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“Isaac Newton” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Woolsthorpe Manor

Woolsthorpe Manor
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Grantham
Certificate of Excellence
rotherham
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39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Isaac Newton”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

A very interesting place i never realised that Isaac Newton had done so much.
We had a two hour visit and enjoyed every minute the guides were a mine of information.
Although I am 70 you are never to old to learn,a great little coffee shop also.

Visited June 2013
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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“A fascinating visit to the birthplace of a genius”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

Fascinating is an overused word but definitely applies to Woolsthorpe Manor. A genuinely interesting few hours spent at the place where Newton worked on light and optics experiments and famously formulated his law of universal gravitation.

Special mention to the wonderful volunteers who took so much time to chat with us with many in period costume - really added to the visit. Plenty of reading material to view on the way round and I particularly enjoyed the science hands on experience discovery rooms.

Tip: we also visited Colsterworth Church, where Newton was baptised, a pleasant 15 minute stroll from the manor. A lovely church with a real character, Rev. Lomax in attendance.

Visited June 2013
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Gosport
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“Nice Surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

We had a real sense of history on this visit and enjoyed every moment from the clever introductory film to the house and the famous apple tree and the Science Discovery Centre where we had fun with the experiments. Its not a long visit but its very worthwhile and should not be missed especially if you are taking children. All the staff were very helpful and there is a well stocked shop.

Visited June 2013
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Scunthorpe
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“Short visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

It was a joy to see the house and orchard but there is not a lot to see. What we did see was interesting but only amounted to a short stay. The discovery centre best suited to children. Good craft area for children. Good coffee for the grown ups though!

Visited June 2013
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Coventry
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“NT Property with Isaac Newton link and excellent Discovery Centre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Free to NT, otherwise a well worthwhile £15 for a family. Firstly, this is an excellent NT property and should not be missed by anyone in the area. I have docked a mark due to the frankly awful surface of the Visitors Main Car Park when wet. I am still removing yellow mud from the car and my clothes after 2 days - it really does need a gravel rather than clay type surface.

However, back to the real reason for the visit. The house was Isaac Newton's birthplace and a workshop during some of his most important work in 1666-7. There are a few relics of him and his time, but most furniture is of period but with no Newton link. Don't let this put you off as it does give an idea of the background where he came from though and the museum/display entries make the best of what is a smaller NT property. His room where he may have carried out work on splitting of white light was my favourite. The guides in all of the rooms were fantastic. There is also a mouse trail for the kids.

You can see a short 5 min film that sets the scene for the house, but volunteers directed me another route and I only saw this at the end. Seek it out first if you have children especially.

Outside is the famous apple tree which may have inspired his work on gravity; photo opportunity not to be missed. Visited on a wet, cold thoroughly miserable May day, so didn't fully enjoy the outside opportunities. I can see that on a nice day picnic opportunities would be superb

The Science Centre has over a dozen hands on activities based on Newton's work, from telescopes to experiments on light and gravity. Worth an hour on its own with kids or anyone young at heart; it brought back O level physics to me with a vengeance but was far more fun.

Also extra information I didn't know about Newton's work for the Royal Mint.

Worth 2-3 hours depending on weather. 12 year olds thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon spent there, even though muddied up (did I mention the mud from the Car Park!!)

This has sent me heading out to buy a book on Newton. The Car Park fiasco (did I mention the yellow clay surface!!!) put me off buying anything from the small but well stocked Property shop. You can even buy unique key rings made from offcuts from the famous tree itself.

Visited May 2013
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