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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 #6 of 22 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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Manchester
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Designed by Robert Adam, Nostell Priory is a magnificent mansion in the neo-classical style, filled with treasures by important figures of European art. There is Chippendale furniture in abundance, pictures by Hogarth, Kauffman and Brueghel the Younger and the copy by Rowland Lockey of Holbein's Sir Thomas More and his Family (original now lost). However the car park is pay... More

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Fort William, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

A huge mansion set in lovely parkland, a real surprise to me as this part of Yorkshire has always seemed to me to be covered in "chimney pots" with little in the way of green space. The house itself is very imposing as you walk up to it. I really recommend getting booked on one of the guided tours as... More

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This place is just huge. Nicely set out with lots of volunteers in each room that are more that helpful in giving information about the house and history. The grounds look lovely too but we didn't get to see them as it was raining. Well worth a visit especially if National Trust members.

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Leeds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The UK has so many interesting old houses and parklands. Nostell Priory may not be the grandest but it's certainly well worth a visit. The house itself is wonderful, full of interest and some pretty impressive works of art. The grounds - gardens and lakes - are great for walks. Highly recommended.

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Leeds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

As new national trust members this was out first visit. We arrived just in time to take part in the last guided house tour of the morning, they held the tour a minute or two so that we could fill the last two places, ideal as it have us time to visit parts of the house that only opened as... More

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lincoln
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Lovely house, friendly and welcoming staff, nice restaurant, shop. Huge area of parkland and nice gardens.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We dropped in on our way to a family gathering as we wanted to make a day of it. Unfortunately the rain prevented us from exploring the gardens but it did mean we spent more time than usual exploring the house and it was well worth it. It took a while for the penny to drop with us but we've... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I have visited here many times over the years and usually enjoy the park and outdoor areas. As I have my electric wheelchair or scooter it is pretty good. It has accessible parking and toilet and fairly good surfaces, as well as a lake which I like. I am a National Trust member so I get in "free" and it's... More

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Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The house and grounds are gorgeous and well worth a day out. The house has an interesting history that you can learn about as you walk around. The grounds are varied and invite you to wander around and enjoy them. There are good facilities at the house, including a lovely café (serving a great cream tea!)

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Glossop
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Me & my partner have never visited a NT property before as we were in the mind that they were over priced and toffee-nosed!!! We drove over 75 miles not knowing what to expect (Sunday drive) we were blown away not only by this beautiful house & gardens but by the NT. Firstly the price, we paid £24.00 to access... More

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