Nostell Priory is in a beautiful setting, off the main road between Doncaster and Wakefield. there are extensive grounds and you can access the extensive parkland and see the house from the outside without being National Trust members. The stately home is very imposing and is interesting to walk around, although there are guides in nearly every room, which can feel a little intimidating.
There is a lovely cafe, which is great on a sunny day, as you can sit outside in a beautiful setting. The cafe is near the childrens' play area, which is well thought through.
Nostell Priory has a number of special events during the year and, in the summer, they had themed family events every Thursday, which were enjoyable, although quite simple.
The only negative I would offer is that you should be able to visit the cafe without having to pay entrance fee/ be a NT member.
I made a bit of an entrance last time I was here. I went to the show in the grounds with my arts and crafts stall. Something went on the car and limped in saying where do we go..they tried to say stop..said not unless you want us here in the entrance all day..engine off..full stop!
Managed to get in position and set up. A nice man in a wax jacket and wellies asked me what I thought of the lay out. I think I gave him a 10 min speech on how to improve it and he made notes and said thank you we are learning. I asked if he was the event organiser when someone called to him..Your Lordship................
Anyway a bit later I took a break and went to look around the Priory. Spent an interesting hour or so. Things to see are England's best documented collections of Chippendale furniture, designed especially for the house. A large art collection, with works by Pieter Brueghel and Angelica Kauffmann, the lovely 18th-century doll's-house (with its original fittings and Chippendale-style furniture), a huge library libraries in the National Trust's portfolio and the John Harrison long-case clock.
This led to mistake number 2. Wandering down a corridor I met an elderly lady in carpet slipper. She was arranging flowers on a table there. We chatted and she said have you seem our Brueghel and took my hand..whizzed me off to it. She left me there and I told the security guy what a nice old lady the cleaner was..yes His Lordships mother!
Anyway they have lots of fairs and events in the grounds and there is a childrens playground..a cafe in the stable yard area. Apparently it is now National Trust but maybe the family still live there. It costs about £5 for the garden (when no event on) and £7 including house.
We are regular visitors to this place and always enjoy walking round the extensive grounds and lake.
The small cafe is very good.
There is a children's adventure playground and the house is very interesting if you enjoy that kind of thing
A wonderful National Trust property. There's lots of walks around the property, including a big lake & a triangular shaped obelisk gate building to admire. There's the house itself to look around & the grounds. There's a small National Trust gift shop & cafe (though a bigger cafe is currently being built outside the area you pay to get in) a Rose Garden, another lake, swings & a brand new (2008) adventure playground for the kids. There are regular events, craft shows & second hand book fairs.
Formerly the site of a monastery, Nostell Priory is an 18th-century treasure house situated just 5 miles from the centre of Wakefield. It's an oasis of calm, with exquisite interiors by James Paine and Robert Adam, furniture by Chippendale, a collection of paintings and a very special library. Inside the house, there is one of only three ever made John Harrison (longitude) longcase clock and a unique 18th-century dolls' house which is simply amazing, not only by its grandeur but the fact that it remains intact after all of this time of being played with. With rolling countryside, woods and tracks, Nostell Park is an ideal place to bring the family for a walk in the fresh air.
This place holds special memories for me - I enjoy the walks around the grounds - they hold plenty of fairs and events. Great parking - I would suggest you take a picnic but there is a small cafe. You do have to pay an entrance fee although if you plan on staying for a while then its well worth it. Easy to find.
Nostell Priory is a lovely park and stately home located about 10 minutes by car outside of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, which makes a lovely day out. It does need good weather as there is a lot to see out of doors, especially the annual Yorkshire show with markets and horse and bird displays. The house itself you can visit and it has a number of old fashioned style exhibits. The staff are so nice and know the history of the area very well. There is a kids play area which is free to use, a cafe and ice cream van usually there, and clean facilities. It is fully accomodating for disabled people and people with buggies. It is a lovely day out best saved for a hot summer day.
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