Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard

The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard is housed within five 17th century cottages where you can learn about the people of Nottingham through the objects made, used or owned and the stories they tell us.


This delightful museum is sited in Brewhouse Yard at the base of Castle Rock, a location that itself reveals much about Nottingham’s social history. The museum depicts the social history of Nottingham over the last 300 years and is 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 a population of 127 people at its peak. Today the surviving buildings house the museum and contain a mixture of reconstructed room and shop settings, and gallery displays including ‘Toys’ and ‘Community Showcase’ which highlights work by local groups or individuals. In the adjacent Rock Cottage is a reconstructed Victorian School room and a new exhibition ‘Growing up in Nottingham’. Also discover a system of man-made caves built into the rock. Once used by the former residents, they now house museum displays including a reconstructed air raid shelter, and are fully wheelchair accessible.

Opening Times


Brewhouse Museum
Brewhouse Museum

12pm-4pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the year

Pre-booked tours will still be available Monday – Friday, from 10am to 5pm, for parties of 10 or more only. Tours must be booked in advance, for more details or to book call

0115 876 1400

Admission Prices

  • Admission prices for special events vary, please check the What’s On page for the Museum for details (link above)
  • Group tours cost £5 per person (and must be booked in advance)

How to get there

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).

Parking: Parking on site for visitors with disabilities only which must be pre-booked. Please call 0115 9153700. Public car parks are nearby.

On foot: 10 minute walk from Nottingham city centre or train station.