Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
Wollaton Hall is an Elizabethan country house of the 1580s standing on a small but prominent hill in Wollaton Park, Nottingham.
Wollaton is a classic prodigy house, “the architectural sensation of its age”, though its builder was not a leading courtier and its construction stretched the resources he mainly obtained from coal mining. Though much re-modelled inside, the “startlingly bold” exterior remains largely intact.
The Hall also houses Nottingham Natural History Museum.
The Hall has formal gardens and a small walled botanic garden. The surrounding parkland has a herd of deer, and is regularly used for large-scale outdoor events such as rock concerts, sporting events and festivals.
Guided walks and tours of the house and grounds are available.
Nottingham City Museums and Galleries
Nottingham boasts a fine history and cultural heritage.
Papplewick Pumping Station
Papplewick Pumping Station was built between 1882 and 1885. Using two James Watt & Co beam engines it pumped millions of gallons of fresh, clean water every day to the rapidly increasing population of industrial Nottingham. Today, thanks to the endeavours of The Papplewick Pumping Station Trust, a Registered Charity dedicated to the preservation of the Pumping Station, and the enthusiasm of the volunteer members of the Papplewick Association, you can experience the most spectacular, preserved water Pumping Station in the British Isles.
The Pumping Station is Now protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the highest preservation order that can be bestowed upon a site in England. The Trust holds regular steaming events throughout the year (including tours of the underground reservoir), wedding ceremonies and education visits. The income from these activites helps the Trust continue the essential preservation of this important site for future generations.
The Pumping Station is open on Sundays for static displays and holds eight steam events during the year including its popular 1940s event in October – see the website for dates and times.
The DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum
8a Victoria Street, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, NG16 3AW
T: 0115 917 3824
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-4pm
Admission by guided tour only, booking advised
This authentically recreated miner’s cottage is the birthplace of world-renowned Nottinghamshire author D.H. Lawrence. Visitors can experience the humble beginnings of the controversial writer who scandalised the literary establishment. Entry is through timed admission which includes a guided tour explaining the fascinating early life of Lawrence.
In each room, there is meticulous attention to the style of the period, so that it really does transport the visitor back in time. From the parlour to the attic, everything appears just as it would have been in a Victorian household. A great experience for all, whether you are a Lawrence fan or not.
This charming, award-winning museum also includes an exhibition featuring pieces such as his original watercolour paintings and his headstone!
The museum is also your starting point to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside, which inspired so much of Lawrence’s work, and the Blue Line Trail; an urban walk taking you by other points of interest relating to Lawrence.
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