Wollaton Hall's 'hidden history' tours give visitors unique access to iconic building

Explore the Tudor kitchens and basement in Wollaton HallExplore the Tudor kitchens and basement in Wollaton Hall
Explore the Tudor kitchens and basement in Wollaton Hall
You’ll get to see inside spaces such as the basement and Tudor Kitchens 

Wollaton Hall is offering visitors the chance to “hear the tales” and “discover the characters” of the iconic building with its hidden history tours this year. 

The tours, which will run between January and November, are set to offer access to otherwise off-limits parts of the country house

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Taking in spaces such as the basement and Tudor kitchens, visitors will get a real sense of the hall’s 430-year history. 

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Wollaton Hall was built between 1580 and 1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby, a wealthy industrialist and coalowner. 

The hall was bought by Nottingham City Council in 1925 and opened as a museum in 1926. 

Access to the hall and surrounding park is free, although tickets for the hidden history tours are priced at £12 for adults (under 16s go free). 

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The tours run daily at 11am and 2pm, with tickets available from the hall’s shops and cafes. 

Those requiring an accessible ticket should email [email protected] three days in advance. 

The route to the Prospect Room includes a narrow spiral staircase, which would generally not be included in an accessible tour. 

The full tour includes up to 300 steps.