The Trip to Jerusalem sits below Castle Rock in Nottingham. The inn was established in 1189, the year that Richard the Lionheart came to the throne. Richard was immediately keen to go on the Third Crusade to the Holy Land. Men that answered his call for help gathered at Castle Rock, one of Richard's favoured strongholds. These knights and men at arms would often seek accommodation and refreshment at the inn, which became known as the Trip to Jerusalem. In Middle English the word "trip" referred to a resting place rather than a journey. It's a nice irony that the place of rest should also be named after what is now a journey.
In 1330 the Trip to Jerusalem was the setting for a dramatic twist in the tortuous history of England's monarchs. Visitors to Nottingham Castle can take a tour of a passage that leads down to tunnels that run through Castle Rock to the Trip to Jerusalem. Edward III used these tunnels to enter Nottingham Castle from the inn to arrest Roger Mortimer, his mother's lover. Mortimer and Queen Isabella had murdered Edward's father, Edward II, and were succeeding in establishing themselves as rulers of the country. Mortimer was captured in the castle's royal appartments, and was subsequently hanged at Tyburn. Since that time the passage taken by Edward to carry out the arrest has been known as Mortimer's Hole.
Opening Times: Please use contact details below.
Address: Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham NG1 6AD.
Directions: Take the A6005 into Nottingham. There is a multistorey carpark in Castle Road which is just off the A6005 next to the castle. Walk down Castle Road and bear right. Click here for an interactive map centred on the Trip To Jerusalem.
telephone: 0115 947 3171
web site: http://www.triptojerusalem.com/