Nostell Priory and Parkland - National Trust

Nostell Priory and Parkland - National Trust
Doncaster Road
Nostell
nr Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF4 1QE
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory

E-mail

General Information

nostellpriory@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

01924 863892

Fax

Property Main Office

01924 866846

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
The west front at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire.
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Nostell Priory is an 18th century architectural masterpiece set in a landscape park. The house was built by the architect James Paine on the site of a medieval priory for Sir Rowland Winn, 4th Baronet. Later, Robert Adam was commissioned to complete the state rooms which are amongst the finest examples of his interiors.

In the gardens are delightful lakeside walks with a stunning colection of rhododendrons and azaleas in late spring. The historic landscape park, which was acquired with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2002, is now open to the public for the first time and is currently undergoing restoration and replanting.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Sacred space

Opening hours

1 April-5 November
Wed-Sun 1300-1730
Bank Holiday Mondays 1300-1700

9 December - 17 December
1200-1600


Gardens
4 March-20 March
Sat-Sun 1100-1600

1 April-5 Nov
Wed-Sun 1130-1700
Bank Holiday Mondays 1130-1700

9 December-17 December
Mon-Sun 1100-16.00

Closed: 3 April-5 November
Mon, Tues

18 December- March 07
Mon-Sun

Admission charges

National Trust Members FREE
Adults: £6.50
Children: £3.25
Family: £16.00

Garden Only:
Adult: £4.00
Children: £1.75

Car Parking: £2.00 (refundable on purchasing adult House & Garden ticket)

Discounts

  • National Trust

Additional info

3 Wheelchairs available - booking essential
Programme of events - send SAE for details
Baby changing and feeding facilities
Front carrying baby slings & hip-carrying infant seats for loan
Children's Play Area
Three different childrens' trails in house plus garden tree trail
Family area in Tea Room
Family Croquet & giant chess set
Children's Menu in Tea Room & Trusty's Lunch Boxes
Every weekday: "Objects of Desire" & "Every Picture Tells a Story"
Dogs welcome on leads in the park - not in garden
Cycle: NCN67 3miles
Bus: Arriva 485, 496/8 Wakefield-Doncaster; Yorkshire Traction 244/5 Barnsley-Pontefract.
Train: Fitzwilliam Sation 1.5 miles

The Priory houses one of the best documented collections of Chippendale furniture and furnishings which were designed especially for the house by the great cabinet maker. Other treasures include an outstanding art collection with works by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Hogarth and Angelica Kauffmann, the remarkable 18th-century doll's house with its original fittings and the John Harrison longcase clock with its rare movement made of wood.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Literature, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • Rowland Lockey's Sir Thomas More & Family
  • Furniture by Chippendale
  • Furniture by Gillows
  • Furniture by Sefferin Nelson
  • James Paine & Robert Adam architecture and interior design
  • Pieter Brueghel the Younger
  • Angelica Kauffmann
  • Hugh Douglas Hamilton
  • Grand Tour souvenirs
  • William Hogarth
  • Antonio Zucchi
  • Richard James Wyatt
  • Chinese wallpapers
  • Kirckman harpsichord
  • Van der Borcht tapestries
  • Pieter Claesz
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
People running

Introduction to Running

  • 28 July 2014 6:30-7:30pm *on now
  • 4 August 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 11 August 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 18 August 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 25 August 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 1 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 8 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 15 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 22 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 29 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 6 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 13 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 27 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 29 — 20 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Join our social beginners running group to improve your fitness, running skills and enjoy our beautiful parklands.

Qualified run leaders will be on hand to offer help and advice every step of the way.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.00 per person.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Killerton Woods

Parkland Guided Walks

  • 30 July 2014 2-3pm
  • 2 — 3 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 6 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 9 — 10 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 13 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 16 — 17 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 20 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 23 — 24 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 27 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 30 — 31 August 2014 2-3pm

Discover more about the estate and the designed landscape on a one to two mile narrated walk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Girls sitting in the woods

Active Wednesdays

  • 30 July 2014 12-4pm
  • 6 August 2014 12-4pm
  • 13 August 2014 12-4pm
  • 20 August 2014 12-4pm
  • 27 August 2014 12-4pm

Join us every Wednesday in the local school holidays as we get outside and active.

Includes cycle skills course and short rides. Tick off some of those '50 things' like den building or geocaching. (Geocaching available on Wednesday 30th July and Wednesday 27 August only.)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of bucket and spade

Boredom Busting - Beach Party

  • 31 July 2014 11am-4pm

Nostell's annual beach party with sand, Punch and Judy, lots of seaside fun and activities, but not much sea! Garden ticket required if not an NT Member.

