Brewhouse Yard - Museum of Nottingham Life

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The museum depicts the social history of Nottingham over the last 300 years. Housed in five 17th century cottages adjacent to the famous 'Trip to Jerusalem' public house. Brewhouse Yard once contained a thriving community of 20 houses with, at its peak, a population of some 127 people. Today the surviving buildings house the museum and contain a mixture of reconstructed room and shop settings, and gallery displays. Here you can experience being in a Victorian home, see inside a child’s bedroom, root through the cupboards in the kitchen and pump water. The numerous shops throughout the museum include an Edwardian grocery shop and a Victorian chemist's. A 1920s shopping experience is recreated in a row of shops including a barbershop, pawn shop, ironmongers, doctors, cobblers and music shop. The gallery displays show objects that were made or used by people in Nottingham. 'In Search of Brewhouse Yard', our newest gallery, tells the history of the area, through sight, touch and sound. In addition, the ever-changing Community Showcase gallery provides an opportunity for local groups, societies and individuals to display material they have produced, collected or researched. You can also see the unusual rock-cut caves at the rear of the buildings that were converted for use as air raid shelters during the Second World War.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays 12 - 4pm - Last Entry 3:30pm


Single ticket £2.50 Joint ticket with Nottingham Castle £5.50. Concessions £4.00. Under fives get in free.

Travel directions:

By car Follow signs from M1 for Nottingham city centre, then follow the brown tourist signs to Nottingham Castle. The postcode for your sat nav is NG7 1FB (but please remember there is no parking on site except for people with disabilities). On foot 10 minute walk from Nottingham city centre or train station. Public transport Call the Travel Centre on 0115 950 6070 or click here to visit Parking Parking on site for visitors with disabilities only which must be pre-booked. Please call 0115 8761400. Public car parks are nearby.

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Education facilities available
  • Library with public access
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Audio guides specifically for blind and partially sighted people
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available

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