Wollaton Hall, Gardens and Deer Park, Nottingham

(4.6/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web)
Walk through the majestic Wollaton Hall, Gardens and Deer Park to see Elizabethan bedrooms, kitchens, wine cellars, stables, gardens, and servants' quarters. The grand mansion was built in the 1580s for Sir Francis Willoughby, a wealthy industrialist. Legend has it that Queen Elizabeth I snubbed Willoughby’s previous house, prompting him to charge architect Robert Smythson to construct a mansion so grandiose it would leave all future visitors, royal and commoner alike, absolutely speechless. Since opening to the public in 1926, the site has been home to the city’s natural history museum, with a collection of nearly 750,000 specimens of birds, insects, and plants. The mansion’s calendar is full of special events, guided tours, and family activities. Skip the long lines by booking online. By using our Nottingham holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Wollaton Hall, Gardens and Deer Park and other attractions in Nottingham.
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  • Went on a 'secret tour' of the hall getting behind the scenes look and historical commentary. I have not looked at the old place the same way since. They don't do many of those tours but seek them out...  more »
  • Park is lovely, park around the back and avoid the parking charges. Grounds are great any day of the year. The halls are a bit dated, museum is ok but more of a gimic.  more »
  • Stunning old stately home surrounded by a beautiful park with a lake, stables, gardens and free roaming deer.  more »
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  • For a good day out with the family it's great. Play area for younger children, lots of open spaces for picnics, playing football or cricket and in winter nice slopes to do sledging. The main hall is a free entrance attraction to see natural history exhibits, there is an industrial museum with an entrance fee and a small cafe to get a drink or ice cream. After all that you can have a nice walk around a large lake feeding the ducks or looking at the deer. There is a large carpark but you need a ticket
  • Great free facilities near Centre of Nottingham. Small parking fee. Often lots of extras and special events. Plus usual play ground, parks, natural history museum and house.
  • Excellent for a walk around the grounds, lake, and deer parks. The hall is well known from the Batman movie. Only a 15 minute bus ride from the city centre.
  • I have been to the Wollaton Hall and Park countless times, it is great for anything from taking your loved one or visiting relatives for a walk, running, chilling, taking photos of deer and squirrels, playing ultimate Frisbee... Visits of the Hall are free and its Natural History museum is well worth your time!
  • Beautiful historic parkland right on the outskirts of the city. The Hall is an exceptional example of Elizabethan architecture by the same architect as Hardwick Hall and Longleat. The gardens are home to the peaceful Camellia House: the earliest structure of its kind in the world. The parkland has herds of red and fallow deer that you will see as you wander around. There is a Natural History Museum in the Hall, and the Nottingham Industrial Museum next door. The coffee shop serves a great range of cakes, and in Sundays you can book to have tea at the vintage tea room in the Hall. An absolute gem of a place. Free to visit and cheap parking.