Fancy dress with a beach party theme welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Bridleway Killerton woods

Thursday Health Walk

  • 31 July 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 7 August 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 14 August 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 21 August 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 28 August 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 4 September 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 11 September 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 18 September 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 25 September 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 2 October 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 9 October 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 16 October 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 23 October 2014 10:30-11:45am
  • 30 October 2014 10:30-11:45am

Enjoy an hours walk around the park. Get some exercise and join our experienced walk leader for a gentle stroll around the park

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of man climbing tree

Climb a Tree!

  • 31 July 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 21 August 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Highly skilled instructors can help all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree within Nostell Priory.

They will teach you how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times.

Once at the top of the tree you will gain an experience which can't be found on the ground and if you're feeling brave take the zip wire back down!

Each session contains a maximum of seven participants, creating a unique and intimate experience.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

All tickets £15.50.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Big eared townsend bat

Family Bat Evening

  • 6 August 2014 7-9:30pm

Join us to discover more about our nocturnal residents at Nostell. Crafts, games and a night time walk with bat detectors.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Family ticket £12.00.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of mountain bike

Free Guided Bike Rides

  • 6 August 2014 10:15am-12:30pm
  • 17 August 2014 10:15am-12:30pm
  • 25 August 2014 10:15am-12:30pm
  • 3 September 2014 10:15am-12:30pm
  • 21 September 2014 10:15am-12:30pm
  • 1 October 2014 10:15am-12:30pm
  • 19 October 2014 10:15am-12:30pm
  • 5 November 2014 10:15am-12:30pm
  • 16 November 2014 10:15am-12:30pm
  • 3 December 2014 10:15am-12:30pm

Join leaders from Wakefield District Cycle Forum for a bike ride exploring the Parkland and the Nostell Estate. Bikes are available to loan free of charge but must be booked in advance. Call 0845 8506506 to book, or email info@cycling-wakefield.org.uk.

Please wear suitable clothing. Helmets available when booking in advance.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of forest

Buggy Walks

  • 6 August 2014 10:30-11:30am
  • 3 September 2014 10:30-11:30am
  • 1 October 2014 10:30-11:30am

Join us for a walk in our tranquil Gardens, the paths are perfect for a pushchair, relax over a cuppa in our Courtyard Cafe afterwards.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of colourful kite

Boredom Busting

  • 7 August 2014 11am-4pm

A great chance to tick off some of those 50 things, with lots of activities to encourage children into the outdoors.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photogrpah of australian imperial force on the western front

WW1: Shaping up for Battle

  • 14 August 2014 11am-4pm

Put yourself through the paces and see if you would have been sent to battle! Check for trench foot and lice, pass the fitness test! Activities, games and trails to commemorate the outbreak of WW1.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Black and white photograph of men in trenches

Boredom Busting: WW1 Shaping up for Battle

  • 14 August 2014 11am-5pm

Check for trench foot and lice, pass the fitness test! Activities, games and trails to commemorate the outbreak of WW1. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For non NT members a garden ticket is required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

black and white photograph of infantry with kit

1915s Scout Camp 'Shaping up for Battle'

  • 14 — 16 August 2014

Inspired by Baden-Powell's 1908 book Scouting for Boys, activities with focus on 'camping', 'observation', 'woodcraft', 'chivalry', 'lifesaving' and 'patriotism'. Join in and see if you are fit for battle.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

No additional charges. More Information: Sarah Burnage , 01924 866836, sarah.burnage@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Killerton Woods

Church Walks

  • 31 August 2014 3-4pm

This easy walk will last around an hour and take you back to the car park so it's perfect to do towards the end of your visit. If you wish to take a look inside the church (not NT), one of the church wardens will be on hand to show you around. Our passenger buggy can drop less mobile visitors at the church - just ask at the ticket office.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Horse

Behind the Scenes Stable Tours

  • 10 September 2014 12-1pm, 2-3pm
  • 25 September 2014 12-1pm, 2-3pm
  • 2 October 2014 12-1pm, 2-3pm
  • 8 October 2014 12-1pm, 2-3pm

Join one of our Stable Guides to discover the history of this fascinating building, and explore areas not open to the public.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Big eared townsend bat

Bat Watch

  • 13 September 2014 7-9:30pm

Join our bat expert to discover more about the different species of bats the make Nostell their home. Take a walk and use a bat detector to track them feeding after dusk. Includes a supper and talk.

Wear warm, suitable clothing and footwear for outdoors. Bring a torch for the walk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.00 including supper.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of wood

Introduction to Green Woodwork

  • 13 September 2014 9:30am-4:30pm
  • 11 October 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

Our residential 'Bodger' will teach you the basics of Green Woodwork and you will produce your very own spatula.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £60.00.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory/things-to-see-and-do/events/

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