Things to see & do

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What's on

We've lots of events coming up from Museums at Night to Family Bat Walks and holiday activities in May half-term. Check out the listing at the link below for details and booking information.

Walks, talks & tours

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.

Don't miss

  • Join one of our behind the scenes tours
  • Explore our adventure playground
  • Stroll around the gardens and enjoy the lakeside walks
  • Enjoy tea and cake in the Courtyard Café
  • Take a walk up to Obelisk Lodge and enjoy the parkland
  • Meet our friendly volunteers and discover hidden gems in the house
  • Look out for Kingfishers and Woodpeckers by the lake
  • Picnic in the secluded menagerie garden

Family fun

Adventure playground

The wobble dishes in Nostellâ¿¿s playground make for wibbly wobbly giggles © Dominic Russell-Price

We've everything from wobble dishes and totter beams to spring horses, sound rollers and wooden playhouses. Make sure you visit in May half-term to have a go on the new zip wire.

Meet the butler and housekeeper

You might bump in to the butler or housekeeper as you explore the mansion © National Trust/Chris Lacey

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

Dress up and make believe at Nostell Priory © Chris Lacey

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.

Explore outdoors

If you enjoy outdoor fun, check out our activities page for inspiration from cycling and running to den building and geocaching. For little visitors, make sure you pick up a 50 things to so before you're 11 ¾ scrapbook - you can tick off lots at Nostell. 

Explore the gardens

The fruit and veg grown by Mark in the kitchen garden is used in the cafe

Keen photographers will find picture perfect opportunities by wandering through the pleasure gardens. Don't miss the Rose Garden in summer and explore the lakeside paths to find the secluded Menagerie House. How many varieties of rhubarb can you count in in the Kitchen Garden?

Nature spotting

You can spot grey herons fishing in the lakes at Nostell Priory

The gardens and parkland are a haven for birds and mammals. Listen out for the woodpeckers as you explore the woodland, spot herons, swans and ducks as you walk along the lakeside paths and look out for bats feeding at dusk.


The parkland is the ideal place for a walk. Explore on your own or join a guided walk. For details see our events list.

Or download a walk

Obelisk walk

Autumn Menagerie Walk

Grand Designs Easy Walk