Leyton’s Mumma Says …
On a slightly fresh Wintery morning we were looking for places to walk the dogs and baby, and came across Wollaton Hall and Deer Park. Completed in 1588 the Hall looks impressive from a far and up close,
so it is no wonder it was chosen as Bruce Wayne’s Manor in the Batman Dark Knight Rises movie really.
It’s a beautiful backdrop to take some photos of your little ones running up and down the little slopes and acres of grass, but we tended to take a fairly regular route following the gravel and tarmac paths around which was very pushchair friendly.
There are also tours of the Hall, Galleries and Period Room settings you can walk round if you’re feeling particularly historical…. On our first visit we felt like having more of an outside adventure and wandered away a few hours walking around some of the 500 acres, formal gardens and even saw lots of deer and the Stag on the golf course too! I truly didn’t know how vast it was!!
We will definitely be going back as didn;t get chance to see everything, and have already recommended it to our other dog walker friends and Parent friends alike. (We let the dogs off the lead to run and they had a great time too!) Can’t wait to go again as it gets warmer and make the most of picnics as well as friendly games of football with the toddlers. The Hall itself also host lots of events throughout the year and is fairly close to Nottingham City Centre if you were to incorporate your visit into a day out of other Robin Hood / caves/ museums/ castle activities!
We took our usual snacks (flask of tea and biscuits for us, water, fruit and goodies for Leyton) to have part way through the walk but also found a delightful little café in the courtyard (next to the Hall) which was great later on to top us up with Hot Chocolate.
By the car park there was a big play area although looked mainly aimed at older kids, and there’s also a large lake if toddlers want to feed the ducks 🙂
Generally a great day out for all ages – babies who are happy in pushchairs will have plenty of distance for you to push them, older toddlers who start to get annoyed with pushchairs can have plenty of distractions with the lake, park, hall itself and galleries completed with gorilla (!) … and then big kids can actually start to take all that info and history in. If you go along, please let us know how you got on!
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars
Value for money 5/5 (It only cost £2 for all day car parking, and refreshments were reasonable)
Pushchair friendliness: 4/5 (Good paths, just step hills sometimes)
Scenery: 4/5 (Lake, formal gardens and acres of woodland and paths. Great views.)
Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
0115 876 3100
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