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Nostell Priory and Parkland

The National Trust | Doncaster Road, Wakefield WF4 1QE, England
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Ranked #6 of 22 Attractions in Wakefield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW 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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9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

We loved the house and spent hours exploring the woods and gardens on the estate. Inside the house we found all the volunteers really friendly, informative and welcoming, and the rooms were all beautiful. Only downside was that parking wasn't free and we got lost trying to finds the Obelisk monument, but next time we'll bring a map and pay... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This trust property has very good access to the house via ramps and a lift to access the upper floors. Most rooms are accessible and very interesting. There is a long push from the car park but it is mostly flat. This house is very accessible and well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Interesting. It's lovely to see the nature aspects of the trip and it''s a great way to get your family outdoors

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Ive visited Nostell many times but this time we (husband and son) took a guided tour. Lucky for us we got 2 ladies as guides who were a brilliant double act. They added stories and interesting facts about the family into the tour. The house is amazing - it's history and architecture a real mix which adds to its history.... More

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

Visited during schools half term, with four year old grandson who always enjoys the parkland walk, and loves the play area. The cafe has a good selection of cakes and sandwiches. Pity National trust don't have the occasional early morning or late afternoon/evening opportunity for photography, the parkland and lake area would surely provide interesting sunrise and sunset scenes. All... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

than a Priory. House looks pretty bare on the outside but inside the rooms and art and furniture are the total opposite. Free to art fund members (& national trust). The walk from the car park to the house is about 10 mins, tickets are bought in the stable block, which houses the café also. The room guides (volunteers) were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Well worth the trip out. Took grandkids off for a long walk and picnic. Picked plenty of conkers and ran around playing silly games but had a brilliant time. Did not go in the house with the grandkids but have been before and well worth the visit

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

The play area for kids is excellent. Nothing spectacular but just a nice day in the outdoors for young children and there always seems to themed days in the school holidays.

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