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Things to do in Newark house

A volunteer talks with visitors in the entrance hall at Newark Park, Gloucestershire
A volunteer talks with visitors in the entrance hall at Newark Park, Gloucestershire | © James Dobson

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 seasonal trails, 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. There is also an ‘unusual finds’ section where visitors can find special vintage or niche books.

Guided tours of the basement kitchens run on certain days, dependant on volunteers - please ask at visitor reception on arrival to find out if tours are running. Spaces on tours are limited, and offered on a first come first served basis. There is also a written guide available.

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.

Visitors in the Drawing Room at Newark Park

The history of Newark Park

Discover how Newark's residents have shaped the house