Things to see & do
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Discover fascinating stories and see behind the scenes in our varied programme. Scale the servants' staircase to the attics, climb into the hay loft, or find out more about the parkland and wider estate.
Find the next walk, talk and tour dates on our events list.
- Join one of our behind the scenes tours
- Explore our adventure playground
- Stroll around the gardens and enjoy the lakeside walks
- Indulge in seasonal treats in the Courtyard Café
- Take a walk up to Obelisk Lodge and enjoy the parkland
- Discover hidden gems in the house as part of the From Gloom to Glow project
- Look out for kingfishers and woodpeckers by the lake
- Picnic in the secluded Menagerie Garden
The house is open Wednesday - Sunday with guided tours available from 11am and the rooms opening free-flow from 1pm. As you explore, look out for the new From Gloom to Glow light installations and don't forget to pick up a house guide to give you some of Nostell's background history, we've a handy family guide too.
Keen photographers will find picture perfect opportunities by wandering through the Pleasure Grounds. Don't miss the Rose Garden in summer and explore the lakeside paths to find the secluded Menagerie House. How many types of rhubarb can you spot in the Kitchen Garden?
The zip wire is ready for action!
Come along from to have a go on the whopping 30 metre zip wire through the woodland, newly installed this summer. How fast will you go?
We've everything from wobble dishes and totter beams to spring horses, sound rollers and wooden playhouses. You might notice the makings of a brand new zip wire underway too - keep your eyes peeled on the website to find out when it's ready!
Meet the butler and housekeeper
Look out for the butler and housekeeper in traditional dress. See if you can beat them at the kind of games that Victorian children would have played and learn how servants lived at Nostell.
Dress up and make believe
Don't miss the chance to dress up in the servants' quarters of the house. Get all the family involved with Victorian smocks, hats, and overcoats to help you step into character.
There's plenty you can tick off your list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Nostell. From making grass trumpets and flying a kite on the vista to joining holiday activities like den building and campfire cooking, you'll have your scrapbook filled in in no time.