Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
Built in 1588, Grade I listed Wollaton Hall nestles in 500 acres of parkland boasting diverse habitats including grassland, wetland and woodland. Herds of red and fallow deer roam free with the lake creating a dramatic contrast to the Hall that overlooks it.
The parkland is used regularly for orienteering, geocaching and popular amongst birdwatchers, photographers and wildlife spotters.
The vast outdoor spaces are also used for large-scale outdoor events such as concerts, sporting events and festivals.
90 red and 120 fallow deer roam freely in the park and have done since the fourteenth century. During the rutting season (September and October), stags are protective of hinds, and during calving season (June and July) deer tend to their young, so we ask the public maintain a safe distance at all times.
Any person, or animal, approaching the deer is vulnerable, as stags will defend their group. We ask walkers keep a safe distance and ensure dogs are on leads at all times. Do not feed, touch, or photograph the animals at close proximity.
Explore Wollaton park with our exciting family trails.
Hunt for clues, find the answers, and claim a prize at the end! Each trail has other fun activities to complete inside.
Trails are available from all shops on Wollaton Park, and there are indoor trails inside Wollaton Hall too.
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants (Geocachers) use an app or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world.
Find and log game pieces (called trackables) on the go with a geocaching app. There are 30 hidden locations on Wollaton Hall and Deer Park to find through the app and keep track of the ones you find.
Orienteering is a group of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain whilst moving at speed.
Participants can find our topographical map here, which can be used to find control points.
Find out more information from the local Orienteering Club for Nottinghamshire here.
Bird watchers are regular to Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, with a bird hide located on the western side of the lake.
The first three hours of daylight are best to spot most birds. Peregrines become active in mid-morning, when the ground warms up.
Waterbirds like ducks and waders are usually seen all day, as well as grey herons.
The roost of gulls are naturally seen best before darkness.
The lake is the perfect place to walk around and look out for local wildlife. Many of the birds spotted in this area include jay, nuthatch, sparrowhawk and even ring-necked parakeets.
At the far side of the lake there is a false Bridge that was a boathouse designed to enhance the landscape.
There have been sightings of Northern Pike in the lake.
The walled garden, situated adjacent to the stable block, is tended to by volunteers of the Nottingham Branch of the Hardy Plant Society
The Botanical garden is open Sundays, 2pm–4pm, April to September.
Plant sales raise money to maintain the garden.
The formal gardens are located at the back of the magnificent Wollaton Hall, and include several statues, a Doric temple, and the Camellia House.
The gardens are used throughout the year for events such as outdoor theatre and private events such as weddings.
The Camellia House is the oldest cast iron framed glass house in Europe, from 1823, and is the only remaining one of its kind in this country.
Situated within the formal gardens, this is an ideal space for wedding pre-reception drinks and wedding photographs. More information on weddings can be found here.
The Camellia House is open most days for you to relax in, with spectacular views over the Park and Lake.
The camellia flowers usually bloom between autumn to late spring.
Get back to nature in the woods and build your very own den.
Use fallen branches and twigs to build a sturdy den, but remember that you need a good foundation before you start.
Remember, please don't cut anything down or damage the wood to construct your den.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming den building sessions with one of our Park Rangers