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Newstead Abbey

In 1539, Newstead Abbey was granted by Henry VIII to Sir John Byron, who demolished most of the church and converted the monastic building into a family home.

In 1798, Lord Byron inherited the estate, then little more than a ruin. He restored part of the complex during his six year residence (1808-14), but most of the present structure dates from later renovations, which maintained much of the shape and feel of the medieval original while creating the warren like mansion that exists today.

Inside, a string of intriguing period rooms includes everything from a neo-Gothic Great Hall to the Henry VIII bedroom, fitted with carved panels and painted house screens imported from Japan. Some of the rooms are much as they were when Byron lived here and in the library is a small collection of the poet's possessions.

The surrounding gardens are delightful, a secretive and subtle combination of walled garden, lake, Gothic waterfalls, yew tunnels and Japanese-style rockeries. 

Newstead Abbey Address:
Newstead Abbey
Newstead Abbey Park
Ravenshead
Nottinghamshire
NG15 8NA
England, UK

Newstead Abbey Opening Times:
House
April to September, Friday to Monday, 12.00 to 5.00 pm (last admission 4.00 pm).

Grounds
Daily, 9.00 am to 6.00 pm or dusk, with the exception of the last Friday in November and Christmas Day.

Newstead Abbey  Admission: 
House and Grounds
Adult £8.00
Child £3.50
Group £6.00
Concessions £6.00
Family £20.00
 
Grounds only
Adult £4.00 
Child £2.50
Group £3.50
Concessions £3.50
Family £10.50 

T  +44 (0)1623 455 900

F  +44 (0)1623 455 904

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