Average visit time – 2-3 hours
Things to do at the Newstead Abbey review
Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire was founded in the late 12th century as a monastic house. It was converted to a domestic home and is now best known as the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron who lived there between 1808 to 1814. There is plenty to explore including formal gardens, parkland and play areas. It is a popular paddling spot in the warmer months.
Inside the abbey, there is plenty to see and explore including Victorian rooms, a Victorian kitchen and the poet’s private apartments. Plus there are cloisters from the monastic period and the priory’s church. The house includes collections that span the centuries.
Newstead has 300 acres of parkland with lakes, formal gardens, ponds and waterfalls. Plus it’s a great place to spot peacocks and feed swans. There are walled gardens, rockeries and a sunken Japanese Oasis with streams and stepping stones, you may even spot a wild crayfish. There are beautiful themed gardens including American, rose, Venetian, French and more.
There is a range of woodland walks (with a downloadable guide on their website). Plus family trails where you can hunt for clues. They also have child-friendly trails for use within the house. There is a play park located in the formal gardens. They host a number of events in the park throughout the year.
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FAQ and Further Information Newstead Abbey
Address: Newstead Village NG15 8NA, Nottinghamshire, England. Phone: 01623 455900
Category – Historic house – Indoors and outdoors – Suitable for all ages
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Historic house within a former priory, extensive parkland with formal gardens, waterfalls, streams, play areas and woodland walks. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*Cheap to mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *There is a charge to enter the grounds (see below). If you wish to visit the house tickets are £10 an adult, £6 a child.
Is there parking?
There is a charge of £6 to park, £2 per person if you are arriving by bike or on foot. This may increase for special events.
When are they open?
The park and gardens are open daily, the house is usually only open at weekends. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
They welcome visitors with dogs into the Park and Gardens on leads. They are welcome in the Cafe courtyard, but due to hygiene reasons are not permitted in the Cafe itself.
Are they accessible?
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