Wollaton Hall and Park
Wollaton Hall and Park
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural 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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  • david n
    United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour of hidden Wollaton Hall
    Have visited Wollaton Hall numerous times over the last 50+ years with it's dear, park land, lake and museum, but never had a tour around areas normally under lock and key. The 1 hour tour explores areas that are not normally open to the general public. Our tour guide Gwen was excellent, full of knowledge, great sense of humour and real enthusiasm for showing people around the hall. We saw the Prospect Room (with amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside), the Tudor Kitchens, the Cave and Admiral’s Bath as well as going outside on the roof. Well worth the £12
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Nezzi R
    Coventry, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to spend 3-4 hours
    Found this almost by accident when visiting the local area. Initially seeing that parking was £5 per car I was a little frustrated, but OMG it’s more than worth it. Big playground for the kids, access to toilets, deer roaming around freely, lots of quiet spots for a picnic. The free museum is absolutely fantastic!! Lots of interesting things to see and learn about, interactive things for adults and kids, gift shops, cafes and gorgeous picture opportunities.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Wander30179108441
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prepare to be amazed
    The natural history museum is utterly amazing and astonishingly free. Titus, the T. Rex skeleton is awesome. Exhibits of extinct and near extinct species is humbling. All surrounded by orginal 18th-19th Century wall/ceiling paints. Travel through time in feast for the eyes and an adventure for the mind.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • xoxo
    United Kingdom119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good visit, dears roaming!
    Normally a free visit but when we went, there was an exhibition on and we were charged as they would not allow access into the building. Would go again but only if its free. Parking is £5. You can also take a stroll through the park and see deers roam free! Bring your own food and have a picnic.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written September 2, 2023
  • 266KTF
    Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overdue visit
    It's years since we visited here and we even turned in the old gate but found the golf course instead. After a u turn found Wollaton further down the road. The Natural History museum is worth a visit, lots to see. Park is vast and the gardens are beautiful. Not given full marks. The expensive cafe was disappointing. Two bottles of water and two flapjacks £10. We guessed this would be the case though so if you do want food, take your own. £5 parking for all day was acceptable as entry to the hall is free.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Sarah C
    Gloucester, United Kingdom893 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and different!
    Have to admit that we came here because we were in the area with a couple of hours free, but we were delighted with our visit. The Disappearing World exhibition is just fascinating, and the Natural History collection is stunning. I guess some will be put off by the stuffed animals, but they should be seen as much as a record of 19th Century science. Aside from the building and it contents, there are extensive grounds for walks, and the impressive resident deer are unperturbed by humans getting close. And it's all free! Only negative (aside from my underwhelming tepid milkshake) was having an extra fee added to the parking charge because I had no coins and had to use the phone app. Why not offer contactless card payment?
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • RogerD57
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Place
    Its been a long time since I last visited this venue (over 50 years) but I found it better than I remember. The exhibitions were first class including the Willard Wigan world of miniatures this was mind blowing. We ate in the cafe and found that very nice and not very expensive. Fantastic grounds and the Deer just roam around taking no notice of you. All in all an excellent day out if you find yourself in or near Nottingham.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Scarlettraveller
    Brisbane, Australia141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    I had the best time at Wollaton Hall. I booked the 11:00 tour and ended up being the only one on it! My tour guide Gwen was so full of knowledge and we had a great time together. They kept the tour really informal but focused on the hidden history of the hall. The tour is completely worth doing an absolute must as you get to go to all the hidden places in the hall. The café are all very well stocked and reasonably priced.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 17, 2023
  • James H
    Hong Kong, China63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit place in Nottingham
    Though it was a cloudy afternoon, a couple of hours of walk in the park was a very pleasant experience. You can park your car near the Wallaton Hall, then walk around the Hall building. Heading down from the stairs near the Hall and walk towards the pond, there were dozen of wild deer welcoming you (remember to keep distance from them). The park was not crowdy at all and the view is great. A must visit place in Nottingham.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
  • JoJo S
    Derbyshire, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wollaton Hall
