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“Lord Byron's Home - well worth a visit.”
Review of Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey
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Owner description: Originally built in 1164 as an Augustinian priory, this became the ancestral home of poet Lord Byron.
Reviewed April 22, 2013

We live about half a mile away from Newstead Abbey and find it a lovely place to visit with our granddaughters or with the dog. The gardens (especially the Japanese) are beautiful and peaceful to walk around and there's a play area for the children too. The peacocks are always of interest to the children. There are a variety of craft fairs held throughout the year. Unfortunately, Notts County Council have decided that the Abbey will now only be opened on Sundays for viewing which is a shame, but if you can make it then it really is worth the tour, guided or otherwise.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Very nice country estate and abbey with lots of various walks around the garden features. The Japanese Gardens could have been better with some thought around the differing seasonal plants instead of last years die back. The water needs cleaning up...why no fish?

Ideal for picnics in the summer and exploring. I expect the garden flora will be summer blooms....all year round would be better especiially as they do functions including weddings.

Thank chandrah874
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Once again iv'e been here many many times over the yrs and i still enjoy coming here although iv'e never been on a guided tour of the abbey, iv'e either gone just to walk around the grounds with the dog or gone there to one of many craft fairs and exhibitions they hold through out the year.
All in all it's just nice place to visit on a sunny Sunday afternoon, relax in the courtyard of the tea room, a bite to eat maybe, or just wander round the beautiful grounds with an ice cream in one hand and your loved ones hand in the other, while taking in the sights and sounds of the day.

As you walk further and further through the park it becomes quite clear how vast it is and when you get to the far side of the lake there is a Ford, not as in Ford Anglia, but Ford as in the water sense.
This can be quite fun watching cars go through it, especially at speed as some drivers do, just to delight folk that stand there waiting for that one person that doesn't quite make it and conks out in the middle having flooded his engine to the delight of the crowd that's gathered there just to see this happen to some poor unsuspecting joe. Then you get the wide boys in their 4x4's that go there to show what they can do while trying to soak the crowd by hitting the water at speed.
This happens more so in the winter months when the Ford is a lot higher than normal, which tends to catch people out, especially those who have never been through it before, hilarious all the same.
There is a small garden centre further on from the Ford you can visit, before heading back to the car park.
If country estates are your bag then this is no exception, so my advice is, stick it on your to visit list and check it out...

Thank neddyseagoonNotts
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We visited on a Sunday when the Abbey is usually open for viewing. On arrival we immediately went to book a guided tour but on the day these were not available, so went for a quick early lunch, bacon brunches from the cafe blackboard menu, which we enjoyed.

We then toured the Abbey at our leisure and made limited use of the staff dotted around the floors and rooms. We managed to miss a couple of features on the tour but one of the supervising staff was brilliant at sorting us out – she knew better than we did where we had been and what we had missed! We enjoyed the tour – it was interesting, pleasant, and a good way to use a Sunday afternoon.

After around 1.5 hours in the house, followed by an ice cream, we had a pleasant stroll around the gardens and water features. Whilst generally clean and tidy, there is clearly scope for improvements in the visual spectacle. A lot of work is clearly underway in the Japanese garden, and some decent weather is urgently needed to make its contribution.

Thank MikeandFlo
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Newstead Abbey is well worth a detour. The grounds have a mix of formal gardens, lakes and good walking trails providing opportunities for picnics.
The Abbey House is extraordinary. Home to the Byron family for many years, the poet led part of his dissolute life here before fleeing the country (and his family). It's unusual to be able to see so much of a house and we spent a very happy hour looking around.
The cafe is well priced.

Thank FormerFlyer19560415
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