Wollaton Hall and Park

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Wollaton Hall and Park
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Wollaton Hall is one of the country's finest Grade One listed Elizabethan mansions, set within 500 acres of beautiful parkland. Experience stunning architecture, exhibitions, a packed events program and an array of wildlife. Go behind the scenes on a variety of guided tours available throughout the year and on demand for groups. Other special events include hidden history tours, spooky Ghost Nights (not for the faint hearted!). Visit the Cafe in the Courtyard or near Wollaton Park playarea for light refreshments including freshly ground coffee, specialty teas and home made cakes.
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Barbara1407
Enfield, UK68 contributions
Dec 2021
Booked to see the Wollaton Christmas lights as we were staying locally for a Festive Break. Never previously visited but thought it would be a nice thing to do whilst holidaying.

We have been to several light shows in the Home Counties, this show compared very favourably. The lights were incredible, the atmosphere magical.

Yes Kew is bigger - but it's also far more expensive and to be absolutely honest, I preferred Wollaton!

The complaints about car parking strike me as unjustified. Yes, we had quite a walk but it's been like that or a longer walk at all the light show venues we've been to.

Well done Wollaton, if / when we are next in the area at Christmas Light season, we shall certainly return.
Written January 5, 2022
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birgiss
Ripley, UK155 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Booked to take my 4yr old on new years eve as thought it would be a nice kid bedtime friendly alternative to new year fireworks.

Easy to book and was pleased there was a booking system with limited tickets per slot. However, we did the first non vip slot and the car park was already really busy on arrival and when we came out, it was chaos on the parking front with cars parked all along the entrance and exit roads. In my opinion, it was overly busy inside the event too which made it difficult to maintain social distancing. There were queues at the light tunnel and star walk - about half an hrs queuing in total at these.

It was nice having a couple of hot drink huts along the walk, bit overpriced but always is at these kind of things. I was quite shocked at the cost of marshmallows for toasting though..... £3 for a skewer with 4 std size marshmallows, that's some mark-up! Could have done with a toilet block on the route too.

The lights themselves were really fantastic, congratulations to those responsible, a real triumph. The star walk was especially beautiful and the animation on the hall at the end was magical. We also loved the animals, especially the large deer and also the rainbow light tree.

All in all a lovely way to end the year.
Written January 1, 2022
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Vicky
Leicester, UK2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Gorgeous decorations, fantastic staff but too many tickets sold per time slot!

We booked our time slot online to visit - we understood that these time slots were created to keep the numbers of visitors to a certain level which would allow for easy movement and help cut down overcrowding.

We arrived at 6pm 28th December to a packed car park which made us realise that this was going to be a busy event.

The staff were all lovely and all wearing masks. Polite notices to wear masks and to social distance were visible before entering. Boxes of masks and large bottles of sanitiser were available for people to wear and use on entry. However, only 5-10 percent of visitors were wearing masks whilst we were there and staff and security were not asking people to wear them. Don’t get me wrong, in an outside area where you can easily socially distance, this wouldn’t normally be a problem but- it was packed! And, because it was so packed, there were long waiting times from start to finish as visitors took photos. We were stuck in the overcrowded tunnel and on the star bridge for ages as we couldn’t get passed people which meant that we couldn’t really enjoy the lights and atmosphere.

The organisers had tried their best and had even created specific areas for photo taking to allow flow of traffic but visitors were still selfishly taking photos anywhere and everywhere which created a bottleneck in many areas of the park.

Sadly, that was most probably, our first and last visit to Christmas at Wollaton- unless of course there is better ticket sale management in the future. For, even if there wasn’t a pandemic, there were just too many visitors allowed per time slot to make it enjoyable- such a shame.
Written December 29, 2021
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Linda B
32 contributions
Dec 2021
I took my daughter to see the Christmas lights at Wollaton Park on Christmas eve and have to say it was the most amazing experience ever as it really captured the magic of Christmas - much needed during this never-ending pandemic. The trail featured a walk along an enchanted woodland path with illuminated forest animals, magical multi-sensory laser beams and mystical smoke effects, starlit tunnels, hanging stars and ethereal giant flowers. The trail ended with a spectacular light show projected onto Wollaton hall itself, and if that wasn't enough we were treated to an appearance from one of Santa's reindeer just as we were leaving! Truly an amazing and magical experience and one that I will treasure for a lifetime. Expensive, but worth every single penny.
Written December 25, 2021
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Dr Aitken
Newark-on-Trent, UK30 contributions
Dec 2021
I have lived local to wollaton hall for many years.
This year’s display is fantastic. I visited a similar display at Kew Gardens . Wollaton,s display was by far better, and less money.
Written December 24, 2021
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Mountainbike1618
Chesterfield, UK22 contributions
Dec 2021
We were a party of ten on a return visit to see the lights following last years experience . There were queues but we didn’t mind waiting to enter as we chatted as we walked . The staff were polite and pleasant despite having to stand or sit in the cold and rain and very helpful when asked questions .
As for the light display who doesn’t love it . Hours of work and pre planning must go in to organising this display without having to contend with covid restrictions .

For our group though we missed the fire displays and changing lights in the tunnels . The displays as magnificent as they were seemed to lack something. No surprises and the dreadful music which although “moody” was so depressing. The finale at the house then continued with the same music leaving us in no more a festive mood.

There were few stalls offering food but more were required to keep the crowds moving
Written December 23, 2021
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Richard
Nottingham, England104 contributions
Dec 2021
The organisation of this event was brilliant! Ok, we had to queue to get in but it seemed quick and that people knew what they were doing. £3 to park but I was made aware of this beforehand. The lights themselves were absolutely incredible and so many of them all different shapes, sizes and colours etc. Well worth the entrance fee and will definitely go again next year. On exit we were after a bite to eat but sadly this let the evening down!! £6 for 5 hallloumi fries and a teaspoon of chilli sauce plus £4.50 for a few Mcdonalds style chips and synthetic cheese (that synthetic it didnt even melt over the fries) I felt was a con. I recommend this event but recommend only going if you are not hungry!!
Written December 21, 2021
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Cheri831
Nottingham, UK165 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Visited for the Wollaton Hall Christmas Lights event. Really badly organised - they've sold too many tickets for each time slot so the queue was so large we didn't even get through the entrance until 40 mins after the admission time we'd booked. There was not enough security to manage the queues - only one member of staff, so people were pushing in and very cramped together - didn't feel covid safe at all. Then when you finally get into the attraction you have to queue at different points because there are too many people e.g. a 20 minute queue to go over the star boardwalk.
Written December 21, 2021
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,806 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Visited Wollaton Hall for the Christmas lights, improved on last year's event and well worth buying a ticket and attending, some inventive displays, puts you in the Xmas spirit
Written December 19, 2021
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Steven D
Southend-on-Sea, UK1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
Expensive 45 minute walk to lead you into an expensive Christmas market. I mean the lights are good, but not at the price point for a family. A decent garden center is just as nice to walk around this time of year. save your money, after this experience didn’t feel christmassy just ripped off.
Written December 17, 2021
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