Nostell - National Trust
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.
Discover a rich variety of landscapes, flora and fauna as you explore the gardens. Enjoy seasonal wonders in the Kitchen Garden with a stunning show of spring daffodils followed by a riot of summer scents and autumnal colour. Follow the winding paths through the Pleasure Grounds to find a network of lakes, woodland and rolling meadowland filled with wildlife. Don’t miss the secluded Menagerie Garden, once home to exotic species including monkeys and lions. To stumble upon this tucked away oasis, take the circular walk over Druid’s Bridge with its tumbling cascade, under the Gothic Arch and head back towards the courtyard for a relaxing cuppa and slice of cake.
Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum
Please check the National Trust website before visiting.
National Trust Members FREE
Car Parking: £3.00
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3 Wheelchairs available - booking essential
Programme of events - see our website for current listings
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 and children's menu options available in in cafe
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.
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
Nostell - National Trust
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