Kids don't always find museums the most interesting places in the world. Luckily, Nottingham is rife with family-friendly museums that are sure to interest and thrill even the biggest little critics. You and the kids can learn so much about the city's history while taking part in fun activities. Here's where you'll find the best family friendly museums in and around the city.
Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge that is home to a fascinating honeycomb of caves and fissures, in which remnants of ancient people and animals have been found.
• Ice Age Cave tours, which tell the story of life from 10,000 to 50,000 years ago
• Opportunities to explore ancient artefacts
• Rock art tours – see Britain’s oldest rock art
• Ice Age Exhibition
• Wheelchair and pushchair friendly
• Educational visits and resources available
Hidden beneath the modern city of Nottingham is an intricate network of caves for the public to explore. It is better suited to older children who will appreciate the caves’ former life as bunkers and shelters.
• Take an audio tour through the caves.
• Everyone gets to wear their own hard hat! The caves are perfectly safe to explore, however.
• Tours run for 45 minutes – the perfect length of time for children.
• Actor-led tours.
• Read more about the City of Caves here.
The City of Caves
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Lenton Road, Nottingham, NG1 6EL 0115 876 1400 Website: http://www.nottinghamcastle.org.uk
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery is home to various other venues, including , the Museum of Nottingham Life and the Nottingham Industrial Museum.
This is an opportunity to step back in time and experience Nottingham life in the 19th Century – explore houses, shops and a range of items that tell the tales of years gone by.
• Free for children under five years
• Access to over 300 years of Nottingham’s history
• View lots of different items through the ages, including tools and toys
• Housed over five 17th century cottages
Do you have kids who just love all things to do with engines? The Nottingham Industrial Museum is home to a range of exhibitions dedicated to the history of engines, machinery and the city’s industrial history.
• Children’s activities including colouring competitions, trails and badge making.
• Family tours
• Miniature engines on display
• Vintage telephone exchange and retro switchboard
Located beneath Nottingham Castle is a secret myriad of tunnels and caves. Tours are run by experienced guides and are suited to older children due to the large number of steep steps along the way and somewhat strenuous nature of the tour.
• Explore a labyrinth of manmade caves and tunnels
• Visit King David’s dungeon
• Discover secret passageways!
Image: Nottingham Castle Caves Tour
See! Museums don’t have to be boring for the kids! Nottingham folks are lucky to have access to so many great museums for you and the kids, so start exploring the history of the city and have a bit of family fun doing so.