Be a science pilgrim
Experience the simple natural environment around the Manor that inspired Newton to question, explore and experiment in a way that would come to shape modern scientific thinking.
For at least two centuries, Woolsthorpe has been ‘shown to strangers’, from 18th-century tourists to society’s influencers and celebrities. For many though, it holds a far greater significance. It is a place of scientific pilgrimage, graced by some of science greatest minds, including Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
At Woolsthorpe a young Newton took steps into a lifetime of observation, experimentation and discovery. On return here in 1665 and 1666, escaping the plague in Cambridge, he worked obsessively developing his revolutionary theories on optics, mathematics and gravity. A period historians later called his Annus Mirablis or Year of Wonders.
Explore the Manor and reflect on the surroundings that enabled Newton to transcend his birth and destiny. Watch the light in Newton’s chamber, the room where he used a prism to split light from the south-facing window and the coloured spectrum fell on the wall.
Take a short stroll through our orchard and visit the tree where Newton watched an apple fall and questioned why it fell straight to the ground. Here at this 17th-century farmhouse, visitors from around the world contemplate the world as he saw it and how we see it today.
" As a teacher, this man is the giant my students stand on"