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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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lincoln
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
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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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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A pleasant enough visit if a shade on the boring side, dark rooms full of antique furniture and untitled paintings, 30 minute wait for access due to a wedding running late, mundane souveneir shop, best part is the gardens and parkland, otherwise not for me.

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39 reviews 39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We called in on the way home from Yorkshire Wildlife Park and had Family Membership, it would have been rude not too ! It was a glorious afternoon and the rolling fields and lawns with fabulous multicoloured cattle was true relaxation for the eyes. Great for kids and the adventure playground had some quirky gadgets that even enticed the grown... More

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WELWYN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We sought out this property on our long journey home and whilst the food was typical NT, though seemingly without cooked meals, only bloomers or baguettes, soup and sandwiches, we were disappointed with the Priory. Whilst an imposing building full of Adams, and Chippendale rooms and furniture it is kept largely dark. Accepting this may be to protect the contents... More

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This stately home is charming and elegant, we really enjoyed our visit which was made all the better by the staff who gave us an insight to life there and about the members of the family. In each room we learnt more and more about the house, its décor, furniture and past inhabitants. AS expected it is set in lovely... More

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is one of our favourite places. It's got something for everyone in the family. Owned by the National Trust the cafe is lovely, there's a superb adventure playground for children, the house is very interesting and there are gardens and parkland and woodland to amble around with a variety of wildlife and interesting walks. Overall a really great day... More

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