Newstead Abbey
Newstead Abbey
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Originally built in 1164 as an Augustinian priory, this became the ancestral home of poet Lord Byron.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • GoingGuide
    Nottingham, United Kingdom1,219 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing coffee and cake
    Great place to visit and explore the heritage of the Byron family. Set in beautiful grounds, including a range of garden designs plus magnificent lakes. Cafe set in courtyard offers hot/cold drinks and cakes plus a range of lunches suitable for various dietary requirements, including gluten-free and vegetarian. Ideal place for families, couples or individuals to visit. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Izabela W
    Nottingham, United Kingdom165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another lovely visit
    I visited Newstead Abbey few times, and always find it very relaxing and good for my body and soul.At any time of year. On very hot Saturday, sitting on grass and eating ice cream,.perfect. Water lilies in full bloom, early morning, when it's not too busy-just lovely.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Jason Plant
    Clay Cross, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day out.
    Fantastic place to vist and dog friendly. They have a lovely park for the kids. Lovely walks around the garden and a lovely Japanese style garden as well. There is plenty to see and do and the staff are very friendly.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 2023
  • British H
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Newstead have done it again!
    This is the 3rd year in a row we've been to see the Christmas display and thought how amazing it is. This year they are doing Narnia and what an amazing job they've done. As a family we usually visit 2 to 3 houses during Christmas and Newstead always stands out, for one we can all go as a family cheaper than one of us can to the other better known houses. The display is always more enjoyable because you follow the story of the particular theme they've gone with. In some of the other houses you go in and leave without an understanding of what the theme actually was. If you only want to visit one house at Christmas forget the bigger over commercialized houses and come to Newstead. Well done to everyone involved 👏👏👏👏👏
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Daphne E
    Nottingham, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great Christmas experience
    We visited as a family to see Narnia. We arrived at 10.15am had a lovely warm drink and cake and went into the house at 11am. Admittedly we were obe of the first people to enter but had no problems with viewing displays and the children of 10 and 6 wete also fascinated to see displays connected to Lord Byron. Excellent contributions by students from Nottingham Trent University. A wonderful experience. !!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 December 2023
  • swillis2016
    Plymouth, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to visit
    What a beautiful place to visit! We were lucky enough to make time to visit the Abbey during the 'Narnia experience' after Christmas and it was amazing. The whole family, adults and children loved it. The effort put in to make it special was brilliant, staff must have worked hard at this. We spent an hour and a half in the Abbey but it really flew by! We hoped to have had a coffee and cake but the cafe was very busy.. our loss! Next time! Would recommend to anyone in the area or travelling to to take time to visit. We will be back in the summer to explore the gardens and enjoy a picnic. Thank you!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 January 2024
  • TrudyWeb
    Nottingham, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out
    The Narnia/Christmas experience was yet again a great delight! Such thought, skill and detail had gone into every aspect. Our 3 grandchildren ages 10, 6 and 3 thoroughly enjoyed it too explaining details to the rest of the family later. Well done to all the students and staff who had worked so hard, a lovely day out, great value too.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Sarah C
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place, but sort out the attitude of the member of staff in your cafe!!!
    I love visiting Newstead, it’s one of my special places and has a unique atmosphere. The only reason I’m deducting a star is due to the attitude of one member of staff in the cafe when I visited today. To be clear, the younger members of staff are fab and really helpful, but the woman at the pay point was abrupt and rude. I’ve seen several other reviews citing problems with staff in the cafe and wonder if it’s the same person. Customer care plays a huge part in the whole Newstead experience. So, come on Newstead, make sure your customers are being treated well or at the very least, make sure your customer-facing staff know how to crack a smile.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 January 2024
  • Sam3314
    Derby, United Kingdom2,122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Byron and so much more
    Fascinating house with a history that is not just Lord Byron. Lots of art work and interesting objects. Great volunteers who will explain everything and enter into interesting discussions. Follow the brown signs to get there as there is only one way in. You pay for parking for the car and then there is an extra charge for the house if you want to go round. Lovely formal gardens and parkland. Dogs welcome everywhere apart from the house. Nice little cafe. Paths in the garden are well made so not muddy
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 January 2024
  • Charles_and_Susan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom5,896 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable walk in the gardens.
    We arrived just after 2pm, we didn't realise it closed at 4pm at this time of year. We still enjoyed a walk around. The waterways through the Japanese garden were overflowing a bit so you need sturdy shoes. We visited most parts of the gardens - some parts you could see were being tended but a lot of it could do with some TLC. It's a shame to see it deteriorate. The bamboo clumps (were they part of the original garden?) were getting out of control in several areas of the Japanese garden. Still, it's a good place to get out for a walk. As we'd not a lot of time we didn't visit the cafe.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 January 2024
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Karla F
Llandysul, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Super interesting and interactive. Lot’s to see and learn. Gorgeous gardens. Lovely cafe. Good parking and accessible. Would love to have seen more gardens! Loved the dress up too!
Written 9 March 2024
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katduza
Derby, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Visited over the weekend and was incredibly surprised.
Who ever runs their website, is really underselling it because this place is HUGE.
Each room was beautifully presented and very well maintained by staff, who seem to really love where they are and are very happy to give clear and wonderful info. It was a joy to see how excited they were to share stories and information about which ever room you were in.
Guides are understaffed though and therefore unable to show all their rooms but what there was, and there was a lot, was fabulous. Items for Byron were displayed, along with rooms you could walk into and admire. Fun little rooms at the end with interactive aspects like dressing up and thoughtful presentation on the black experience. The first poem by the entrance stairwell hit me hard, as did the one referencing the man in the fireplace panel.
Gardens were beautiful and well maintained, you can see the love the FoH/volunteer people have for their work space.
The cafe was lovely, clean and had many seats. Bathrooms were very clean. The food was very good, best omelette I have had in ages.
Two coeliacs in our group, and though they had run out of GF bread, were happy to offer the vegan chilli (Which our non vegan teen said was very tasty) and the omelette instead, both well presented and in good portions for hungry people.
I knew nothing about Byron when I went in, and now feel well educated and very happy we visited.
Excellent prices, we are not well off and did not feel like we paid too much. Good value for money and affordable.
Parking is separate, £6 at the time, and gives access to all the gardens which are also huge with accessible pathways which can be navigated by most disabilities.
House has many stairs and levels, not wheel chair friendly but being historic building, to be expected.
Nice large shop at end of tour (And start) which has a large variety of gifts and some duck food which is recommended for the swans who hold you hostage.
Grounds open at 10, house at 11 with last access at 3. We spent almost the whole time there and could of happily spent much more.
All in all, brilliant place, lovely staff, beautifully maintained with caring love.
Nottingham council have a gem here and really need to update their website on this, it deserves more visitors.
Written 30 January 2024
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK5,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We arrived just after 2pm, we didn't realise it closed at 4pm at this time of year.

