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Dark Knight Rises

Gary Oldman in filming at Wollaton Hall

In 2012, Wollaton Hall was chosen by Warner Bros as the set of Wayne Manor in the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. The latest installment in the franchise by Director Christopher Nolan, has seen Christian Bale, Gary Oldman and Anne Hathaway all appear in filming at one of Nottinghamshire’s most loved visitor attractions.

Yet Nottinghamshire’s links to Batman go much further and deeper than The Dark Knight Rises. When the American historian Irving Washington picked up on tales of the Nottinghamshire town of Gotham and applied it to Manhattan, it would set off a close association that would ultimately lead to the setting for Batman.

In the 1200s the inhabitants of Gotham near Long Eaton feigned insanity to prevent King John from travelling through the town. If the King were to travel through, the town would become a public highway. Hence we have the mad men and women of Gotham and the backdrop to the Batman stories.

Wollaton Hall is open to the general public and you can go there to see the beautiful Tudor mansion set in 500 acres of deer park. Enjoy a stroll around the parkland or take a tour around the Hall, including the Prospect Room with panoramic views of the city. The Hall is also home to the local Natural History Museum and in the courtyard you’ll find refreshments and at weekends, an Industrial Museum.

You’ll also find some family events at Wollaton Hall, itself home to many bats, later in the year. Bats are fascinating creatures and we’re very pleased to have our fair share in Nottinghamshire. Maybe you could seek out a real life bat cave at Creswell Crags? They often organise bat walks where you can see nocturnal residents as they come out to feed at nightfall.


The Dark Knight Rises is a truly outstanding film, you can see a trailer from YouTube above. Experience some more of the Batman magic at Wollaton Hall and around Nottinghamshire.

    • Wollaton Hall

      Wollaton Hall

      A magnificent Tudor mansion house set on the outskirts of the city. Find out more about the location, events and what to see and do.

    • Gotham

      Gotham

      The town that created a small storm in the time of King John and then ended up giving its name to Batman's beloved city.

    • Creswell Crags

      Creswell Crags

      Dating back to the ice age, this place is full of caves and a haven for bats. Learn more at the ice age exhibition or take a cave tour.

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Special offers

  1. Dinosaurs of China exhibition

    Dinosaurs of China exhibition

    Take advantage of a wide range of special offers as you explore this unique dinosaur exhibition at Wollaton Hall.

    Please note that all offers are valid throughout the duration of the exhibition (from 1st July till 29th October 2017) unless otherwise stated in individual terms and conditions.  

    Click here for the printable pdf version of our special offers

    Click the image for a downloadable, printable pdf, or browse the offers below.

    From: Thursday, 27th April 2017

    To: Sunday, 29th October 2017

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