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Newstead Abbey Park, Nottingham,
Nottinghamshire, NG15 8NA

01623 455900

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Every day except the last Friday in November, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day ; 9am - 5pm Summer, 9am - 4pm Winter or dusk if earlier.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Sat Nav Code - NG15 9HJ

Group Appointment: Yes

Private tours can be arranged to the House.  Gardens open to Coach parties everyday.

House Open for Viewing: Yes

Pre-booked tours. The house is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons for self guided visits of the House.

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

Formal Gardens and Park: £6.00 per car
House Entry: Adult £7; Conc £5.00 (Weekends)
Cyclists/Walkers in park and gardens £1.00 - all year round.
Outdoor Season ticket: Family £40.00

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Disabled access in gardens, but house has stairs.

Garden Features & Events
English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Gardener's Cottage in Grounds The Dakota Hotel, J27 off M1 The Gateway - Nottingham

Inns & Pubs:

The Hutt - Ravenshead Larch Farm - Ravenshead

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

Two statues represent a family of satyrs, the mother and child being particulary unusual subjects. They were brought here from Italy by the 5th Lord Byron to ornament a grove of trees to the east of the pond. The grove, thereafter known as Devil's Wood, was eventually cleared away by Mr Webb and has been recently replanted.

The north terrace walk, 720 feet in length, runs parallel to a very grand herbaceous border created by the Webbs some time before 1876. Nearer to the house Byron had built a monument to his favourite dog Boatswain, who had died of rabies in 1808. To the south of Boatswain's monument is the Spanish garden named for the origin of the well-head at its centre, its thick box hedges form a geometrical pattern for bright flower beds. A number of skeletons were unearthed while this garden was being made, so the site was probably a monastic burial ground. The sub-tropical or bamboo gardens, recently restored, are also likely to be the work of the Webb sisters and contemporary with the Rockery.

The rose garden, created in 1965, contains early roses and recent cultivars. It was formerly the kitchen garden that supplied the Webb household with vast quantities of fruit and vegetables as well as plants such as ferns and begonias for embellishing the house. Newstead owes much of its tranquil beauty to the river Leen. Since monastic times its waters have fed the lakes, ponds and water cascades that ornament the ground here. The stew pond, flanked by ancient yew walks and thought to have originated as a mediaeval fish pond in which the canons of the priory bred carp, is perhaps the oldest of these and the most romantic in appearance.

History Of Garden

Founded as a monastic house in the late twelfth century, Newstead's most famous owner, the poet Lord Byron, inherited the property but sold it in 1818.

The large formal garden to the east of the house is thought to have been created by the fourth Lord Byron, probably no later than 1720, in a style that had been fashionable a generation earlier.

The Spanish garden was designed by Miss Geraldine Webb in about 1896 and the Japanese garden was laid out for Ethel Webb in 1907 by a Japanese landscape architect.

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