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Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey Park, Ravenshead NG15 8NA, England
01623 455 900
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Ranked #2 of 2 Attractions in Ravenshead
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: Originally built in 1170 as an Augustinian priory, this became the ancestral home of poet Lord Byron.
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Derby, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A fascinating variety of different 'feature' gardens developed over many years by the successive owners of the Abbey and covering quite a large area, mainly easily accessible although some sections are apparently only accessible by steps. Make sure that you ask for the leaflet covering a 'tour of the garden', which includes a plan and will help to navigate your... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was a perfect way to spend a summers afternoon. Car park poss appears high (around £6? I think), but with 6 in car, we decided that was £1 a person. Couldn't see much inside the building unless you pay and the shop was okay. However, we lovely walking the grounds and the lake, and the tea shop was excellent.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Recently went to Emergency Services Day at Newstead Abbey 31st August. To get the first review out of the way the Abbey is very pleasant, a nice walking experience and the upkeep is good. Well worth a visit for a picnic and exploring the outdoors further. Not a wet weather venue. The Emergency Services day was very good in parts... More

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Although I haven't had the pleasure to visit the remaining internal parts of the abbey, I would certainly return to this place. The gardens are beautiful and different from the majority of properties like this one. I would recommend the Japanese garden and also to adventure yourself in the surrounding woods. The lake is not immense but still a great... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
39 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

First visit since I was little. I had remembered it fondly and it didn't disappoint. Lovely gardens, lake and park land. Beautiful collection of trees. The abbey was closed as it was a weekday, but you can walk all the way around the outside so you get a good view. Loved the gardeners sculptures in the rose garden. Well worth... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Took 2 hours to get in the place and 2 hours to get back out. Normal time would have been 30mins. Great event but the carpark access is awful. Won't go there again for an event unless they sort that out.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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109 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Went here to see an outdoor performance of George's Marvellous Medicine and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The location is very interesting and although we did not get inside the house the architecture is fabulous. The house is set in some beautiful parkland with lakes and we wanted to explore more than we were able. We will definitely make a... More

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Rivoli, Italy
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87 reviews 87 reviews
42 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I visited Newstead Abbey on a sunny summer afternoon. This place is absolutely amazing: full of history, literary « romantic » memories, a glorious landscape of gardens, a lovely lake. There’s a nice shop full of postcards, books and crafts. It’s the perfect place to sit on a bench or relax on the grass, just enjoying the stunning location.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My husband, son and I went to Newstead Abbey today and had a thoroughly good day. We looked around the house which was incredibly interesting and the gardens were lovely. We were lucky that there was also a mini fete there so we enjoyed a tombola and BBQ. Would definitely recommend this as an ideal day out got any age... More

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
45 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I told my cousin I wanted to check out old historical places so he brought me to Newstead Abbey. And I was amazed with the cross section of history this pace had. And my best bit of astonishment was it was Lord Byron who had lived here! Note to self, do a little more research prior to finding these treasure... More

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