    My daughter lives in Nottingham so we are regular visitors to the park, but this time I took my grandchildren (8 and 10) to the house and we all had a really enjoyable time. Miniatures upstairs were fabulous and mindboggling. Although the T.Rex exhibition was closed for refurbishment. We ended up doing the 2PM Hidden History Tour because of the bad weather. £12 per adult kids were free. Tour lasted an hour and was really interesting. Our tour guide, Ella, knew so much about not just the history of the hall and the Willoughby family, but of the history of Nottingham aswell. We were very impressed. Prior to going we had no idea the public could access the roof, or that there were kitchens and a tunnel. The time flew by but it was a little sad to see parts of the building in disrepair.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 17, 2023
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Birdwatchingbabe
Leicester, UK6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Went to the Titus exhibition on the 5th July and if you don't own a smart phone/iPhone you cannot pay for the car park. If you are elderly and don't own a phone then you have to walk up to the shop and pay but then have to walk back to put a sign in your car window, then walk back again. Most people without smart phones are elderly and cannot walk too far so all this walking backwards and forwards is very tiring. There are no notices on the machines telling you where to pay!! Then if you want something to eat there is nowhere to sit and eat it, so the elderly then suffer again by having no where to sit!! There are lots of steps and slopes so don't recommend it for people with mobility problems. The exhibition itself isn't as good as the chinese dinosaur exhibition, its a very small exhibition and not much of the original animal is there, so you are paying basically to see a replica T.Rex! We love museums and fossils but wouldn't recommend visiting this one, better off visiting the Natural History Museum or the Cardiff Museum which is brilliant.
Written July 6, 2021
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We are sorry to hear about difficulties experienced when visiting, though thank you for taking the time to message - we appreciate your feedback. We are operating contactless payments and takeaway service, as part of our safety measures for covid enabling us to keep the hall & park open as much as possible. We aim to be as accessible as possible as a venue, and operate a number of accessible routes, including the path from the main car park to the top of the Hall, through the courtyard and to the lake. Within the Hall, we have a platform life, and an additional lift, meaning that visitors can access the basement, ground floor and 1st floor of the hall without the use of stairs. We are currently reviewing the signage on our car parking machines, over the next few weeks, to make it as clear as possible about the options available to pay for parking online and in the shop & cafe, so will keep your feedback in mind. Kind regards, Wollaton Hall
Written July 12, 2021
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fonzie61
Nottingham, UK88 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Put some of the vast amount of money made parking in a disgusting dusty pot holed car park back into making into how it was thirty-five years ago!! Nice swing park and good fishing.. All paths and fencing was kept nice & neat. Also a cafetiere with decent prices. Now we have none of this. The gates have been made by a blind carpenter and a disgrace. The pathways are eroded away & no surprise somebody was stuck in a bog a couple of month ago. All the fencing is broken down even in the deer areas. Green algi filled Lake in the summer that is a quagmire in the winter around the path. Toilets are a disgrace!! 6 weeks ago we had a gathering and went to the toilet and even though charging full price for parking there was not a single toilet open ne it by the house or by the playpark.. 7 toilets closed!! Yesterday being Bank Holiday Saturday we had a meeting at 13.00 and very busy with jungle book on so would imagine the cushy staff being very busy!!! No not at all just pottering around on there little truck telling people to move so they could rob people for parking yet again on the grass. 14.30 there were 5 toilets open by the play park but by 5 pm every toilet was shut but a disability toilet so people were in the bushes and mums with kids doing the same but guess what still charging full parking price!! shame on the typical greedy council!! Go to Derby marketon Park that has cafetiere nice parking clean and well run and puts the money back into the park not into some numtys pocket.!°°°
Written May 31, 2021
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mick r
Derby, UK52 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
Me and my family went to Wollaston Hall for the "Christmas lights", first I would like to say.... It looked nothing like was shown on the adverts or when the news channel's were there! Very expensive for what it really is and the £3 parking is abit of a joke this should have been included in the price of the tickets. Stupid staff at the parking area waving their green light's only to come back around them again and them laughing at you only to show you the same route as the first. With there being a pandemic going on..... You are so crammed in with lot's of people who also think it's OK not to wear face masks even with all the signs saying to do so, and useless "Showtec Security" covering the event not asking or informing people to please wear your face covering. You follow a little path like cattle and you always get backed up because stupid people want to take a photo of a light bulb. How this place has been allowed to run like this, is beyond me. For the price you pay for the tickets and being rammed in like cattle...... I would say, stay away and don't waste your money or health. Way over priced.
