Newstead Abbey
Newstead Abbey
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Originally built in 1164 as an Augustinian priory, this became the ancestral home of poet Lord Byron.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • JimSym
    Manchester, United Kingdom17 contributions
    Newstead Abbey is a must-vist if you're anywhere near Nottingham
    Our visit could have lasted all day as there is just so much to discover about the Wicked Lord, Lord Byron the Poet and all the Sir John Byrons. Fascinating stuff. The only slight fly in the ointment was the tree that Lord Byron the poet had written an ode to (Ode to an Oak) had been removed - too old, I guess. However, they're putting a replacement in for it!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Sylvania W
    1 contribution
    Truly sublime!
    I visited Newstead Abbey last Saturday and can honestly say it was truly sublime! The Japanese Garden in the shade of the trees with its waterfalls, stepping stones and antique stone lanterns from Japan is a tonic for the soul! I visited the Abbey itself just after opening time (11am) and upon reaching the first floor, spoke with the Guides in attendance who were lovely. They actually introduce themselves to you as you move into different parts of the house and their enthusiasm and passion for the history of the Abbey and gardens is infectious! One lovely lady actually offered to accompany me into the inner courtyard (not usually open to the public) where the Friars used to sit and pray. Apparently, the peacocks make it over the walls and into the garden where they feast on the newly planted flowers! The gardens were truly stunning in the sunshine and it was a pleasure exploring them. It's a good 20 min walk up the driveway to the Abbey from the entrance gate, but its scenery is a sensation and the soothing birdsong will lull you into a state of total bliss!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 14, 2023
  • GoingGuide
    Nottingham, United Kingdom1,203 contributions
    Relaxing coffee and cake
    Great place to visit and explore the heritage of the Byron family. Set in beautiful grounds, including a range of garden designs plus magnificent lakes. Cafe set in courtyard offers hot/cold drinks and cakes plus a range of lunches suitable for various dietary requirements, including gluten-free and vegetarian. Ideal place for families, couples or individuals to visit. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Izabela W
    Nottingham, United Kingdom161 contributions
    Another lovely visit
    I visited Newstead Abbey few times, and always find it very relaxing and good for my body and soul.At any time of year. On very hot Saturday, sitting on grass and eating ice cream,.perfect. Water lilies in full bloom, early morning, when it's not too busy-just lovely.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Jason Plant
    Clay Cross, United Kingdom12 contributions
    Fantastic day out.
    Fantastic place to vist and dog friendly. They have a lovely park for the kids. Lovely walks around the garden and a lovely Japanese style garden as well. There is plenty to see and do and the staff are very friendly.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • British H
    8 contributions
    Newstead have done it again!
    This is the 3rd year in a row we've been to see the Christmas display and thought how amazing it is. This year they are doing Narnia and what an amazing job they've done. As a family we usually visit 2 to 3 houses during Christmas and Newstead always stands out, for one we can all go as a family cheaper than one of us can to the other better known houses. The display is always more enjoyable because you follow the story of the particular theme they've gone with. In some of the other houses you go in and leave without an understanding of what the theme actually was. If you only want to visit one house at Christmas forget the bigger over commercialized houses and come to Newstead. Well done to everyone involved 👏👏👏👏👏
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Daphne E
    Nottingham, United Kingdom51 contributions
    A great Christmas experience
    We visited as a family to see Narnia. We arrived at 10.15am had a lovely warm drink and cake and went into the house at 11am. Admittedly we were obe of the first people to enter but had no problems with viewing displays and the children of 10 and 6 wete also fascinated to see displays connected to Lord Byron. Excellent contributions by students from Nottingham Trent University. A wonderful experience. !!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 30, 2023
  • swillis2016
    Plymouth, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Beautiful place to visit
    What a beautiful place to visit! We were lucky enough to make time to visit the Abbey during the 'Narnia experience' after Christmas and it was amazing. The whole family, adults and children loved it. The effort put in to make it special was brilliant, staff must have worked hard at this. We spent an hour and a half in the Abbey but it really flew by! We hoped to have had a coffee and cake but the cafe was very busy.. our loss! Next time! Would recommend to anyone in the area or travelling to to take time to visit. We will be back in the summer to explore the gardens and enjoy a picnic. Thank you!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 1, 2024
  • TrudyWeb
    Nottingham, United Kingdom17 contributions
    A great day out
    The Narnia/Christmas experience was yet again a great delight! Such thought, skill and detail had gone into every aspect. Our 3 grandchildren ages 10, 6 and 3 thoroughly enjoyed it too explaining details to the rest of the family later. Well done to all the students and staff who had worked so hard, a lovely day out, great value too.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Sarah C
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom4 contributions
    Great place, but sort out the attitude of the member of staff in your cafe!!!
    I love visiting Newstead, it’s one of my special places and has a unique atmosphere. The only reason I’m deducting a star is due to the attitude of one member of staff in the cafe when I visited today. To be clear, the younger members of staff are fab and really helpful, but the woman at the pay point was abrupt and rude. I’ve seen several other reviews citing problems with staff in the cafe and wonder if it’s the same person. Customer care plays a huge part in the whole Newstead experience. So, come on Newstead, make sure your customers are being treated well or at the very least, make sure your customer-facing staff know how to crack a smile.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 13, 2024
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Kevin D
Nottingham, UK923 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Being a regular visitor to national trust and historic house properties, we thought we would give Newstead Abbey a try.

