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Newstead Abbey

Ravenshead, Nottingham. NG15 8NA • (01623) 455900
Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire
Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

Newstead Abbey was formerly an Augustinian priory. Converted to a domestic home following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, it is now best known as the ancestral home of Lord Byron. A beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire.

The Abbey was founded as a monastic house in the late 12th century, and to this day the house retains much of its medieval character. The most famous survival is the iconic West Front of the church that dates from the late 13th century and is now a scheduled ancient monument. Inside the house the medieval cloisters, Chapter House (now the Chapel) and a collection of medieval stone carvings and manuscripts enable visitors to discover the Abbey's early history.

Heralded by many as the greatest romantic poet of his time, Lord Byron lived at Newstead Abbey at various times from the autumn of 1808 to the autumn of 1814. The landscape owes much of its beauty to the River Leen, which feeds the lakes, ponds and cascades that ornament Newstead's gardens. The grounds provide the perfect place for a relaxing outing all year round, with fabulous wildlife including peacocks, swans and geese.

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Café Serving Meals, Picnic Area, Public Toilets.

No easily accessible wifi. Designated smoking areas only.

Opening Times:

Grounds: 10am-5pm (4pm during the winter) daily. House: 12noon-4pm Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday Mondays and most School Holidays (please check the website for any late changes or closures due to weather or events).
Grounds: £6 per vehicle or £2 per pedestrian/cyclist. House: Adult £12, Child Free, Senior £12.


Advance booking is not required.


Located north of Nottingham and just south of Mansfield. Main vehicle entrance is from the A60 Nottingham Road. Access from the west and Newstead via Station Avenue.

Getting There:

National Rail Newstead railway station: 20 minutes walk.
Bus Trent Barton 'Pronto' bus service operates from Victoria bus station to Mansfield via Nottingham Road. Alight at Newstead Abbey Gates.


Limited onsite parking available - payment required.

Once home to the great romantic poet Lord Byron, there is much to see and do at this picturesque site. All year round visitors can enjoy its stunning grounds.

Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Nottingham. NG15 8NA • (01623) 455900

Last Updated Tuesday 7 June 2022

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