Question – where does Batman live? Wayne Manor in Gotham City, right? Actually you might be surprised to learn that the Dark Knight’s house is right here in Nottingham.
Wollaton Hall to be precise. It’s the location used for the iconic manor in the mega-blockbuster Batman films from the 2010s, and as you’d expect, it’s an imposing sight in real life.
Built in 1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby, a big noise in the coal industry, its distinctive look is the product of an architect who pushed the boundaries of the time. Spend time walking its mesmeric grounds including the botanic garden, home to a welcoming herd of friendly deer.
There’s over 500 acres to explore so be sure pack a picnic. Superhero fans can also follow the Bat Trail where you’re challenged to uncover where The Joker is hiding – great fun for the little ones.
The hall itself is free to enter and boasts several museums, including one opened in 1926 devoted to natural history, with over 75,000 fascinating items. While here, check out the restored Tudor Kitchens, Admirals Bath and beautiful Prospect Room right at the top of the building. The two free tours each day are well worth your time.
Turn on the bat signal and get ready for an adventure.