About Wollaton Hall
Designed by Robert Smythson and built from Ancaster stone for 16th century industrialist Sir Francis Willoughby and his family in the 1580s, Wollaton Hall is a genuinely jaw-dropping Elizabethan mansion of spectacular proportions. It was described as ‘the architectural sensation of its age.’
A classic ‘prodigy house,’ a term for ostentatious palatial-style homes built by courtiers and described as ‘noble palaces of an awesome scale’ and ‘proud, ambitious heaps’, Wollaton Hall sits in 500 gorgeously-manicured acres of Nottinghamshire countryside.
Admission to Wollaton Hall is free although guided tours at midday and on the hour until 3pm cost £5 for adults and £4 for concessions. If you’re brave enough, you can even Meet the Ghosts of Wollaton Hall on a real-life night-time ghost tour…
The Natural History Museum is packed full of incredible sights including fossils, birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, bugs, beasties and creepy-crawlies as well as their famous Africa Gallery!
If that wasn’t’ enough to pack in, you’ll also find the Nottingham Industrial Museum, the Steam Engine House and the Yard Gallery all on-site with great programmes of ever-changing events for the whole family.
Wollaton Hall Park’s formal gardens and the small walled botanic garden aren’t open all the time but if they are open on your visit, don’t miss them and the beautiful deer that parade up and down.