Discover Isaac Newton at Woolsthorpe Manor

The west-facing front of the Manor house in March

Woolsthorpe Manor looks like a typical Lincolnshire farmhouse – but Isaac Newton wasn’t interested in the life of a yeoman farmer in the 1600s. He was filled with curiosity, questioning the world around him.

This is where Isaac Newton was born, grew up and made some of his most important discoveries.

Newton's family were farmers, and when his father died even before Isaac was born, his mother Hannah must have hoped her son would follow his father as a prosperous sheep famer and growing landowner.

This farmer's son, Isaac Newton, had his own ideas, going first to King's School In Grantham and then to Trinity College, Cambridge.

When the plague struck in 1665, he came home to Woolsthorpe Manor where he did some of the most revolutionary maths and physics of his age.

Newton questioned the world around him.
Desk in Newton's chamber with a copy of Principia, quills and an apple
Newton questioned the world around him.

Newton's Chamber is set up to reflect Isaac, as if he was residing and working there in 1665-6, his annus mirabilis, his Year of Wonders. It is the room where he used a prism to split light into rainbow colours. You can look through the window at the apple tree which inspired his thinking on gravity.

Visit the Hayloft to find out more about Newton’s prophetic birth. Discover how he became so widely known and has been commemorated through art, poetry and public monuments.

Isaac Newton marks this place as somewhere special. In this place an apple fell, and the way we see the world changed.

Entry to the Manor is currently by pre-booked tours only. 

Close up of an oak leaf

Book your visit

Entry to the Manor House is by pre-booked tours only. You do not need to book to visit the orchard or Science Centre. Book here or call 0344 249 1895.