Winter tours at Woolsthorpe

Woolsthorpe is a place of winter shadows, a place to hear the stories of a sickly baby who grew up to become the greatest scientist of his time: the Christmas-born Isaac Newton. Tours run regulary throughout the day. Last tour 2.15pm.

Join a 45-minute tour of the manor house led by one of our volunteers, where you get a sense of Isaac Newton, the boy, the man and the scientist.

The manor house at Woolsthorpe has a long history of families and farming, one of many similar houses you can still see in this part of the Midlands. But this is where Isaac Newton was born, grew up and made some of his most important discoveries. In this place an apple fell, and the way we see the world changed.

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.

Newton, though, had other ideas, and the story of how he became one of the greatest scientists of the age is one of solitude and singlemindedness.

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 whch inspired his thinking on gravity.

We are open in the late autumn and winter every Friday to Sunday from 8 November between 11am - 3pm . Tours run regulary throughout the day.  Last tour 2.15pm.

No need to book, just turn up on the day.

" It's the people and their stories which make the property come to life, which is why we enjoy the tours in the winter months. Taking a group with lots of different backgrounds around the house, sharing its stories and its place in history, is a great experience. And moving about keeps us a bit warmer - you wonder how they managed in Newton's time."
- Woolsthorpe volunteer
Newton's bedchamber with unmade and shaft of split light from a prism

Year of Wonders 1665-1667

Newton's Year of Wonders saw him lay the foundations for his theories on calculus, optics and the laws of motion and gravity at Woolsthorpe Manor.