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Woolsthorpe Manor, Grantham
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Woolsthorpe Manor in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, is the birthplace and was the family home of Sir Isaac Newton. He was born there on 25 December 1642 (old calendar). At that time it was a yeoman's farmstead, principally rearing sheep.Newton returned here in 1666 when Cambridge University closed due to the plague, and here he performed many of his most famous experiments, most notably his work on light and optics. This is also said to be the site where Newton, observing an apple fall from a tree, was inspired to formulate his law of universal gravitation.Now in the hands of the National Trust and open to the public all year round, it is presented as a typical seventeenth century yeoman's farmhouse (or as near to that as possible, taking into account modern living, health and safety requirements and structural changes that have been made to the house since Newton's time).New areas of the house, once private, were opened up to the public in 2003, with the old rear steps (that once led up to the hay loft and grain store and often seen in drawings of the period) being rebuilt, and the old walled kitchen garden, to the rear of the house, being restored.One of the former farmyard buildings has been equipped so that visitors can have hands-on experience of the physical principles investigated by Newton in the house.
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  • Our 10 year old son loved this and was still talking about it several days later. The guides were helpful and the knowledge they gave was wonderful. Compact site. Good tea room. Lovely to visit. 
  • Woolsthorpe Manor is quite small compared to some NT sites but it is very compact and well presented. The house is well laid out and the activity centre is excellent. But pride of place must go to the...  more »
  • Really loved this place! It is so well presented, so well kept and so unpretentious that one almost feels as if Isaac Newton is still living there and working on his numerous science projects.A truly ...  more »
  • The time you spend at woolsthorpe manor will be regretted, it offers little enjoyment and over priced catering facilities don't recommend.
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