Reviewed by Lucy Ibbotson
Courtesy of www.experiencenottinghamshire.com we paid a visit to Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire last Sunday with our dogs. We had read a little about the Abbey online, for example the abbey was once home to the notorious poet, Lord Byron and is a beautiful historic house set in glorious landscaped gardens and parkland. It wasn’t wrong, the Abbey and the grounds were stunning, and there are also a couple of large ‘ponds’ which the Abbey overlooks.
The grounds are extremely well kept by the groundskeepers and the place is a delight to walk around. The Abbey itself is stunning and imposing. We walked around the lake to the ‘battlements’ and back around to the Japanese Garden and Rock Garden, then through to the Eagle Pond and Boatswain’s Tomb. We spotted a couple of peacocks strutting around the highly manicured gardens which was a rare treat.
There were many dog walkers around and dog owners are advised to keep their dogs on leads as there are many ducks and swans in the lakes and ponds. I would highly recommend visiting Newstead Abbey whether you’re a dog walker or not, it is a beautiful place to visit and I imagine would be even more stunning in the spring/summer.
There is a tour of the inside available but as we had the dogs with us, this wasn’t something we were able to do… maybe next time.
Our walk here was a precursor to a big Sunday roast at a local pub, The Horse & Groom, which meant the dogs were chilled out and we could enjoy our lunch.
Admission prices: Grounds and Garden £6 per car, £1 per foot/bicycle visitor. House £5 for adults and £4 for children under 14.
For more information visit www.newsteadabbey.org.uk.
For details of attractions, places to eat and stay in Nottinghamshire please visit the official tourism website of Nottinghamshire www.experiencenottinghamshire.com.
Newstead Abbey Historic House & Park, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, NG15 8NA
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