Wollaton Hall, Gardens and Deer Park, Nottingham

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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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  • I visit the park at least 3 days a week, to walk, run or just have a read. It's beautiful, peaceful and my favourite place to spend time. Worth a visit if you like fresh air, deer, big old buildings o...  more »
  • Loved this Hall & gardens. Museum was very interesting with lots of great exhibits. Lovely walk round lake follows by a coffee & cake from the restaurant. A good place to go for an afternoons walking ...  more »
  • I love walking here in the summer had my first date with my now wife. we go back to the tree we sat under on our first date and reminisce. love the wildlife  more »
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  • Fantastic place for a day out. The hall itself is very majestic and can be seen from a distance. Lots of open space to play games or just lounge in the sun. There is a kids play area for the little ones, a cafe, shops and often ice cream vans. The hall is open throughout the year with various exhibitions, some paid. There are also formal gardens a lake and a large deer park where you can often see the deer roaming. Plenty of parking on site and quite reasonably priced at just £4 all day.
  • 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 wild deer, but don't get too close. There is a large carpark but you need a ticket. During the year there are many events like fair rides, antique fairs and other marquee functions
  • Beautiful deer roaming free, lots of different types. Magnificent historic hall contains natural history museum. Unusual steam museum in the old courtyard. Pricey cafe, not always friendly to the dog owners who they encourage to use the outdoor seated area.
  • Fantastic wide open landscaped parkland...deer trotting around periodically...water feature...lots of trees and atmosphere...loads of walks, runs and circuits to be done by keep fit bods...natural history museum...and that's before you realise that it's also Batman' s house from "The Dark Knight". The House itself is fantastic. Not in the same band as Chatsworth, but well worth a visit - and free entry! The guides are helpful and friendly and the whole place is family-friendly. The ceiling in the main hall is well-worth the time to look at. Fascinating...
  • Fantastic place for the whole family and even dogs. Weather it's for a jog or picnics or just time out, it is the place to go. Lost of events all so tale place here throught out the year and it as a big lake to walk around gardens wildlife and even dear to look at. Good side kids park for the kids and a museum to look around in the big house.