World exclusive exhibition

Wollaton Hall

A spectacular Elizabethan mansion and deer park just three miles from Nottingham city centre...

Wollaton Hall is one of the country’s finest Grade One listed Elizabethan mansions, set within 500 acres of spectacular gardens and beautiful parkland with free roaming deer.

At Wollaton Hall you’ll experience stunning architecture, exhibitions, a packed events programme and an array of wildlife within the park.

The Hall was designed by Robert Smythson and built by Sir Francis Willoughby between 1580 and 1588 for his family. It now houses the Nottingham Natural History Museum along with period room settings.

Visitors will also find Nottingham Industrial Museum on site as well as the Yard Gallery (open for special events).

You can also visit the café in the courtyard for light refreshments, speciality teas and homemade cakes.
The Hall was recently used as the setting for Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film - The Dark Knight Rises. 

Wollaton Hall website

Dino-Explorer Zone 

Exhibition ticket holders can also visit the Dino Explorer Zone in the formal garden where you can test your dinosaur knowledge with puzzles and games. 

Amid the ambient sounds of pre-historic earth, below swooping pterodactyl skeletons, families with children aged 0-12 will find fascinating and fun activities exploring dinosaur food, fossils, footprints, feathers and faeces!  The range of free activities includes;

  • Moulding, rubbings and digging for fossil replicas
  • Posing in our dino-booth or with fun dina-noses
  • Constructing miniature dinosaur worlds with natural and modelling materials
  • Find out what your dinosaur name is
  • Identify the dinosaur coprolites (pooh!) with our giant poop-a-scoop
  • Relax in our quite zone on a colourful mat and cushions with puzzles and books
  • Pose in dino-photo booth or wear a dino-mask for fun photo opportunities to share 




Wollaton Hall
0115 876 3100