Nostell - National Trust

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.

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.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

National Trust Members FREE
Adults: £11.55
Children: £5.80
Family: £29

Garden Only:
Adult: £7.30
Children: £3.65
Family: £18.20

Car Parking: £3.00


  • National Trust

Additional info

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.

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.
Harrison's Garden installation by Luke Jerram

Nostell at night

  • 19 May 2017 6-9pm

Wind down with a craft beer at Nostell, enjoy a live DJ set, get creative and explore the house after hours on this special adults-only event, as part of Museums at Night.

To launch Nostell’s brand new creative Workshop, we’re hosting a pop-up bar courtesy of Wakefield Beer Exchange and a vinyl DJ set presented by Long Division. Relax to a mix of electronica and soundscape works spanning a range of decades and styles, including special samples of ticking clocks to echo Nostell’s Clock Work celebrations this year. Don’t miss your chance to see John Harrison’s masterpiece and the contemporary art installation of 2,000 clocks, ‘Harrison’s Garden’ by twilight. If you’re inspired to get creative yourself you can make your own clock jewellery to take home or join artist Mitchell Robinson for a clock printing demo.

No booking needed, just remember to bring cash for the bar and head to the website for admission prices (National Trust members free).

Think it's too far to come? Nostell’s just a 15 minute bus ride from the centre of Wakefield - jump on the 497 or the 223, they stop just outside the gates.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+


Normal admission charges apply (free for National Trust members), please head to for details.


Nostell - National Trust
Doncaster Road
nr Wakefield
West Yorkshire



General Information


01924 863892


Property Main Office

01924 866846

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