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“Never Tire of This Place”

Nostell Priory and Parkland
Ranked #4 of 46 things to do in Wakefield
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Reviewed June 10, 2013

I took a chance the dreary weather would buck up today and indeed it did once I'd got here after a 20 minute bus journey from Wakefield (use the 223/485/495/496). Not many people about on Mondays and Tuesdays as the house and formal gardens aren't open. However, the shop, cafe and parkland ARE open and it's the best time to explore the buttercup meadow which leads up to the obelisk gatehouse. A rustic bench is strategically positioned right by it so you can stretch out and enjoy the view and solitude. NB - no entrance charge for the parkland.

Thank scotsjimbo
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Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

The walk round the lake and gardens are just stunning. Well kept and with lots of things for the kids to explore. The house is very interesting and overall this place is somewhere we would come back to again and again.

Thank RobMcK1972
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Nostell Priory is located just outside of Wakefield city centre and is easy to get to by car or bus. This grand house is most definitely worth a full day out. The house is spectacular and has some of the finest examples of Thomas Chippendales furniture in the world. The walk around the grounds and parkland are every nature lovers dream...birds, flowers, plant life...it has it all. The rose gardens are lovely and when done with your look around, you can stop in their quaint little garden shop or sit and have a nice cuppa tea and a scone at the tea shop. I wouldn't recommend this day out for very young children, but people of all other ages...enjoy!

Thank jjstravels
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

As national trusts members we try to visit as much as possible and we visited Nostell recently and it was lovely. I believe it's had some restoration work recently to the cafe area and now there are two small l cafes offering cakes sandwiches hot food and drinks.
The gardens are well maintained and a 5 minute walk from the car park to the house so don't leave things behind!
The house is lovely with new areas opening all the time and the history in lovey. I know they have to keep certain areas dark for light damage but the entrance is extremely dark and not good for anyone with eye sight problems!

Thank Daisy C
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Having recently become members of the National Trust I was looking for places in our vicinity that would be good for walking our Border Terrier.

I came across Nostell Priory so we decided to give it a go last Sunday. I fully expected to have to keep the dog on his lead the whole time as is normal in such places but they had a dog exercise area where he could run about freely. When we started the 'red walk' through the parkland it was clear that most dogs were off their lead and indeed the signs say this is allowed as long as they are kept under control. As a result he had a great walk meeting lots of other dogs, as did we in lovely parkland bathed in sunshine.

Once we had done the parkland area he was put back on his lead (he was shattered by then anyway) and we walked through the lovely bluebell woods next to the lower lake. We then went across to the café to have a sandwich and a cream scone which were both very nice.

There is also a NT shop and a plant shop. We didn't go in the house on this visit or the gardens as I don't think dogs are allowed in but not sure.

All in all it was a great day out and we will be back, probably with a picnic as there were plenty of spots/ tables to choose from.

3  Thank BumblesF
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