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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.

New for 2015: From Gloom to Glow

Alcoves and archways are accentuated with sweeping light in the Lower Hall © National Trust / North News Picture Agency

Alcoves and archways are accentuated with sweeping light in the Lower Hall

Visit from Saturday 18 April 2015 to see Nostell Priory in a brand new light. Fresh light installations have been designed to illuminate some of the darker spaces of the house, highlighting special pieces of the world-class collection. As you explore the historic rooms, you will see plasterwork, paintings and precious objects shining like never before.

New for 2015: From Gloom to Glow

The Tapestry Room is filled with exotic furniture, which literally glows © National Trust / North News Picture Agency

The Tapestry Room is filled with exotic furniture, which literally glows

The installations have been designed by NDYLIGHT, using warm hues to create shadows and shapes so that the house feels welcoming, familiar and lived in. Pick up your mini guide when you enter the house to learn about the history of Nostell and the context to the newly lit spaces.

New for 2015: From Gloom to Glow

The memories of servants are brought to life by the illuminated bells © National Trust / North News Picture Agency

The memories of servants are brought to life by the illuminated bells

The lighting is intended to draw the eye to objects which symbolise human presence as well as highlight pieces of extraordinary craftsmanship including Robert Adam architecture, James Paine plasterwork and Chippendale furniture. 

New for 2015: From Gloom to Glow

Discover the detail in the intricate wallpaper of the State Bedroom © National Trust / North News Picture Agency

Discover the detail in the intricate wallpaper of the State Bedroom

From Gloom to Glow is an evolving project that experiments with lighting never seen before at Nostell and we would love visitors to share their thoughts and experiences. Pop your ideas on a lightbulb comment card when you visit or let us know what you think on facebook and twitter.

Events and highlights

  • See the glassware sparkle under the warm lighting of the State Dining Room © National Trust / North News Picture Agency

    From Gloom to Glow

    Visit the mansion Wednesday - Sunday to see the rooms transformed with new light installations.

  • Family fun

    Swing, jump and wobble in the adventure playground and dress up like a Victorian in the house.

  • What's on

    Treat dad to den building and a Father's Day feast on 21 June.

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