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. Plan a trip to Nottingham easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • Had an exhausting but lovely time at the dinosaurs of China exhibition along with Andy's Dino Club day and getting to meet the man himself - ANDY!!!!!!!!!!!! My daughter got to learn about the differe...  more »
  • We came to visit the hall with my teenage daughters. Not being overly bothered about the dinosaur exhibition (especially at the inflated prices for the 'special event') we thought we would visit the h...  more »
  • I have visited the hall many times and always enjoyed it, however the most recent visit was to see the fantastic Dinosaur Exhibit. The hall has the honour of being the only place the exhibit is being ...  more »
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  • I adore this place, the scenery, the sites and the Deer's! The only downer is all the off the leash dog's that are everywhere. Granted we are a country of animal lovers but for those that are not great around dogs, we should at least be given some space. Sometimes this little thing can take away from the enjoyment of such a lovely place. To make it clear I have nothing against dog's themselves it's the dog owners more then anything, please keep your pets on a leash.
  • Really nice park to walk around or bike around. Good adventure playground for kids which is fenced off. Good to be able to see deer quite close up. Lots of trees and a big hill to run up and down going up to the hall. £5 to park all day.
  • Lovely gardens, lakes and wild deer. Imposing Elizabethan mansion given over to a natural history museum. Lots of displays both inside and out. Nice cafeterias both in the courtyard and down near the children's large play area Well worth a visit.
  • A great free resource for all the family. (Apart from parking charges). Probably the best free children's play park in the city with a new cafe being built adjacent. Some great walks around the lake and formal gardens. Watch out for rutting Stags at certain times of year, best viewed from a distance without dogs present. Placid deer herds grazing all year round. It's a lovely piece of countryside right in the heart of the city.
  • Although there were not many exhibits at the dinosaur exhibition, there was a lot of interesting information given about each one. There were some items which were suitable for smaller children. A special mention must go to the attendants, who were unfailingly extremely helpful. The grounds of Wollaton Hall are definitely a five star attraction. I do, however, think that it's a shame that the hall itself is not accessible to children over the school holidays unless they pay the pricey entrance fee to the dinosaur exhibit, as there are a lot of interesting things which are normally available to see, birds, insects and animals.

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