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“A Work-in-Progress on a Huge Scale”

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Rotherham
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Luckily our coach driver stopped first at the lovely Garden Centre for refreshments after our journey, so we were refreshed and revitalised before starting our Fitzwilliam Tour. We had read Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey and the tour brought the book to life, with its stories of opulence and extravagance. The house is massive and still clearly suffering from leaks and subsidence. Work is taking place to remedy problems but with a house this size there will always be something for builders to do. The tour lasted well over two hours as we walked through one room after another, all with magnificent fireplaces, ceilings and decorative mouldings. Hardly any furniture (it all had to be sold) and we had two ladies toting chairs along for anyone who needed a rest en route. A good idea. I feel privileged to have seen the house at this stage in its life and wish the Preservation Trust well for the future. I look forward to seeing the house in TV and film dramas. The empty rooms make this an ideal backdrop. One little niggle. With all this space and rooms aplenty, why were the cubicles in the Ladies Loo so tiny? There was plenty of space for more generous arrangements. Hopefully these were temporary.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Visited this stately property over the eastor weekend for a fitz-william tour. Tours are prebooked and I can see why. on arrival, the main entrance way was filled with people on tour. At first, it was very overpowering, luckily the the large group of people were split into smaller groups, which made it much better to see the rooms and hear the guides story. These were tales of opulenance, fued and grandualer of the houses past and familiys that lived here. Each one was fascinating and brethtaking

Our guide was a volunteer, Matthew. he was passionate about the house and that really showed. The tales were delivered expertly, with good houmour with feeling and passion for the building and dare i say.....NO NOTES IN SIGHT!!!! that makes a change as a lot of houses take notes with them to refer to and read from them like robots. but not at wentworth. wentworth is different, The house came alive and he pointed things out that we may have otherwise missed he took pride and was clearly happy the tours and really knew how to talk to varying types of people to keep us all engaged,. the carvings over the doors and fireplaces all so beatiful and oh my goodnsess, the marbel room!

I would reccomend this house to anyone,. it doesnt matter that the trust have bought it and there is little in the terms of furnishing (some of which is making its way back to wentworth anyway) the house is coming alive again book a tour and support it - you wont be dissapointed,

Tip 1 : Dont let the first apparences of broken fence put you off. (surely this can be fixed with some timber its not too expensive and would really help?!)

Tip 2: do the biggest tour you can and fall in love with this place.

We finished with cup of tea cake which were competitively priced which made for a great day out

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Wentworth House tour was amazing with very knowledgable guides who answered every question that was asked in great detail.
This tour was followed by a tour of Cliffords Tower with the very funny and knowledgable Bob who has worked at Wentworth Woodhouse for most of his life (since 1972) - anything you want to know just ask Bob!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Today it snowed heavily but our prebooked visit went ahead. Members of the National Trust pay half price but must show their Trust cards on entry. We started with the Wentworth Tour, ably guided by Dave and assistant guide, Emma. The tour lasts 1 hr 15 minutes and there is lot of historical information given. We then had coffee and cake in the delightful coffee shop, and then met Robert, our guide for the next tour of the Clifford Tower. Robert is a complete character, who started working at Wentworth 45 years ago as a carpenter, so his information is extensive. The House is well worth visiting, and good luck with the continuing renovations. It will be lovely to return in the summer to do the Garden Tour.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

By chance I discovered that this amazing house with the long frontage was open for guided tours and having walked many times in the area, I wanted to go inside. I managed to book on the Fitzwilliam Tour which didn't disappoint. Tour lasted 2+ hours and Reg, the Guide, held our interest with his deep knowledge and passion for the history of the house, sprinkled with lots of fun anecdotes. Well worth a visit and what an excellent Guide!
We went in the Chapel, along long corridors, up to the top floor and into some rooms previously occupied by Mabel College. I can't tell you how many rooms we went in although it wasn't the full spectrum of 365 rooms the house is supposed to have!
The tour was just long enough and I look forward to going on another one - the Clifford or Wentworth.

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