Newstead Abbey Familiarisation Visits

Newstead Abbey

The former home of the great Romantic poet, Lord Byron is opening its doors to Group Travel Organisers later this month.

Operated by Nottingham City Council, the historic house and stunning gardens will be available for key group organisers to visit on Tuesday 21 or Sunday 26 February 2012.

Visitors will be able to take advantage of a complimentary tour of the house and see the beautiful gardens before enjoying a FREE lunch in the Cafe at the Abbey for two people. 

Newstead Abbey Historic House and Gardens in Nottinghamshire offers a fantastic day out for groups.  There’s plenty to see and do including guided tours of the historic house, beautiful gardens and parklands to explore, and a delicious array of food and drink to enjoy in the cafe.

The History of the Abbey

The Abbey was founded as a monastic house in the late 12th Century, during the times associated with Robin Hood, and to this day it retains much of its medieval character.  The guided tour will allow you to discover more of the Abbey’s history, including

  • Medieval Newstead – the iconic West Front of the church, the medieval cloisters and Chapter House
  • The Bryon Collection – objects and furniture owned by the poet, including his magnificent bed and desk – where he wrote much of his poetry
  • Victorian Newstead – the splendid Victorian room settings, furniture, paintings, letters and diaries of those who once lived here

Special themed tours of Newstead are also available including Victorian, Monastic and Byron.  Please let us know if your group has a particular interest and we’ll try and adapt a tour to suit.

The Gardens at Newstead

The gardens at Newstead Abbey are delightful and are a must see for people who have never experienced them before. Set in some 300 acres of land, you’ll find scenic lakes, waterfalls, a formal garden and Japanese garden (with a range of stepping stones and ornate bridges).

This habitat is host to a beautiful array of wildlife with swans and geese, and the peacocks have become something of a feature here, although cannot be guaranteed.


The cafe at the Abbey can provide a delicious lunch or afternoon tea for your group, and we offer a selection of special deals for coach parties. We can also offer your coach driver a complementary lunch. 

Groups of 15 people or more will benefit from an exclusive dining area in the abbey in the Cascade Room or West Front. See the coach party menu for more details.

Group Bookings and Coach Parties

Newstead Abbey is perfect for group travel and coach operators with easy access from the main A60 route between Nottingham and Mansfield and ample free coach parking on site. Packages start at just £10 per person and include a guided tour of the house, lasting approximately one hour, plus entry into the grounds and extensive gardens. Group discounts are available where one in ten goes FREE.

Book Your Place on the FAM Visit

If you’re interested in coming along, please RSVP to by Thursday 16 February and state the name of the group or organisation that you represent.

If you can’t make either of these dates we’d like to offer you a voucher for FREE garden entry and lunch on a date of your choice, please give us a call to request your voucher quoting ref: GTFeb2012 (terms and conditions apply).

Posted on 09 February 2012
Featured author: Dale Web Marketing Officer

A Mansfield lad who likes reading, running and red wine.

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  • Love seeing all of these fabulous places of history. Biggest dream of all to visit them.

    Posted by Margaret Rolleston

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