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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Wollaton Hall, Gardens & Deer Park

I simply love old castles, country houses and mansions. So I made sure that when we were in Nottingham, we visited Wollaton Hall. Many of you may be familiar with Wollaton Hall - it was the setting for Wayne Manor in 'The Dark Knight Rises', the 2012 Batman movie.



Wollaton Hall is an impressive country house dating back to the 1580s. It was purchased by Nottingham Council in 1925 and opened to the public as the city's natural history museum a year later. Set in around 500 acres of beautiful parkland, the beautiful Elizabethan mansion hosts exhibitions and events and the permanent museum is home to many impressive specimens from the world of zoology and botany.

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park


Wollaton Hall and Park is a perfect venue for family fun.  The grounds are lovely - perfect for a Summer picnic or for kids to play around. An added and welcome attraction are the free-roaming deer that you can spot on the grounds. You can walk around the lake and feed the ducks, visit Camellia House (the oldest cast iron glasshouse in Europe) or simply find a quiet place to sit and soak up the sun.

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park



Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park


Wollaton Hall and Deer Park


The Natural History Museum houses six main galleries: birds, insects, natural connections, minerals, Africa and the natural history matters gallery. The natural connections gallery has specimens of a number of extinct and near-extinct species on display. The insect gallery was interesting - there were some live insects in addition to the specimens. The bird gallery with its taxidermied collection is impressive. There were many young kids in the gallery and I noticed that the collection kept them entertained. So, definitely a good option for a day out with kids.

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park





Entry to the hall and park is free but there is a small charge for car parking (money goes towards the upkeep of the place). Escorted tours are conducted at certain times of the day. These can be pre-booked and a small charge applies to the tour as well. Overall, it is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon outside and for a very little price. You can visit the Hall and gardens, have a picnic or just wander around the park. There is a nice little café as well. I liked the place.

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park


You can read more about Wollaton Hall here: http://www.wollatonhall.org.uk/

Wollaton Hall, Gardens and Deer Park
Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2AE | Phone: 0115 8763100

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