Newark Park
Newark Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
About
Newark Park stands proud on top of the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley to the Mendips beyond. This remote corner of south Gloucestershire is a secret and unspoilt place, with barely a sign of modern life visible in any direction. A place of architectural intrigue, quaint gardens and sprawling parkland there is much to see and do at Newark.Founded by an influential English courtier to Henry VIII in 1550; the house and estate since went from boom to bust, to its dramatic rescue by a Texan architect in the 20th century. Newark has an incredible story to tell.
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  • Holly192003
    Wiltshire, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely day out
    We really enjoyed our visit, it was our first time at Newark Park and all the volunteers and guides we met were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. We were lucky with the weather also and enjoyed walking through the grounds, it was especially peaceful sitting by the lake and lovely to see one of the peacocks. We will definitely be back.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2023
  • glassmen007
    Soundwell, United Kingdom591 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Almost a year on from our first visit
    Visited last year and for me it was a real struggle to get around and actually enjoy the experience. Nearly a year on with my heart condition controlled I managed not only to walk around the house and immediate gardens but also walk a good couple of miles further out in the area. The house feels like it could still be lived in which gives it a loved feeling The guides are excellent as are all the national trust staff in the catering and entrance area. Had a sandwich and a cup of coffee and the wife managed to purchase a couple of books from the pleasant book shop on the 2nd floor of the house. There is quite a bit of work going on around the garden area which will even more enhance the visit
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Derek H
    Rempstone, United Kingdom372 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating house
    We visited en route to the Midlands after a holiday in Cornwall. After a picnic in the car park we went into the house. Fortunately for those arriving from a distance the toilets are on the car park. There’s then a short walk to the house. It’s well worth taking advantage of the short talk offered by staff / volunteers about the changes in the shape of the building over its life. There is a scale model which they can take apart and gradually then put back together and which explains in detail which bits were built when - and why. The detail would otherwise not be evident. There’s lots to see in the property, especially on the upper floor. Volunteers are only too happy to provide more detail about the history and contents.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Suzy W
    Wellesbourne, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely spot for a afternoon walk with a cuppa afterwards.
    Lovely detour off the M5 while travelling home from holiday. Beautiful grounds, fantastic views and some great (but quite hilly) walking trails. The cafe wasn’t that well stocked and is all outside, but there was a marquee to sit in when it rained and to somewhat escape the wasps! The house is interesting; it’s been added to over time and there’s a good model in one of the downstairs rooms so one of the volunteer guides can talk you through the changes.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Jon S
    Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Took my mother for coffee.
    What a great experience. At Reception, nothing was too much trouble: I was given a wheelchair to push my mother around, they contacted the house to have a ramp ready for us, and showed us wheelchair-accessible paths. We had a nice look around the walked garden, had a great coffee and ice cream, then visited the ground floor of the house. The guides were brilliant, not too pushy, just helpful and really friendly. As my mother couldn't go to Level 2 or 3 of the house, we were offered an album of photographs so we could get an idea of the rooms above A really lovely visit. Thanks everyone.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Rick C
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming and really good staff and volunteers.
    The trees and grounds were beautiful with the autumn colours. The house is interesting with guides that are informative. The lovely real fire in the reception room was welcoming. We were welcomed at the reception by nice staff . We visited the cafe and it has really nice food , more snacks than full meals but acceptable and the staff here are very good and serve a really good hot chocolate. Newark is not so big as some other National Trust places but it has a charm of its own. We loved our visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 12, 2023
  • Caroline067
    106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss the basement tour!
    This was a very interesting National Trust property. It had a homely feel about it and also had excellent guides. We particularly enjoyed the basement tour so if you go, you mustn’t miss this. The grounds were well kept and offered some good walks.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
  • mike s
    United Kingdom533 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Views
    The house itself is relatively small but has an interesting history. The volunteers are helpful and knowledgeable. There are several walks (dog friendly) of various lengths and challenges. The views are absorbing necessitating time to stand and stare. Several picnic tables so you can eat in a wonderful atmosphere. Not wheel chair friendly but worth the views.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Paul W
    Berkeley, United Kingdom165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snowdrops and Aconites
    A visit in particular to see the Snowdrops and Aconites. When we arrived at the entrance we were welcomed warmly and the girl came out to give treats to our dog. The Aconites abound as you enter the park with the Peacocks showing well. Coffee first thing which is very good and at a reasonable price. The gardens and woodland walks are great, and what a showing of snowdrops.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 4, 2024
  • Philip A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Go Back Again Soon
    First sunny day in March and we got an email from NT suggesting three local places to visit. We'd never heard of Newark Park even though we live only half an hour away so we popped our walking boots in the boot and off we went. Wonderful welcome from Steph set everything off on the right foot. A delicious curried cauliflower pastie for a lihgt lunch and off on the shortest of the three walks. (Its been a long time since we had our boots on). Well marked route through woodland with lovely unspoilt views. The ground had drained well but was still very muddy in places due to melting snows. The paths were very well maintined. Our boots were so muddy we didn't think it fair to go into the house, although fixed brushes and blue plastic bags were available. Will definitely come back again soon to reconoitre the children's play areas. Potentially a great place to meet up with the kids and grandchildren.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2024
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Sam C
Ipswich, UK100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
The house was closed at the time of our visit so we only got to see the outside areas. On arrival we were greeted by a couple of ladies from the national trust who were great. They were really friendly and happy to tell us all about the park and the area. On our way out they even pointed us in the right direction to find lunch at a nearby pub. They were excellent.
The gardens and lake around the house were smaller than we initially expected and we walked around them in about half an hour.
We stopped for a cream tea in the cafe before going out on the estate walks. This is where the Park really comes to life. The walks go down into the valley and give some amazing views. The walk back up is a bit of a hike but it is worth it for the views. The lady in the car park was fully justified in her glowing praise of the park.
Written September 9, 2020
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Angela W
Bath, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We had a lovely planned visit to Newark Park last week. After a long walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside, we arrived at the refreshment kiosk right at the last minute. The welcoming young lady in charge, even though preparing to clean coffee equipment at the end of a busy day, offered to make us a fresh cup of tea and a prepared cream tea in a picnic box. So kind of her to do this and we greatly appreciated our tea in the garden.
Written November 15, 2020
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Keith L
Taunton, UK206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Access by road was a challenge. Extremely narrow, steep and windy in places. But it suddenly opens out by the Park entrance. Down the long drive shared by the sheep there is a decent sized car park where some new upmarket toilets have just been installed.

