Didn’t we have a lovely time…….. the day we went to Wollaton Hall!

I have been meaning to put this post up for over a week now but life has just taken over. Things just seem to have been really busy – I’ve been feeling really tired and run down, I haven’t really done any activities with the littlies and I’ve had a lot on my mind (more of that in another post!). So I am finally going to blog about our day at Wollaton Hall.

English: Wollaton Hall from Morris's Seats of ...

English: Wollaton Hall from Morris’s Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen (1880). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, England completed i...

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, England completed in 1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby by the Elizabethan architect, Robert Smythson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was born in Nottingham and lived there for the first few years of my life. Then as a child we only lived about 20 miles away and a lot my family were in Nottingham so we used to visit here a lot when I was young. Indeed my aunt and uncle now live a few minutes walk from one of the entrances to the grounds. My most vivid memory as a young child is a giant giraffe in the entrance to the Hall. This is still there but in a different location now!

Wollaton Hall is an Elizabethan Grade 1 listed mansion set in 500 acres of gardens and parkland. It  is about 3 miles from the city centre and is easily accessible by bus and car. We travelled by car. Entrance to the park and hall is free which is fantastic when you are a family of 6 like us – days out can prove to be very expensive! Parking is very reasonable too – £2 for 3 hours or £4 for the whole day. We had packed a picnic so apart from ice-creams for the children, the car parking was our only expense of the day.

Ice-creams!

As it was threatening rain with dark clouds looming we decided to start off in the Hall.

This is a very grand and impressive building both inside and out. But the children were more interested in the natural history museum – exhibits include a variety of taxidermied birds and game heads,  insect and mineral galleries and the natural collections gallery (look out for the duck-billed platypus and a giant anteater!). The hit of the day though was the Africa collection including the famous gorilla and giraffe specimens!

Look behind you!!

Look behind you!!

There are also different period room settings including a Tudor kitchen.

Acting like the lady of the house!

The grounds are extensive and beautiful and there are many deer roaming around. You can quite close to them for stunning photographs – I suppose they are quite used to people roaming by. We spent about an hour and half walking around and stopping for a picnic.

      Deer, oh deer

There are wide open spaces and beautiful flower gardens – when we went they were a mass of vibrant colours.

2013-05-04 13.53.14          Flower power

All in all, I would definitely recommend a visit to Wollaton Hall. It is somewhere you can go time and time again and they have a varied calendar of events throughout the year. It is also suitable for disabled visitors (see the link at the top of the page for more information).

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