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Published January 26th 2013
Serene snow-covered hills and a grand historic hall
Outside of the busy city centre of Nottingham is an old country hall surrounded by acres of gardens and picturesque countryside. Wollaton Hall is now a recognisable attraction due to playing the role of Wayne Manor in the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, but it has always been a local favourite for its natural beauty and scenic walks.
The inclines around the hall make it a popular site for sledging in the winter and the area is always filled with families, snowmen, and the occasional snowball fights. If you don't have children or fancy a quiet walk rather than hurtling down a hill, the best thing to do is follow a path away from the hall toward the duck pond at the far end of the grounds.
On a snowy day, the lakeside path is usually deserted with only the sound of snow dropping through the trees and ducks splashing nearby. It's the perfect place to enjoy a bit of solitude and natural beauty before heading back out into the busy urban areas.
Wollaton Hall is open all year round and entry to the building and grounds is free. Opening and closing times vary throughout the year and are available at the Nottingham City Council's website. Information about events and activities celebrating the hall's role in the Batman film is also available at the official website.