Walks, Talks and Tours at Nostell Priory

Servants' bells at Nostell

Join a guided tour to discover Nostell's secrets and stories. You'll see where the servants slept, venture into the hayloft and explore the parkland with our regular behind-the-scenes programme.

Behind the scenes stables tour

Join a friendly stable guide to discover the history of this fascinating building and explore areas not usually open to visitors. You’ll both follow the footsteps of stable boys into the hayloft and stand in the viewing platform where only the Winns’ esteemed guests were invited to admire their horses. Tours last approx. 45 minutes.
 
The route includes uneven floors and steep stairs, so sturdy footwear is essential.
 

Parkland walk with a teatime treat

Work up an appetite on this 2.5 mile guided walk across the Nostell parkland and enjoy a teatime treat in the Courtyard Café afterwards. Our knowledgeable guides will share the history and geography of the estate, from the original Augustinian priory to the architecture that you can see today including Druid's Bridge and Robert Adam's Obelisk Lodge.
 
As you encounter lakes, meadows and woodland, you'll also gain an insight into the flora and fauna of this varied landscape. The walk will last approximately one hour with seasonal refreshments available in the café on your return.
 
Each of these monthly walks has a different theme. Whether you're particularly interested in finding the best spot for enjoying the late spring bluebells or learning more about the local history of Nostell, check out the what's on page to see which themes are coming up.
 
Take a peek behind the scenes
Visitors peering into the attic at Nostell

Upstairs Downstairs

Book onto this popular tour to explore the parts of the mansion that are normally behind closed doors. You'll visit the cellars and wind your way up into the attics to see the near derelict servants' quarters. Our knowledgeable guides will unfold the stories of life upstairs and downstairs, giving you both a flavour of Georgian high society and an insight into how the staff lived and worked at Nostell. These tours run weekly on varying days - be sure to check our events listing for the next one.

Church Walks

Learn more about the priory that Nostell takes its name from and what part the parish church played in the history of the Winn family. This easy walk will last around an hour and take you back to the car park so it's perfect to do towards the end of your visit. If you wish to take a look inside the church (not looked after by the National Trust), one of the church wardens will be on hand to show you around.