Discover Isaac Newton at Woolsthorpe Manor

Book, notes, inkwell and jug in Isaac Newton's room

Woolsthorpe Manor looks like a typical Lincolnshire farmhouse – but Hannah Newton’s eldest son wasn’t interested in the life of a yeoman farmer in the 1600s. Instead Isaac Newton saw the apples fall in the orchard and asked why they always went straight to the ground.

That wasn't all. This farmer's son went first to school and then to Trinity College, Cambridge, and when the plague struck in 1665, came home to Woolsthorpe Manor where he did some of the most revolutionary maths and physics of his age.

The house is small but there's a story of Isaac in every room, from his premature birth to his time as President of the Royal Society. You'll be taken back to the seventeenth century, a time of civil war and experimental science, and discover how both of these affected Isaac Newton and made the work he did echo through the centuries.

Rooms are furnished simply, each one focussing on a different part of Isaac's time at Woolsthorpe. As you walk round we hope you'll be provoked to think about how this complex man saw his early surroundings and grew up to change the world.

Tim Peake reading Isaac Newton's Principia in space


Discover more about the story of the famous Newton apple tree in our brand new guidebook, with a special foreword by Tim Peake.

Solargraph image of Woolsthorpe Manor

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