Things to do in Newark house
Newark Park was inhabited for over 450 years, which gives the house a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Some rooms have been left as they were during the last tenancy, with features and furnishings ranging from Tudor entertainments to 20th-century living.
Originally built as a hunting lodge during the 16th century, Newark Park has evolved over time to suit changing fashions. As it gradually changed from a grand space for entertaining to a comfortable family home, the house has developed a relaxed and informal atmosphere as well as some architectural quirks. Breathtaking views and cosy armchairs make it easy to imagine living on the estate.
A place to explore and entertain
The house is open between 11am and 4pm, with last entry at 3.45pm (please check opening times before your visit). There are plenty of rooms to explore, with volunteer room guides available to answer your questions.
The Tudor Sitting Room features a model of the house that explains the different eras and architectural phases of Newark Park, from Tudor hunting lodge to 20th-century community hub.
For younger visitors, there are crocheted characters to spot on the ground floor, as well as a range of puzzles and costumes to try on in the Buff Room. Why not dress up as a Tudor lord or lady and explore the house in character?
The first floor is home to the second-hand bookshop, where visitors can take home a ‘blind date with a book’, as well as browse a range of fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs and some ‘unusual finds’ books.
Guided tours of the basement kitchens run on Saturdays in November 2023, with written guides also available. Please check with visitor reception on arrival.
Accessing the house
The front door to the house is accessed from the Carriage Drive, which is the main visitor route onto the site.
A ramp is available for visitors with access needs, as well as a wheelchair. There is no step-free access to the upper floors – please ask in the Entrance Hall for the photobook of the upper floors.
Braille guides are located in the Entrance Hall; please ask a room guide on arrival at the house.
There is a toilet on the ground floor by the front door.