This is one of England’s finest urban parks complete with deer and only a few miles from the city centre of Nottingham. The centrepiece is the spectacular Elizabethan Wollaton Hall which is open to visitors and is free. The hall was used as Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” with Christian Bale in the main role. There are two museums at the hall and on a warm sunny day, there’s nowhere better within the city to while away some time. Make sure you walk around the grounds too as you don’t realise just how vast the park is until you do. Getting to Wollaton Hall & Park will require a bus or taxi journey from the city centre. This is an extract from our free Nottingham City Guide.
Inside the hall there are stuffed animals everywhere as this is the city of Nottingham’s Natural History Museum. We were far more interested in the building itself though and there are some areas like the main hall pictured above which have been restored to look how they would in the time when the Willoughby family lived here. There is also an introductary audio visual film which gives some of the history of the hall. This place is an absolute gem, and it felt like the city council didn’t known what it had got. We wanted the whole place to be laid out as a country house! It seems such a waste that so much of it is a museum which could have been housed in any building. We would also have liked to see more of the hall’s rooms. Nevertheless, it’s a lovely place to visit and the Batman connection will surely bring many more visitors.
The Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” was filmed here in the summer of 2011. Filming took place over 2 weeks, mainly at night for the garden party scene with hundreds of extras who were sworn to secrecy. A number of daylight scenes were filmed for the movie too. At the time, the people of Nottingham did some star-spotting with Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine all being seen around the city. Wollaton Hall was chosen as Wayne Manor because it resembles Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire in the UK which was used in the first Chistopher Nolan film, “Batman Begins”. In that movie, the plot saw the house destroyed by fire and Bruce Wayne then pledged to re-build the family mansion. This is the trailer for the movie which features a glimpse of Wollaton Hall…
Wollaton Hall is open daily from 11am to 5pm (April to October) and 11am to 4pm (November to March). Admission to the hall and park is free but a car parking charge of £2 for 3 hours or £4 per day applies.
LOCATION & CONTACT
Address: Wollaton Hall & Park, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2AE
Tel: +44 (0) 115 915 3900
Wollaton Hall is 3 miles to the west of the city centre and can be found by following the brown signs from the A52 or the A6514. From the M1 take junction 25 and follow the signs. The postcode for your sat nav is NG8 2AE. A number of buses serve Wollaton Hall, for more information please call 0115 950 6070 or visit Traveline Eastmidlands.
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Wollaton Hall – Official website (Nottingham City Council)
Wollaton Hall – Wikipedia
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