We still enjoyed a walk around. The waterways through the Japanese garden were overflowing a bit so you need sturdy shoes. We visited most parts of the gardens - some parts you could see were being tended but a lot of it could do with some TLC. It's a shame to see it deteriorate. The bamboo clumps (were they part of the original garden?) were getting out of control in several areas of the Japanese garden.

Still, it's a good place to get out for a walk.

As we'd not a lot of time we didn't visit the cafe.
Written 29 January 2024
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Sam3314
Derby, UK2,122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Fascinating house with a history that is not just Lord Byron. Lots of art work and interesting objects. Great volunteers who will explain everything and enter into interesting discussions. Follow the brown signs to get there as there is only one way in. You pay for parking for the car and then there is an extra charge for the house if you want to go round. Lovely formal gardens and parkland. Dogs welcome everywhere apart from the house. Nice little cafe. Paths in the garden are well made so not muddy
Written 28 January 2024
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n55ffc
Radcliffe on Trent, UK923 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We parked at the entrance and walked to the Abbey. It’s about a mile and a lovely walk along The Woodland Way through the trees. Fabulous gardens to wander around and then there’s the cafe! It’s very tired and could do with some TLC.
Written 28 January 2024
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Sarah C
Nottinghamshire, UK4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I love visiting Newstead, it’s one of my special places and has a unique atmosphere.

The only reason I’m deducting a star is due to the attitude of one member of staff in the cafe when I visited today.

To be clear, the younger members of staff are fab and really helpful, but the woman at the pay point was abrupt and rude.

I’ve seen several other reviews citing problems with staff in the cafe and wonder if it’s the same person.

Customer care plays a huge part in the whole Newstead experience. So, come on Newstead, make sure your customers are being treated well or at the very least, make sure your customer-facing staff know how to crack a smile.
Written 13 January 2024
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TrudyWeb
Nottingham, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The Narnia/Christmas experience was yet again a great delight! Such thought, skill and detail had gone into every aspect. Our 3 grandchildren ages 10, 6 and 3 thoroughly enjoyed it too explaining details to the rest of the family later. Well done to all the students and staff who had worked so hard, a lovely day out, great value too.
Written 2 January 2024
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swillis2016
Plymouth, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
What a beautiful place to visit!

We were lucky enough to make time to visit the Abbey during the 'Narnia experience' after Christmas and it was amazing. The whole family, adults and children loved it. The effort put in to make it special was brilliant, staff must have worked hard at this.

We spent an hour and a half in the Abbey but it really flew by! We hoped to have had a coffee and cake but the cafe was very busy.. our loss! Next time!

Would recommend to anyone in the area or travelling to to take time to visit.

We will be back in the summer to explore the gardens and enjoy a picnic.

Thank you!
Written 2 January 2024
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Daphne E
Nottingham, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We visited as a family to see Narnia. We arrived at 10.15am had a lovely warm drink and cake and went into the house at 11am. Admittedly we were obe of the first people to enter but had no problems with viewing displays and the children of 10 and 6 wete also fascinated to see displays connected to Lord Byron. Excellent contributions by students from Nottingham Trent University. A wonderful experience. !!
Written 30 December 2023
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Deborah W
Nottinghamshire, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Absolutely fantastic visit to experience Narnia at Newstead. Despite the huge number of visitors all was organised very well. Instalation and effects magic.
Written 25 December 2023
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