Written December 22, 2020
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Recent guest
Nottingham, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Parking is diabolical You can only use a card or phone neither of which is easy Took 10 mins trying to work out what to do then gave up and walked to the cafe where there was a queue to pay for a parking ticket The counter assistant said that they had hardly sold any food as all customers wanted was a ticket. Not everyone can or will pay with a phone. 20 minutes out of a 2 hour slot to get a ticket
Then went to the fair in the grounds for another rip off £10 spent for grandkids in about 20 minutes and the crazy golf was pathetic
Another sorry mess by Notts City Council
Written August 30, 2021
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MexicoTribe
Nottingham, UK24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
I feel I’m going to have to echo many of the comments already made. Let’s be fair, the lights are fine, probably won’t blow you away, you may well have seen better, but it’s okay and there are some nice ideas. The real problem is the price, parking, and utter lack of any awareness that there is a pandemic. Let’s start with the price. It’s expensive for what it is and probably should be about half. The parking is interesting. We nearly got directed all the way from the entrance to the exit by the numpties waving their red and green sticks around. Did find a nice bit of mud to park in but for the parking charge they could at least provide a tow out and pressure wash at the exit. It’s not exactly thought through. Finally and probably the most critical part of this review... social distancing. Well, I guess they are short of cash because it has been massively oversold. Be prepared to risk a nice two week COVID holiday after being herded along the route with the other cattle. It’s not socially distanced, and the staff have no intention of even pretending to follow COVID regulations, it should probably be shut down.
Written December 20, 2020
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RJ A
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Wollaton Hall is a typical museum with a children's play area and a fairground a few hundred yards away from the Hall.
Currently, the key attraction is the T Rex and its history but the rest of the offering is stuffed birds and animals.
There is a lack of signage to be able to find anything but, having been there previously, we had some idea of where things are.
The main criticism is the lack of adequate management of the parking arrangements. There is plenty of it but all the pay machines have been taken out of action and payment, £5, can only be made by walking to a shop which is away from most of the car park or by telephone.
The play area was fine, quite a lot of equipment for all ages but the fair is expensive and there was a certain amount of queueing to access a ride.
Signage to find the Hall was scarce and, at the turning off the ring road coming from the north, there was none.
The management of the Hall could do better.
Written August 14, 2021
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Mel R
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
THANK YOU. This year I lost my Gran to covid, had a baby, lost my 16 year old terror and my business is shut. I have been coming to Wollaton hall for 40 years, my whole life. To see it looking so, so beautiful was just amazing and mesmerising. I felt like I was walking through a dream and my 8 month old daughter absolutely loved it. I spoke to a Marshall who said it took 3 weeks to get all the lights up. If you want to look at the lights it's not expensive, if you want food it adds up so eat before or bring a flask.
Written December 10, 2020
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birgiss
Ripley, UK288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Andythebaggie
Birmingham, UK3,103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Visited here on a wet and cold January day, this precluded me spending much time in the park area looking for deer, which was a pity. Also the industrial museum which was a major draw to me was closed as well. The house itself is worth visiting, although only one room was displayed in a way you may traditionally expect. The vast bulk of the house is turned over to a very old skool natural history style museum. There’s a big collection from giraffes to insects and fish as well as geological exhibits. I couldn’t say it was organised particularly logically, note there are opportunities for younger visitors to interact and play. The historic glasshouse with its music based on the plants within is also worth a look. Entrance to be fair is gratis, so one shouldn’t be too critical. Worth a visit, I wouldn’t return though unless I could enjoy the industrial museum and the grounds.
Written January 25, 2020
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Magikcat
Nottingham, UK30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
As we arrived we were instantly put off by the utter shambles that is the parking. There wasn't enough space for amount of people visiting the event, the carpark was extremely muddy and apart from 1 person with a green light, no one was at all interested in organising the parking. This has to rank as the worst parking that I've ever experienced. This initial feeling of dread worsened as we saw the huge queue of people, but we kept thinking, maybe once we get in it won't feel so cramped and we might have a small amount of space to feel a bit covid safe. However, once we entered it was worse than we feared and social distancing totally went out of the window. It felt totally unsafe and left us wishing that we hadn't wasted out money, on the expensive event.
Written December 26, 2020
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