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Nostell Priory and Parkland, Wakefield

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Explore an 18th-century mansion within a tranquil landscaped park and woodlands. Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell Priory and Parkland was commissioned by Sir Rowland Winn in 1733 and became the home of the Winn family for almost 300 years. Stretch your legs in 121 hectares (300 acres) of picturesque parkland with marked trails, or in the gardens, where there are lakeside walks, a vegetable garden, a formal rose garden, and an orchard to enjoy. Chat with one of the gardeners to learn more about the grounds and how they are maintained. Venture inside and admire the luxurious interior of the property, including valuable paintings, a John Harrison long case clock, fine Chippendale furniture, and an 18th-century dollhouse. The restored Butler’s Pantry is also open to explore. Visit the Courtyard Cafe for lunch or afternoon tea, and let little ones tire themselves out in the adventure playground. For Nostell Priory and Parkland and beyond, use our Wakefield trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Wakefield vacation.
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  • The house and its collection is a must to see and the National Trust have done an amazing job keeping it like it is.. they even do booking only events where you can get to see the rest of the house wh...  more »
  • If you are a dog owner and you visit Nostell Priory you will be restricted to the outer grounds. The gardens are no go areas for pets for some reason, and on the outer grounds there are cycle paths, f...  more »
  • Arrived in time for a snack lunch. Cream tea was very good especially as scones had just come out the oven. The small stable exhibition was interesting but once we got to the hall it was much better. ...  more »
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  • I had such a fantastic day here with my children. We had a walk around the grounds, had fun building dens in the woods, played on the adventure playground, played ball games that were out on the grassed area for public enjoyment, and had a picnic. We then went and looked around the house and it was absolutely amazing. The most impressive thing about my visit though was the staff that are around the house to answer questions and offer information. Their knowledge about the place and all its history was incredible. They were lovely people and had me captivated with their stories of the history of the house, the families who had lived there, the people who had styled the rooms & made the furniture etc, things that had happened there over the years - I could go on. I bet a full day listening wouldn't be enough time to hear everything these amazing people know. They were also fantastic with the 5 children aged 2 to 14. I can't wait to go back and will be booking the guided tour as soon as possible!
  • An impressive (if rather dark) house with gardens, lakes and walks in the grounds which you have to pay for - and if you're not a NT member then the entrance fee, in my opinion, is a bit steep - also extensive parkland with walks and cycle trails which you can access for free (other than the £4 car park charge). The house, gardens and stable block with tea room and toilets (accessible without paying the entrance fee) are about a 10 minute walk from the car park but there's a little buggy you can take instead. The staff are pleasant and helpful.
  • Great grounds. Well kept. Great play area. Took part in the egg hunt, which was fun. Didn't visit the house. Not many outside areas for eating. There were only a few tables in the courtyard. People were fighting over these.
  • Beautiful Hall and gardens with lovely walks through the Estate. A new cycle route has just opened which looks suitable for the whole family. You can even incorporate a Sunday lunch at the Spread Eagle in Wragby while doing the long walk around the estate. Overall a nice day out
  • Beautiful and we'll maintained. large pay carport. Free walking land, and other areas to pay ie gardens. Big house, pay to look around, large gift shopping and eating facilities in stable forecourt. Had a lovely time out with dogs.

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