Nottingham Trent University and Theatre Royal are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 11 minutes by foot.

            Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre CA $81
            Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre

            Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre

            17-31 Wollaton Street, Nottingham, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre Royal and The Cornerhouse. Nottingham Trent University and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 16 minutes by foot.

              ibis Nottingham Centre CA $64
              ibis Nottingham Centre

              ibis Nottingham Centre

              16 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, England
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Bridlesmith Gate and Lace Market. Motorpoint Arena Nottingham and Theatre Royal are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 10 minutes by foot.

                Hilton Nottingham CA $80
                Hilton Nottingham

                Hilton Nottingham

                38 Milton Street, Nottingham, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre Royal and Lace Market. Nottingham Trent University and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 13 minutes by foot.