Nostell Priory and Parkland - National Trust

Nostell Priory and Parkland - National Trust
Doncaster Road
nr Wakefield
West Yorkshire



General Information


01924 863892


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01924 866846

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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

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

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)


  • 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

  • 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
  • 20 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm
  • 27 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


£2.00 per person.


Bridleway Killerton woods

Thursday Health Walk

  • 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


photograph of mountain bike

Free Guided Bike Rides

  • 3 September 2014 10:15am-12:30pm *on now
  • 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

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

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission charges apply.


photograph of forest

Buggy Walks

  • 3 September 2014 10:30-11:30am *on now
  • 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



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


Heritage Open Days 2014: Nostell Priory & Parkland

  • 13 September 2014

Conservation in action - various activities involving visitors and demonstrations of how we care for some of our contents.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.


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


£10.00 including supper.


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+


Tickets £60.00.