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Nostell Priory and Parkland

Address: The National Trust | Doncaster Road, Wakefield WF4 1QE, England
Phone Number: 44-1924-863-892
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Wakefield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: 18th-century architectural masterpiece with landscape park and gardens, built on the site of a...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 18th-century architectural masterpiece with landscape park and gardens, built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years. Commissioned by Sir Rowland Winn in 1733, James Paine built the house. Later additions by Robert Adam created exceptional interiors.Visitors can explore 121 hectares (300 acres) of parkland with a range of walks and views. Gardens include lakeside walks, a newly planted orchard and an adventure playground.Inside the house, see a collection of Chippendale furniture made specially for Nostell. Paintings by Brueghel, Hogarth and Kauffmann. A John Harrison (Longitude) longcase clock and an 18th-century dolls' house. The restored Butler's Pantry is also open to view this year.Don't miss find the mouse in the 18th-century doll's house. Discover masterpieces by Chippendale, John Harrison and Brueghel. Enchanting menagerie garden, pleasure gardens and developing vegetable garden. Wear the children out on the play trail. Lose yourself in the extensive rolling parkland. Take a guided walk through the park - Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays

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Wolverhampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The small,delicious church,(not owned by Nt) is absolutely unmissable;full of superb old painted glass,wonderful wooden carvings and with such a fascinating story to tell! We were offered free mince pies and coffee by the caring volunteer caretakers . DO NOT MISS!

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York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We visited as I had booked for my daughter to see Santa. The experience was really good. Nicely laid out and no queueing. We then visited the house which was lovely and lots of activities for children. My daughter loved it. Worth a visit. Lovely grounds and great playground.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We went last year in the summer and it was a geat family day with a picnic. Descent walk too! take bread too for the ducks..

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I have very mixed views about this outpost of the National Trust empire. First of all apart from Snowshill Manor I do not think I have come across a car park so far from the house. Its very badly thought out being about 4 times the distance the old car park was and then its £3 to park- do not... More 

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Leeds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The house, which is only open at weekends at this time of year, has as its Christmas Theme Christmas Day 1871. There is a very informative leaflet and the volunteers have endeavoured to decorate rooms in keeping. The highlight for me was a display of "Gingerbread Houses" which had been made by volunteers. It demonstrated to me what a variety... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This a great day out for all the family,The house is beautiful and worth visiting .There is a garden centre with a great choice..They also run different events throughout the year.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Visited today to see the house dressed for Christmas. The national trust gave done a splendid job and the house in dressed for the arrival of Queen Victoria in 1871. The dining room in set for Christmas Dinner and looks great. The guides are all friendly and answer any questions you may have. The shop is selling nice Christmas presents.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Regular visitor and cannot recommend enough. Staff are always warm and friendly and nothing is ever to much trouble.

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York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

Visited midweek so unable to visit the house. Large grounds, children's play area, and lakes. Pleasant walk, saw a heron. Formal walled garden past its best as winter. Large banana plants outdoors, do they fruit? Standard NT shop. Pleasant cafe, freshly cooked bacon and sausage sandwiches. Must come back when the house is open!

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Smashing for young children to play. Really good climbing, swinging, sliding and more to keep small and older children stimulated and exercised. Terribly expensive if you are not a National Trust Member. They are not keen on dogs, though. Common with the majority of NT places.

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