Wentworth Woodhouse

Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham: Hours, Address, Wentworth Woodhouse Reviews: 4.5/5

Wentworth Woodhouse
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Europe's largest privately owned house, combining baroque and Palladian architecture, with extensive gardens. Enjoy a self-led experience, a guided tour, or family activities in the house and gardens. A tea room and gift shop both feature local produce.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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MG Manc
England36 contributions
May 2022
We visited the house and gardens and went on a pre-booked Black Diamonds tour around the house (having read the book). The house and parklands setting is amazing and hearing / understanding its history (conveyed via our very able and entertaining tour guide, Emma) really put it into context.
The garden is lovely and we had a beautiful day to wander round. There are deck chairs scattered on the extensive lawns to enjoy the view of the house.
We also had a lovely afternoon tea served in the amazing long gallery. Service was slightly slow but gave us time to enjoy the lovely setting and was worth it when it arrived. Although there is a standard cafe on the ground floor, it was definitely worth booking ahead for the afternoon tea experience.
All in all, a great day out.
Written May 9, 2022
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Jill G
Wakefield, UK11 contributions
Jan 2022
We visited Wentworth Woodhouse today and did the Black Diamond tour.
It was really interesting and our guide Reg was very knowledgeable and informative,
he took us through the mansion house visiting places the general public did not normally go.
Reg took us on a journey through time bringing the house to life and we could really imagine what life was like upstairs and down.
We highly recommend a visit to the mansion house and certainly do one or more of the tours.
We are looking forward to the next tour.
The tea room is the perfect place to enjoy good homemade food and is also inexpensive.
Written January 4, 2022
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TheBookworm78
44 contributions
May 2022
I discovered Wentworth Woodhouse purely by chance, after reading an article online about the Fitzwilliam family. We decided to pay a visit on our way home from York but honestly weren't expecting much given the limited amount of advertising and tourist information about the place. So, I'm happy to report that Wentworth Woodhouse is possibly one of the most engaging, beautiful, peaceful and welcoming places we've ever visited and I cannot wait to go back!

The house and its history are fascinating, and despite the lack of furnishings in almost all of the rooms (much of it having been sold off over the years to cover family debts), it didn't detract from the overall grandeur of the house. In fact, without furniture to get in the way and distract the eye, it was much easier to see the décor of the rooms. Yes, there are very clear signs of decay as you wander around, but somehow these only helped to highlight the grandeur of the building and the need to preserve it.

The volunteers really know their stuff and were quite happy to answer any questions we had about the house and grounds. Netflix were about to start filming something whilst we were there (possibly Bridgerton related, although none of the crew would say!) so it's great to see that Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust are making the most of the building and (hopefully) making some money to put towards future repairs. Historic England were also in residence, working on converting one of the end towers of the house into a holiday let.

As for the gardens... WOW! We spent at least an hour simply wandering around and enjoying the views. We were lucky to visit at a time when a lot of the Azaleas were in flower, adding a myriad of colours to the already beautiful grounds. I would highly recommend a walk to the Ionic Temple, the Punch Bowl and the Camellia House (now sadly derelict but still a beautiful example of a Georgian glasshouse). It really is difficult to describe how lovely the gardens are, so I would highly recommend a visit just for those alone.

Of course, a visit to any stately home wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the café, and Wentworth Woodhouse was no different. The range of food and beverages was excellent, the staff were all very helpful and friendly, and there was plenty of seating spread across three decent sized rooms. They also have a second-hand bookshop which is well worth a look.
Written May 12, 2022
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Ron Berry
6 contributions
Mar 2022
We can highly recommend the Black Diamonds tour at Wentworth Woodhouse. It is excellent value and our guide was excellent. Having had the benefit of reading the Black Diamonds book before our visit our guide really brought the story and history of the house and family to life. He held the group really well with his tales and stories. Absolutely absorbing and fascinating. An amazing story

It was also wonderful that after the tour we were able to go back into the main rooms of the house and visit the extensive walled garden all included in the payment for the Black Diamonds tour, after of course enjoying lunch in the cafe.
An excellent and very enjoyable day. We will certainly be returning over the coming year.

