Nostell Priory and Parkland National Trust Review

Nostell Priory is a National Trust property near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It is a nice place to visit for a few hours and we have never found it to be busy.

One thing to note is that the car park is quite a walk from the main entrance so if you take a picnic you may want to bear this in mind. Non-members have to pay a small charge to park and members must validate their ticket.

Nostell Priory and Parkland Review Guide

Nostell Priory and Parkland Things To Do Review

Nostell has a large Georgian Palladian mansion that you can look around plus landscaped gardens, parkland and a play area. The house dates from 1733 and it was built by the Winn family on the site of a medieval priory. The house today contains a large amount of Chippendale furniture

The house is set in 300 acres of parkland. The main gardens are accessed through the stable courtyard or you can walk around the parkland which is accessed from the other side. If you walk in the parkland there is a restored Obelisk lodge and some pretty lakes to see. The lodge was built in the 17th century and inhabited until the late 1950s.

Some of the parkland also has views of the druid’s bridge. There are walking, cycling and running paths in the parkland. You can pick up a map and follow one of their routes. It is worth picking up a map as some of the paths are hard to find, it also has estimated walking times which is always useful. There is also a lot of woodland to explore.

Nostell Priory and Parkland Review Guide
Nostell Priory and Parkland Review Guide

Access into the house is through the big doors at the front of the house (before you go through the courtyard). The house is open again although it is not open all week so do check their website before visiting. There are a few staterooms that you can look in within the house.

There were guides in a few of the rooms and they interacted a lot with my son, one of them even taught him how to fold a napkin into a swan. They have quite a few activities in the rooms for the kids to participate in which is great at keeping them interested. There is also a gorgeous dolls house that is regarded as one of the finest in the country. We hadn’t heard of this house before we visited and we were very impressed. There are two floors of rooms to explore.

Nostell Priory and Parkland
Nostell Priory and Parkland

The gardens were very pleasant to walk around. We started our walk around a rose garden and a kitchen garden. This then led us to a play area. This is a large area with an excellent zip wire, a swing and a few things to climb on. It is possible there has been some more equipment added since we last went as there is apparently a fort there which we have not seen before.

Nostell Priory and Parkland Things to do

We then went for a walk around the middle lake. This took us past a really pretty lake and then on a circular path around some woodland. It was the perfect time of year for spotting toadstools and we found one that I thought only existed in fairy stories.

Nostell Priory and Parkland Things to do

We also walked around the lower lake. There are a few things to see including an arch, a Menagerie, pleasure grounds and a boathouse. They have a few picnic benches dotted around but there is also a cafe in the stable courtyard. This is also where the main toilets are with another smaller block near the play area.

Nostell Priory and Parkland
Nostell Priory and Parkland

Nostell Priory and Parkland FAQ & Further Information

Address: Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wragby, Wakefield WF4 1QE, West Yorkshire

Category – Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.

What are the ticket prices?

FREE or Cheap. Free for members of the National Trust or cheap for non-members. It currently costs just £5 to park although I anticipate that this will increase again soon and return to their old prices.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Historic house with 2 floors of rooms to explore and activities for children, parkland with walks and cycling, gardens, play area and buildings to find. There are toilets and a cafe.

When are they open?

Nostell Priory and Parkland is open almost all year round. Please see their website for up-to-date information.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.

Is there parking?

There is parking. There may be a fee for non-members.

Are they dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome in the parkland, they are not permitted in the gardens (including the playground), the mansion house and inside the Courtyard Café.

Are they accessible?

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