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“Take a picnic the cafe is dire & NOT veggie friendly either!”

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 September 3, 2013 via mobile

Took my little brother, we wanted to walk our dogs & get a bite to eat plus treat ourselves to some lovely cake. Not to be! We looked at the sandwiches & there were none for veggies (which we both are) we then looked at the menu which again had no veggie sandwich on offer just a prawn one. So we both had no choice other than to opt for jacket potato's with cheese & beans. The food came within 5 minutes & it was obvious why because the potato was hard, dry, overlooked & had been warmed up in a microwave. The other issue was the salad which was lovely for me came covered in a mustard dressing which my brother could not eat & had to remove the whole lot from this plate. Perhaps it would be an idea to either ask or put the dressing in a side dish! The potato's were very small with hardly any topping so once the salad was removed it was not worth £5.25 each. So to the cakes! Tiny dried up slices of lemon drizzle, fruit cake, carrott cake, scones which you had to pay an extra £0.70 if you wanted a small jam. None of of them looked fresh or HOME made, can buy better in my local morrisons. The cafe staff were rude student types that could not give a toss. One would not even fill the dog water bowl just looked bored & told me to find a tap outside. Charming! If it wasn't for the fact we had had a long walk we would not have ordered a thing. Plus the place was empty so the staff were hardly pressed. Would certainly not use again.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We've not been before despite being NT members and only living half an hour away - but we WILL be back. We arrived at 10 and headed straight through to the kids adventure playground where we spent an hour playing (kids and adults!) We'd seen some iron insects in the gardens so popped in to look at them, came out an hour later with the kids having looked at every plant, vegetable & fruit on display! There are 2 lovely lakes which we walked round collecting 'nature' enroute and spent a fun 10 minutes decorating molehills. Back to the car to find a picnic spot & eat lunch - there are plenty of picnic benches dotted around but we chose to picnic in a field. Then back to the house for a look and yet again, we were there longer than expected, we were amazed by the effort the volunteers made to talk to our 5 year olds and engage with them so we could look at Chippendale, P Brueghel & John Harrison, we all learned soon much. Time for another play in the park & a game of snakes & ladders on the outdoor board before heading back to the car for a snack & headed home after 6.30. An absolutely fabulous place to visit, with something for everyone, we'll be back!

1  Thank MrsE2901
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

a lazy Saturday was pleasantly enjoyed at nostell
the parklands to walk through to the priory are beautiful and pleasing to the eye, easy for buggies there is a golf buggy to transport elderly or less able bodies nearer to the hall,the restarant does a well earnt cream tea 4,50 a steal for 2 clotted cream scomes and a cup of tea heaven and a bargain, plants to buy and garden ornaments small and large biscuits jams and pickles, something for everyone, and the beautiful lake to walk round and the informative beautiful house,
go xplore you wont be dissappointed

Thank auburnbeauty1
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Visited 31.8.13. Living close by, this is a great local place where I enjoy visiting for a walk round the grounds. There is a charge for parking but part of the parkland is free to walk round. I always enjoy a walk by the boathouse and lake up to the Obelisk lodge. Today we paid to enter the parkland. £15.50 for 2 adults and 1 child. This route is closer to the house and takes in the features which the property is known for - the Gothic arch, Druid's bridge, Adam's Menagerie and the cock pit. It's a shady, gentle walk. Perfect on a breezy summer day as today was.
Didn't go in the house today, but it's exterior is very accessible if you visit the parkland. It's a typical Palladian - style house, grand and imposing, but oddly asymmetrical. I don't know the history of the construction but is seems as though a wind was omitted from the original plans. Still, either watching over the parkland to the front of reflected in the lake to the rear, something to behold. Stables area seems to be more open and presentable since my last visit, if my poor old memory is to be relied upon. This is a place outside the hustle and bustle where you can immerse yourself in times past and walk in the steps of the privileged, but equally there is good provision for the young ones. Among the trees, play equipment which mine are now a little too old for, but the kind of sturdy timber stuff a dad who is enjoying his visit has a go on too.

Thank JohnScarr70
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

From the moment we met the ticket collector until the moment we left via the complimentary shuttle bus back to the car park we could not have been better looked after by the staff. I have difficulty with stairs which can be a problem in some homes but the staff assisted us in the lift so I was able to see the first floor rooms with no problems encountered. The staff were informative even showing photographs of items they are not able to display on a regular basis. The cafe has a good selection of food and drink, some of which is prepared to order. It was our first time at Nostell but will not be our last.Don't forget your camera.

Thank juliecowey
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