Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Tours - Explore Nottingham with our most famous outlaw Robin Hood!

Nottingham City Council is proud to announce brand new Robin Hood tours of Nottingham start this Saturday 11 June.

Tours will take visitors on a fantastic journey through Nottingham's history, myth and English folklore with the city's very own legend Robin Hood.

The tour paints a picture of Nottingham life down through the ages into the present day, and with Robin Hood as the guide the story and legend comes alive.

Robin will take visitors to ancient pubs, haunted caves, the Council House, Old Market Square, the Lace Market and the Castle, and show how a simple 700 year old ballad developed into one of the greatest stories ever told.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Communities, Leisure and Customers said: "We're delighted to offer these new Robin Hood tours. With Robin being such a legendary figure all over the world, these tours are the perfect way to help visitors get under the skin of the man and myth and to discover Nottingham's rich history. We hope the tours will be enjoyed by local, national and international visitors to the city, and make their trip to Nottingham even more pleasurable."

Tours start from Nottingham Castle, take place every Saturday and last for 2 hours. Two Sunday walks are also available on 12 and 19 June and more may be added later in the season.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children under 16 years, and also give entry to Nottingham Castle and The Museum of Nottingham Life (tickets must be used within 24 hours of the tour). Tickets are available to buy from the Castle Gatehouse.

Robin Hood is played by local writer and actor Ade Andrews, who's been playing the part since he arrived in Nottingham 18 years ago. Ade is also known to many as Nottingham's resident ghost, Ezekial Bone, and has been running the Guts & Gore Tour of the Lace Market and the Magic Lantern Backstage Tour of the Theatre Royal for several years.

Ade Andrews, the Robin Hood tour guide said: "The real story of Robin Hood is often lost amongst the myth and legend, but this new tour of Nottingham uncovers the true essence of the character, giving him a voice and exploring how his tale is just as important today as it's ever been. The tour is great for locals and visitors to the city of all ages, and offers an exciting and interactive way to learn about Nottingham's often turbulent history."

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