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. With our custom trip planner, Wakefield attractions like Nostell Priory and Parkland can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Wow what a lovely National Trust attraction. You can simply park and stroll around the acres of park land or on this occasion we visited the gardens. Entering a gated entrance to the site of the...  more »
  • Excellent grounds for walking dogs on lead and a number of areas where the dogs can play off lead. Lovely open space with lots of walk length options. Cafe had very friendly staff.  more »
  • This place is absolutely beautiful. The house has an exhibition surrounding Chippendale which is interesting and informative, and around the house, his furnishings can be spotted with a "c" block on them. The history of the house is explained with each room and the staff/volunteers are excellent. Often with National Trust properties I don't know what questions to ask and find the volunteers do not really say much if you don't ask the question (understandably, they don't want to bother you) but here I enjoyed that the volunteers would just talk to you about what was in the room and give you the added bits of information. Outside the wall along the lake was beautiful, lovely lawns to sit and enjoy the sun and a lovely little garden with flowers and vegetables. The grounds spread quite far, you could easily spend the day walking round and enjoying the views
  • Good place and a great spot for walking, however there are a few issues, parking is very expensive at £7 per day even on a Sunday and you can hardly go anywhere as they charge extra for the house and gardens so it’s basically just a big field. The dogs love it but there isn’t much to see. Me and my boyfriend enjoyed a nice walk round never the less but would advise anyone to probably park elsewhere.
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