Winter tours at Woolsthorpe

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

Woolsthorpe is a place of winter shadows, a place to hear the stories of a sickly baby who grew up to become the first - and greatest - scientist of his time: the Christmas-born Isaac Newton.

When it's cold outside and the light is wintry,  join a 40-minute tour of the manor house led by one of our volunteers, where you get a sense of how Isaac and his family might have lived here in the 1660s.

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 East 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. You'll see the room where he used a prism to split light into rainbow colours, and look through the window at the apple tree whch inspired his thinking on gravity during 1665-6, his annus mirabilis, his Year of Wonders.

And while Isaac was shut in his room with his books and experiments, life on the farm went on. The manor house is set up as it might have looked during the 1660s and there are lots of insights into the domestic life of a family of the middling sort.

Tours run from Friday-Monday at 11.15, 12.30 and 1.45. Booking is essential - please call 01476 862823 to book a place.

" 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