Ron & Tricia Berry
Written March 9, 2022
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MrW777
Lincoln, UK154 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
What a fabulous place. Almost unknown.
Nearly destroyed by death duties and post war open cast mining, this huge house has started a long and expensive period of conservation and restoration. A wonderful story and well worth visiting.
Written June 29, 2022
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JoLibraryLady
Rochdale, UK85 contributions
Jun 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to this beautiful house with its fascinating history, and exciting future plans to become a ‘people’s palace’. Dee, our tour guide, was brilliant - so enthusiastic, eager to answer questions and bring the Wentworth stories to life. If you visit in the afternoon, you can look around on your own, but I’d strongly recommend a tour to get the most out of your visit. Several different themed tours are available at different times, and we will definitely return to learn more. The rooms we viewed, though largely empty and some in need of restoration, are stunning. We visited on a rainy day, so didn’t get to see much of the gardens, which looked lovely. Everyone we spoke to, from the lady who welcomed us at the door, to the staff in the tea room, were so pleasant and helpful. Can’t wait to go back!
Written June 7, 2022
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LadyfromChurwell
100 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Last night we attended the Dickensian evening. From arriving to be greeted by a lovely lady who checked us in to leaving around 10.30 it was amazing.
We were seated in the beautiful surroundings of the Whistlejacket room at tables of 8. Our companions for the evening were really lovely.
We were entertained by Gerarld Dickens telling us about his great great grandfathers life and career. We ate a delicious meal that was served by what I assume were very friendly volunteers.
Then we adjourned to the Lower Drawing Room, very atmospheric, which was ideal as we were then entertained and scared by the dramatisation of The Signalman.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening. We will be on the look out for future similar events.
Well done to the team for such an entertaining and well thought out evening and all in such a good cause. The areas of the house we saw looked amazing.
Written June 26, 2022
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Anna
42 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
It’s a lovely place to visit and the staff are very friendly. Dogs are allowed on lead and a section of the cafe allows dogs. There is an outdoor cabin which sells a selection of food but it tends not to open when the weather is bad. If you live locally then it is worth getting the My Wentworth card. For £60 you get unlimited visits as well as 10% off food and in the shop. The only negative is the carpark is full of potholes.
Written January 9, 2022
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kath c
99 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Such a beautiful building and so pleased it is being restored to its former glory, it's such a huge part of history in South Yorkshire, Found this tour very interesting, our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the whole thing and history of the house and area. You can appreciate more the amount of scaffolding once up in the roof area, it's amazing. We often park the car at Greasborough and walk up through the park, past the house and stables and wander round the village. So pleased we booked this tour before scaffolding comes down next week, recommend that you book the last few days places. We are come back to do the new garden open day and I can't wait untill the house is open again to do the inside your.
Written September 7, 2020
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Pat D
Yorkshire, UK5,815 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Booked to take my Grand daughter here for halloween.
We has a brilliant day.
Although our slot wasn't whilst 3.30pm, we were allowed to go in anytime after 10am, to enjoy the house and gardens first.
We arrived about 1.30pm and wandered around the house and gardens at our own pace.
I went to the house when it first opened to the public a few year ago, and then 2 more times afterwards.
It is nice to see the progress that the house is making.
The gardens are beautiful, we spent a long time exporing tgem. fun filled for Halloween too.
Halloween was reasonably priced, we would have liked to go back for the Christmas event, but it is too expensive for a family, no concession for adults.
I can understand the price for the childrens tickets, for what they are getting.
But adults pay the same, when really you are there overlooking your kids during the event, ... I don't understand the logic behind charging adult full price, plus the house and gardens will be closed, so I am told.
Other than that, I do like this place very much, and my grand daughter enjoyed herself.
Written November 12, 2021
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