What a lovely surprise to find the property and surrounding grounds and gardens as good as many of the fore mentioned.

Fascinating stories of Lord Byron and his time spent at the Abbey, the volunteers in the rooms were very informative especially one gentleman who had something to say about every painting or piece of furniture.

Well worth a visit, and we will be back in summer to take another look at the gardens.

Only complaint is the £6.00 parking charge which is a complete rip off.
Written March 4, 2020
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Laura H
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Jun 2020 • Family
We came for a morning walk on a drizzly Wednesday with our 6 month old. Lovely grounds with lots to look at and entertain the little one. Social distancing has been set up for the toilets and coffee shop. The lady working from the coffee shop window was so cheery, very helpful and made my day! Even through a face mask and Perspex window she made it feel like a normal morning out. It’s definitely worth the £6 parking charge which you pay with contactless from your car as you drive in. We’ll be visiting again soon.
Written June 4, 2020
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RBo
Loughborough, UK6 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Myself, my parents and my 3 children visited on 18th October 2022.
We are frequent visitors to the Abbey and love walks around the gardens.
We were looking forward to a nice hot drink in the cafe after our walk but unfortunately it ruined our lovely day.
The hot chocolate was not hot and tasted so bad that I couldn’t drink it. After letting a staff member know, I was told that “they cannot change it just because of the taste”. I could however order a different drink but I would have to pay another £3.50 for it, which would mean that my hot drink would have cost £7 in total!
It is expensive to take 6 people for a coffee and we do see it as a treat, so it’s obviously frustrating when you’re paying so much for poor hot drinks.
But more than that, it was the attitude of the staff that was more upsetting. Rude, unfriendly and absolute zero effort made to resolve the situation of an unhappy customer. They simply didn’t care.
The 2 customers next to us also said their coffee was cold but didn’t even approach the staff to tell them as they had heard the rude response that we had got from them.
I would suggest some customer focussed training for all that were working in the cafe on the afternoon of the 18th.
We will return to the Abbey but never the coffee shop again. Take a flask people!
Written October 19, 2022
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pacificislandjane
Parksville38 contributions
May 2021
The grounds are stunning, perfect for a family picnic. The facilities are woefully inadequate, having to queue 15 minutes to use the only toilet facilities which were gross, and the cafes had very limited and very expensive offerings. Take your own food and drink, you will save a fortune. The house was interesting, but we felt the £10 admission fee was excessive on top of the £6 parking charge, and there's no concession for retired people.
Written June 1, 2021
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Ali_shep1
Clipstone, UK38 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
On a freezing cold morning the scene was set for the Narnia adventure that you’d expect to be a full of fun for children (aged 3-8). With hindsight the fact it was free to children should have pre warned me but at £12 per adult I thought the council had encompassed this. The trip around the house started by being ushered into the first room then being shouted at by a woman who told us it was vital to listen to a narrative. She then continued to talk over it. The room was also noisy with other families and the volume was very low. I hardly heard more than a sentence. The decorations were not very impressive - even to the younger member and there was little that enthralled them. The walk through the wardrobe was a door with clothes over it. - hardly magical! We were then shouted at whilst taking photos of the children with weapons that were provided for this purpose. If you’re interested in seeing the house do go ahead but if you’re taking children I would hesitate. Clearly staff/volunteers didn’t see this as a child event and some were not child friendly at all. Nice to see the cafe with more choice again.
Written December 2, 2023
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Dmitry T
Houten, The Netherlands33 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We have being really pleased with this historical place. On one hand impressed by the old beautiful buildings of the Augustine monastery dissolved by the King 8, on another Byron’s atmospheric interiors and books. Funny enough, you may dress like Byron, authentic cloths are available :)
Written February 8, 2020
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK5,865 contributions
Dec 2020
Once you've parked up there's paths and gardens to explore. It's best to download and print the maps for the gardens and also for the several signed walks to get the best of your visit. These are on the Newstead Abbey web site.

