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How to visit the REAL Wayne Manor (aka Batman's House)


During our trip to Swansea Bay last month I was looking for somewhere to stop off en-route. I am really not a fan of service stations and don't think a clinical and crowded environment and fast food is the best way to break up a journey. We tend to stop at a National Trust place and make use of our membership during road trips but when Penny from Parentshaped mentioned Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, I knew it was going to be the best place for us to stretch our legs. 


Wollaton Hall in Nottingham is where key scenes from The Dark Knight Rises were filmed and the hall is just 5 miles North of Gotham where Gotham City got it's name. I'd say it's must visit for any Batman fans!

The surrounding park is free to enter and it costs around £4 to park all day which is fantastic considering it's location and the facilities on offer. We parked the car and spent around 2 hours exploring the grounds. The hall is normally free to enter but unfortunately, during our visit there was a special Dinosaurs of China exhibition taking place which you had to pay for. If this had been a normal day out I would have paid but as it was just a stop off to stretch out legs, we decided to give it a miss. Trips from a Tot have visited the exhibition if you fancy reading their review here.

Wollaton Park | Play area


Wollaton Park is home to a lovely outdoor play area that is free to visit. It's right by the car park too. You can easily spend a full morning or afternoon in this area alone if you pack a picnic as there's lots to keep the kids entertained. H&H loved the zip wire. apologies for the grey photos - we visited on a very overcast day. 



Wollaton Park | Wayne Manor


Wollaton Hall is instantly recognisable from The Dark Knight Rises and we were all excited to see it in real life. The walk up to the manor from the park kind of builds the anticipation and once you're up close the detail does not disappoint. 





You can walk right around the building and we found a well around the back which we're pretty sure must be a secret entrance to the bat cave.



Wollaton Park | Deer Park & Gardens


Walking beyond the hall there are gorgeous manicured gardens and woodland for you to have a stroll through. There are seats dotted about and it's really a lovely place for a walk - I still can't believe it's free! 



There's also an orangery with an indoor seating area where families were tucking into a packed lunch under cover.




We ended our stroll around the other side of the hall where there was a courtyard that was very similar to a National Trust tea room and cafe. It looked like a nice place to stop for tea and cake or lunch. There are plenty of loos here and a small shop selling plants/local produce ect.... too. 

If you're travelling South (or North for that matter) Wollaton Hall is just a small detour from the M1 near Nottingham. It's around a 3 hour drive from Newcastle so an ideal spot to break up a longer journey. Check out our YouTube video from our visit below:





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8 comments

  1. We love Wollaton Hall. You should definitely try the caves and castle next time you're in the area. I think the kids would love it x

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  2. I kind of like those grey skies. They make it all look so atmospheric and Batman-esque. And you found the secret entrance! Great that so many bits of it are free. Thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids x

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    1. it really is! Such a good way to get kids interested in stately homes too I think x

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  3. Far nicer than a motorway service station, what an incredible place and FREE! Thank you for linking up with #CulturedKids

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  4. Whoa - what a house!! If I ever move to the UK my first purchase will be a National Trust membership, for sure. Never watched Batman, but I can certainly imagine him here. Very interesting read - thanks! #CulturedKids

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  5. What an atmospheric looking place and I agree, it's a great way to get kids interested in stately homes!

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  6. Love the fact you found the way into the bat cave - I really wanted to see the exhibition this summer but we totally ran out of time.

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