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Nostell Priory and Parkland

The National Trust | Doncaster Road, Wakefield WF4 1QE, England
44-1924-863-892
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Ranked #7 of 21 attractions in Wakefield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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 « less
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We visited Nostell Priory for an 80's music night. The main house and the grounds are just beautiful and a lot bigger than you first think. Families could easily spend the day there, with ample parking, a gift shop and cafe. Very safe and off the main road, you will see people flying kites, cycling, wildlife watching, kids exploring etc.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited Nostell Priory for the first time and are so very glad we did. The grounds are a pure delight, and even though we didn't have children with us on this visit we did note the 'children's adventure playground' and though it ideal for all children of all ages. The House was magnificent, and although we didn't do a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We have been before but we had the chance to go again this week, it was a Tuesday and we arrived around 12:30, parked in the car park ok and wandered down to the stable block and went into the cafe, no problem with seating and the wait was only a few minutes, the menu selection is a little odd,... More

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Northampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A beautiful house, in beautiful grounds built on the site of a former monastery, we arrived in time to book to go on a tour. Our tour guide was very informative and it was very interesting to go round as a small group (15 people). At 1pm the house is open to people to wander round and look for themselves,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Suprising how large the house is the grounds and house are beautifully kept and friendly staff make a difference. Was a bit concerned about the farm garden area( next to fountain area) as it seemed unmanaged and overgrown in areas . The kids play area is great and lots of space for them to run around or have a picnic... More

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Normanton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Love the walk followed by the cream teas. Great adventure play area for the kids, feed the ducks and swans, take a picnic. A great day out

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Derbyshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We called on a Tuesday when the house wasn't open but we were able to walk down to the lake and had a peaceful sit watching the swans and ducks. Staff in the shop were very helpful. We'll go again andf do the house next time

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leek
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We have been to Nostell before some time ago, but had not properly viewed the house. We arrived just before 11am and we advised by the buggy driver that there was a house tour starting at 11am. We made our way to the house and met Dorothy a lovely lady who was our tour guide, there were only four of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great in the sun or rain! It's got a house and gardens you can look around and a walk down but the lake. With family, friends or couples it's relaxing and calming!!!!!

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Our visit coincided with Armed Forces Day celebrations, and it took us over an hour to queue to get in off the Wakefield/Doncaster Road. The National Trust need some logistical advice on how to handle traffic for large events. It was a shambles. Suggest you avoid here on future if there is any hint of a large event on!! Once... More

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