First stop, of course, the cafe for a takeaway coffee and cake - Christmas Cake included this time. Then off on the "Long "Walk" shown as 1.6 miles in the leaflet. We'd not done this before and so it was an exploration of the countryside around the Abbey. It was very muddy in places but we had our boots on so OK.

Back to the Abbey and cafe for lunch - how can you resist a Turkey and Cranberry Panini? Christmas coming again!

After lunch we wandered around the various formal gardens. The map was useful here to check we'd covered most areas. We paused for an interesting chat with the gardener in the Japanese garden and then wandered through various previously unexplored pathways back to the car.

We stayed just over four hours today - we tend to stay longer in places nowadays as you can't go to many places and it's good to get the most from those you can.

All in all a good day out in a safe and friendly environment.
Written December 14, 2020
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katduza
Derby, UK80 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Visited over the weekend and was incredibly surprised.
Who ever runs their website, is really underselling it because this place is HUGE.
Each room was beautifully presented and very well maintained by staff, who seem to really love where they are and are very happy to give clear and wonderful info. It was a joy to see how excited they were to share stories and information about which ever room you were in.
Guides are understaffed though and therefore unable to show all their rooms but what there was, and there was a lot, was fabulous. Items for Byron were displayed, along with rooms you could walk into and admire. Fun little rooms at the end with interactive aspects like dressing up and thoughtful presentation on the black experience. The first poem by the entrance stairwell hit me hard, as did the one referencing the man in the fireplace panel.
Gardens were beautiful and well maintained, you can see the love the FoH/volunteer people have for their work space.
The cafe was lovely, clean and had many seats. Bathrooms were very clean. The food was very good, best omelette I have had in ages.
Two coeliacs in our group, and though they had run out of GF bread, were happy to offer the vegan chilli (Which our non vegan teen said was very tasty) and the omelette instead, both well presented and in good portions for hungry people.
I knew nothing about Byron when I went in, and now feel well educated and very happy we visited.
Excellent prices, we are not well off and did not feel like we paid too much. Good value for money and affordable.
Parking is separate, £6 at the time, and gives access to all the gardens which are also huge with accessible pathways which can be navigated by most disabilities.
House has many stairs and levels, not wheel chair friendly but being historic building, to be expected.
Nice large shop at end of tour (And start) which has a large variety of gifts and some duck food which is recommended for the swans who hold you hostage.
Grounds open at 10, house at 11 with last access at 3. We spent almost the whole time there and could of happily spent much more.
All in all, brilliant place, lovely staff, beautifully maintained with caring love.
Nottingham council have a gem here and really need to update their website on this, it deserves more visitors.
Written January 30, 2024
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hazejo
Chorley, UK11 contributions
Jun 2022
What a wonderful place to explore. Went here knowing the house was closed (wedding) for a walk around the grounds with our dog. Stumbled across the Japanese and rock gardens, what a marvellous place to explore! Each path we took was an adventure, bringing you out in a different place. If this garden was formally laid out and manicured, it would be completely spoilt - it's stunning just the way it is. At a cost of £6.00 per car it is excellent value for money. Loved it!
Written July 2, 2022
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK5,865 contributions
Jun 2020
As we're now venturing out a little further we decided a trip to Newstead Abbey would be good - and it was.

We arrived early and that was the best time as it became more busy as the morning went on. It was good to wander around places like the Japanese Garden and the formal gardens before there were too many people.

As we were leaving around noon it was busy and not all people were observing proper distancing. Some large family groups taking up all the path width and meaning that others had to move off to be safe.

Having said that it was a great morning and you just need to keep your eyes on your surroundings to keep safe. The toilets are open with a queueing system and there's a drinks window open too.
Written June 2, 2020
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