To provide you with the best experience, cookies are used on this site. Find out more here.

Allow cookies


Dinosaurs of China: Ground Shakers to Feathered Flyers

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG8 2AE
Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 0115 8763100

Add Dinosaurs of China: Ground Shakers to Feathered Flyers to your Itinerary

Dinosaurs of China: Ground Shakers to Feathered Flyers


World-exclusive exhibition which has arrived in Europe for the first time! Visit Wollaton Hall now to see the story of how Dinosaurs evolved into the birds of today.

From Saturday 1 July till Sunday 29 October 2017

Click here for special accommodation offers during Dinosaurs of China
Click here for food, drink and events offers during Dinosaurs of China

The University of Nottingham, Nottingham City Council and the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing are bringing a unique dinosaur exhibition to Nottingham in the summer of 2017.

Featuring fossils and specimens never before seen outside of Asia, the exhibition, hosted at Wollaton Hall, with an additional satellite exhibition at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, brings to life the story of how dinosaurs evolved into the birds that live alongside us today.

The exhibition includes the best preserved dinosaur fossils from anywhere in the world, not just the bones, but also soft parts including skin and feathers. Many of the species are new to science, only discovered and named in the last 20 years, and some as recently as 2015.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is the Gigantoraptor, which at 4 metres high and 8 metres long is the largest feathered dinosaur ever found. The Gigantoraptor will be accompanied by numerous other dinosaur specimens, such as the flying Microraptor, a close relative of Velociraptor which has wing feathers on its arms and legs.

The prime exhibit for the show is the Mamenchisaurus, which would have stood as high as three double decker buses and will be on display in a rearing pose that will be the full height of the great hall inside Wollaton Hall.

The specimens featured in the exhibition were discovered and studied by leading paleontologists in the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, one of the world’s leading paleontological institutions and part of the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences, which has close links with The University of Nottingham.

The collection will be on loan from the Paleozoological Museum of China, Shandong TianYu Museum, and the Dinosaur Museum of Erlianhaote in Inner Mongolia. In addition to the feathered dinosaurs, there will also be specimens of some the largest prehistoric creatures ever found in China.

Access for all tours:

On Tuesday 5 September and Wednesday 6 September between 5 – 7pm, Dinosaurs of China will host relaxed visits for children on the autism spectrum and their families, friends and carers. On Thursday 7 September, there will be tactile descriptive tours for visitors with visual impairments. Friday 8 September will include relaxed visits for people with access needs who may enjoy visiting at a quieter time. 

Further Access for All tours will be arranged dependent on numbers.

You can sign up for our exhibition email newsletter here to find out the latest news and updates.  

Interested in sponsoring this exhibition?



Guide Prices

Ticket Prices: £7.00 per adult, £5 per child.

(School parties £3.00 per child)

Preview event tickets for 1 July 2017 are priced at £9.00 per adult, £7.00 per child.

Opening Times

Sorry, this event has passed

Map & Directions



  • Booking essential - Please book via the website - www.
  • Indoor Event

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Free parking only when the park is closed to visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre - Wollaton Hall is located just outside Nottingham city centre.

Follow Us


Download the exhibition leaflet
3.1 Mb

Download the exhibition leaflet

Download the exhibition leaflet

6 Mb


Mamenchisaurus infographic

1.1 Mb


Offers on food, drink, and events to Dinosaurs of China

381 Kb


Dinosaurs of China Accommodation Offers

Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader

What's Nearby

  1. Father's Day Wollaton War

    15th June 2014, Tours at 12.30pm & 2.30pm - £5 per person

    Go behind the scenes of and...

    0 miles away
  2. Jurassic Diets & Sleeping Giants

    Head to the Natural History Museum, to enjoy interactive activities about fossils, and...

    0 miles away
  3. Printing By Hand

    Have a go at printing the old fashioned way, by hand! For 4+ years. £2 per person - cost...

    0 miles away
  1. Santa Paws at Wollaton Hall

    Treat your dog this Christmas with a special visit to Santa Paws in his doggy Grotto at...

    0 miles away
  2. Perfect Weddings Vintage Shabby Chic Wedding Fayre

    Sunday 5 October 2014 from 10am - 4pm

    Meet with quality suppliers who will help to...

    0 miles away
  3. Poet Tree -Wollaton Hall

    Children are invited to gaze at our magnificent ancient trees and let their creativity...

    0 miles away
  4. Park Lantern Tours

    Experience the eerie stillness of Wollaton Park after hours, on a special lantern lit...

    0 miles away
  5. The Story of Robert Blincoe

    Sunday 11 August 2013 2pm

    Experience the story of the real-life inspiration for Oliver...

    0 miles away
  6. Heritage Open Days - Wollaton Hall & Deer Park

    Heritage Open Days at Wollaton Hall.

    0 miles away
  7. The Dark Knight Rises - Summer Outdoor Film Festival at Wollaton Hall

    The Dark Knight Rises - Summer Outdoor Film Festival at Wollaton Hall, Sunday 30 August...

    0 miles away
  8. Cassandra’s Christmas House Tour at Wollaton Hall

    Cassandra’s Christmas House Tour - Friday 9 December 2016

    Celebrate the start of...

    0 miles away
  9. Halloween Steaming Spooktacular

    Family friendly fun for All Hallows Eve, with dressing up, arts and crafts, torch-lit...

    0 miles away
  10. The Woolly Tellers - Christmas at the Hall

    Experience some traditional yuletide yarns and beautiful heart warming stories with The...

    0 miles away
  11. Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea

    14 Feb

    12pm - 3pm

    £15 Per Head

    Join Lazy Daisy's Vintage Tea Party for a...

    0 miles away
  12. Noah's Ark Fun Run

    Saturday 4th July 2015

    Noah's Ark Fun Run

    Whether you’ve an inner bee, pig, chimp...

    0 miles away
  13. Meet the Ghosts of Wollaton Hall

    This tour brings in the stories of real encounters with the unexplained ghostly...

    0 miles away
Previous Next


Wollaton Hall and Park, NottinghamSpectacular Elizabethian Mansion and Deer Park set in the beautiful suburbs of Nottingham. Car parking £3 for up to 3 hours and £5 for the whole day.

Street Art

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Join Our Mailing List
Events | Top Attractions | Special Offers | Competitions
Join our weekly or monthly newsletter for the latest updates from across the city and county
No, thanks