There are gardens with well kept flower beds around the old house including the walled garden and along the terrace which affords a fine classic view of the rolling English countryside. A lower garden can be reached down a sloping path beyond the house. En route is a clever selection of tree trunks with animal and bird carvings if you go searching.

A tea hut provides snack food and drinks to enjoy on the lawn tables. A peacock and a friendly chicken that thinks it's a peacock will be happy to share your snack.
Written August 15, 2020
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skybluedreamer
158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I visited Newark Park today. It was looking particularly beautiful in the autumn sunshine. What a treat to see the wonderful artwork on display in the grounds. The beautiful, well kept gardens are a perfect backdrop for the outdoor sculptures. I love that there is often something new to keep the children interested at Newark Park but the fabulous sculpture trail was a bonus for the adults and particularly art lovers. Well done to the NT team at NP for managing to open the ground floor of the house for visitors in such challenging times.
Written October 14, 2020
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TiredBear
Wiltshire, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We visited with our 18 month old who loved exploring the house and grounds. The house itself is quite small and a bit weird inside with finding modern en suites in some of the bedrooms! There were a couple of guides at the entrance in the house but they were talking to each other and not the guests.

The cafe is basic - just a wooden kiosk selling hot drinks and ready made cakes and a tent to eat them in. A proper cafe would make such a difference.

The grounds are extensive - and steep! We just walked down to the bottom but the play park was sadly closed due to being re-painted so our baby just ran around manically instead.

Now the strange thing about our visit is that I have the strong feeling something attached itself to us and came home with us. I have read about the history of ghosts at Newark Park and it appears to be extremely haunted! Our child normally sleeps for 12 hours unbroken but after our visit she just refused to sleep, screaming despite being tired out from her busy day running around in the fresh air. Pointing at something that we couldn’t see and becoming hysterical. I couldn’t sleep because something was pulling at me all night in bed. Very strange!

So visit if you dare!
Written October 23, 2022
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david n
Manchester, UK4,681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Acres and acres of semi-untamed areas to wander around. Recent storms have damaged some walls and ash die-back has caused tree loss. The house was very interesting though as one guide said "has no single intrinsic valuables".

Also worth a mention was the fact that the staff were all so friendly & informative.
Written November 6, 2022
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We broke a long journey with a couple of hours at Newark Park. What a great time we had. Interesting house (although only the ground floor is open at the moment), lovely walks in the extensive grounds (with nice chats with the gardeners), fascinating sculpture exhibition in the grounds with every one available to purchase (some at eye watering prices!)
Friendly staff and volunteers, good hot drinks available but very little food and virtually nothing for the gluten-free.
Written October 16, 2020
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rotterdam0892
Bath, UK1,182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Great visit of the gardens/park. It was our first time and found the staff in the ticket office super friendly. The gardens are open to people with dogs (as long as they are on a lead) and our doggy got a treat on his way in and on his way out. There are some lovely routes on the grounds but not all are open currently as the some trees are being cut down due to disease. You could see that Spring is just round the corner with lots of bulbs peeking out of the ground. We were told to visit again for the bluebells and the wild garlic (apparently, you can pick it and they give you a recipe). We will be back.

The only negative I have is the cafe - the service (you order at a door and get it from another) was the slow pace of delivery for hot drinks. The girl preparing them was painfully slow. And then, when we finally got our hot chocolate and chai latte, they were not even hot, barely warm. We were able to knock them back like shots...I was really annoyed at that as it was quite a chilly day. I did mention it and they offered me another drink but by that time, I just wanted to go home and get warm.
Written February 3, 2022
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Bryan P
Rugby, UK996 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
On the way back from South Wales we were looking for a national trust property to visit & this fitted the bill. There can be a lot of very small country lanes to navigate to get there so make sure you plan your route & don’t just rely on your satnav. On arrival there seems to be plenty of parking but you have to get a ticket (free for national trust members) there are also toilet facilities by the car park along with a small shop you are then met & your cards scanned & explained where things are on the estate. We then made our way towards the house & decided to have a hot drink prior to entering the house which was setup in a pavilion on the grass with a selection of tables to sit at.
On entering the house we were then asked nicely to go back outside so the guide could explain a bit about the history of the building which was for hunting more than living in originally, Which was very interesting. There were a selection of rooms & exhibits to look at but far the best thing was the amazing view from the rooms you could see for miles. There were a few more rooms to look at upstairs also.
This house is worthwhile visiting however I don’t think I would make a specific visit if I lived a distance away from it.
Written September 21, 2022
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Holly192003
Wiltshire, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit, it was our first time at Newark Park and all the volunteers and guides we met were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. We were lucky with the weather also and enjoyed walking through the grounds, it was especially peaceful sitting by the lake and lovely to see one of the peacocks. We will definitely be back.
Written June 19, 2023
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