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18th-century architectural masterpiece with landscape park and gardens

Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years. Commissioned by Sir Rowland Winn in 1733, James Paine built the house. Later additions by Robert Adam created exceptional interiors.

Visitors can explore 121 hectares (300 acres) of parkland with a range of walks and views. Gardens include lakeside walks, a newly planted orchard and an adventure playground.

Inside the house, see a collection of Chippendale furniture made specially for Nostell. Paintings by Brueghel, Hogarth and Kauffmann. A John Harrison (Longitude) longcase clock and an 18th-century dolls' house. The restored Butler's Pantry is also open to view this year.

Events and highlights

  • What's on?

    Enjoy children's theatre, car shows or craft fairs and behind the scenes tours

  • Family fun

    Go wild in the play area, pick up a trail in the house or join us for school holiday activities

  • Sports and activities

    Experience the outdoors with a variety of sports activities for all the family

Red Poppies and White Butterflies

Red Poppies and White Butterflies added by visitors to Nostell Priory  © Sarah Burnage

Red Poppies and White Butterflies added by visitors to Nostell Priory

To commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One Nostell Priory, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been discovering the small stories of the Great War – stories of loss and of hope, for rich and for poor, landowner, labour and maid. We have a host of exciting events, activities and workshops planned for 2014. See our events list or visit our project homepage to find out more.

The Winns at War

Lady St Oswald © National Trust

Lady St Oswald

War World One was a time of heroism, sacrifice and scandal for the Winn family of Nostell Priory. Discover their World War One story here.

Lost voices of WW1

Faces of those who lived and worked at Nostell Priory during World War One  © Sarah Burnage

Faces of those who lived and worked at Nostell Priory during World War One

Listen to voices from Nostell's World War One past brought to life by actors from Yew Tree Youth Theatre. Hear the voices of Rowland and Charles Winn as they struggle with life on the front lines, or that of their sister Edith and her desperate attempt to assure her father that she had made a suitable match in Guy Westmacott. Also that of army chaplain G.M Ambrose charged with the sad duty of informing John Turton's family that he had succumbed to gas poisoning.

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Find out the latest news about Nostell Priory through our Facebook page. Read updates about projects and go behind the scenes with staff and volunteers.

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Playing out at Nostell

How many of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ have you ticked off? We think we can challenge you to complete 26 at Nostell. Check out our top five, see if we can help you tick them all off!

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