Things to see & do

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What's on

With autumn on its way, we've plenty to celebrate the changing seasons. Explore Nostell for free on Heritage Open Day, join us for Wakefield Literature Festival and get out and about with our Great British Walk events and downloadable trails.

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
  • 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

Explore the house

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.

Glorious gardens

 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?

New parkland paths

The brand new Carriageway and Hardwick Beck paths are fantastic for running, cycling, walking and scooting, all year round. Have a look at our activities page to see the different ways you can enjoy the big outdoors.

Family fun

The zip wire is ready for action!

Enjoy a thrilling ride on the zip line © National Trust

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?

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. 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

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.

50 things to do

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.

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