Plan your visit
A visit to the National Justice Museum tends to stay with people long after they’ve left. A museum of crime, punishment and social justice, we are based in the Grade II* listed Shire Hall in Nottingham. Over five floors, our building houses a Victorian courtroom, Georgian gaol, and cells that date back hundreds of years.
As you explore our historic spaces, you'll meet our team of costumed characters, ready to share real stories from the history of our gaol. Our actors also re-enact historical court cases, linked to the themes of our latest exhibition. If you're feeling brave, you can even join us for daily hangings in our exercise yard!
In our free exhibition spaces, explore themes of modern social justice, inspired by artefacts from our collection. These spaces do not need a Museum admission ticket to enter - our friendly team on reception can point the way.
Please be aware that due to the historic nature of the building, in some parts of the museum there will be low ceilings, uneven floors and many steps. Flat shoes are advisable. Please wrap up warm on colder days. We recommend booking your entry tickets in advance where possible.
We look forward to welcoming you to the National Justice Museum.
To explore the museum in-depth and to unlock the full experience of our unique exhibition spaces, we have a choice of tickets for sale.
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Gift Aid; a small donation makes a big difference
The National Justice Museum is a registered charity (1030554) and Gift Aid admission includes a 10% donation. Your support will help us spark imaginations and inspire hearts and minds through the story of justice and help care for our inspiring collection and building. You can find out more about Gift Aid here.Book online
Save on tickets for the City of Caves
Why not buy a joint ticket offering a reduced admission price to the City of Caves? Save money and discover an underground experience like no other.
|Joint adult ticket||£19.35||£17.60|
|Joint child ticket||£14.45||£13.15|
|Joint concession ticket||£16.95||£15.40|
|Joint family ticket
4 people, max 2 adults
To book a Joint Ticket
Add your desired tickets for the National Justice Museum and the City of Caves to your basket and the discount will apply automatically. These must be the same type of ticket, for example an adult ticket or a student ticket.
To book Joint Family Tickets
When booking Joint Family Tickets (4 tickets, max 2 adults), you will need to select 4 tickets and choose your entry time for the National Justice Museum and the City of Caves. Your discount will be calculated automatically when you select 4 tickets. To book Joint Family Tickets, click here.
Please note: all ticket prices include a Gift Aid donation.
The National Justice Museum is located in the Lace Market area of Nottingham close to the train station, tram and bus stops, and city centre car parks. Select your mode of transport for more information and directions.
From M1 north
Leave the M1 at J26 and follow the A610. In the city centre, follow the tourist signs for the museum.
From M1 south
Leave the M1 at J24 and follow the A453. In the city centre, follow the tourist signs for the museum.
We’re on High Pavement
This is a one-way street with drop off and pick up points but no dropped kerb. Strictly no parking 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week.
There is no parking on site. There is a large multi-storey car park in nearby Stoney Street, where we can offer all-day discounted parking. The Lace Market car park is also less than five minutes walking distance from the museum. Other options can be found on Nottingham City Council website. For discounted parking, on arrival at reception simply ask for a car parking ticket to discount your parking rate when you exit the car park. A small pay and display car parking area with around 20 spaces is almost directly opposite the museum steps on High Pavement. Pay and display charges apply.
Coach parking for groups
Unfortunately, due to our location, we are unable to offer coach or mini bus parking at the National Justice Museum. Coaches are able to drop off and pick up students outside the museum but will need to find somewhere to park during the day. For information on where to park a coach in the city please visit the Nottingham City Council Website.
Mini bus parking
If you are travelling to the museum in a mini bus you will be able to drop off and pick up from directly outside the museum but there is nowhere to park. We recommend that mini buses be parked at the ‘Park Centre’ car park: Park Centre, Queens Road, Nottinghamshire, Nottingham NG2 3AS.
The car park is only a ten minute walk at leisure from the museum (NG1 1HN). To reserve spaces at this car park please call 0115 9866000.
Buses go to the Nottingham train station which is within walking distance of the museum. Nearby bus stops include Fletcher Gate and George Street.
The museum is located 0.8 miles away from Nottingham Train Station (a 10-15 minute walk). Taxis are available at the train station. Click here for information from East Midlands Railway about trains to Nottingham.
Leave the tram at the ‘Lace Market’ stop. From here, it is a two minute walk down the hill. Take the second left, at the corner where you see Nottingham Contemporary. Walk straight up this street (High Pavement) and we are located on the right hand side.
|Monday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|Tuesday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|Wednesday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|Thursday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|Friday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|Saturday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|10:00am - 5:00pm|
Final admission is 4pm
We have made every effort to try and make our exhibitions, facilities and services as accessible as possible to all visitors. If you have specific access needs please ensure you contact us in advance so that we can help you make the most of your visit.
Please be aware that due to the historic nature of the building, in some parts of the museum there will be low ceilings, uneven floors and many steps. Flat shoes are advisable. Please wrap up warm on colder days.
Please note, our lift is currently out of order. We are working to resolve this issue as soon as we can and apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.
Eat, drink, and shop
The Robe Room offers a variety of hot and cold drinks and a tempting selection of confectionery, homemade cakes, sandwiches and snacks.
Our gift shop offers a selection of items that reflect the fascinating themes of our museum, inspired by our current and previous exhibitions as well as the vibrant city of Nottingham. Money spent in our shop goes back into our charity to support the delivery of enriching learning experiences for all.
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