6 magnificent stately homes and castles to visit within an hour of Nottingham

Belvoir Castle is a lovely place for a walk with friends or a loved one Belvoir Castle is a lovely place for a walk with friends or a loved one
Belvoir Castle is a lovely place for a walk with friends or a loved one | Sandra White / Wikimedia Commons

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When the boredom hits, or you're stuck for ideas about things to do near Nottingham, a wander around a stately home (or castle) is always a winner.

Thankfully, there are plenty of interesting and magnificent properties just begging to be explored nearby.

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From the grand halls to lush gardens, or architectural marvels, these properties promise a delightful escape into the elegance of a bygone era.

From National Trust treasures to English Heritage gems, each property promises a glimpse into the rich tapestry of England's past.

Wollaton Hall

Wollaton Hall is a favourite with people living in and near Nottingham Wollaton Hall is a favourite with people living in and near Nottingham
Wollaton Hall is a favourite with people living in and near Nottingham

Distance: Approximately 3 miles

Nestled in the heart of Nottingham, Wollaton Hall is a masterpiece of Elizabethan architecture. Built in the 1580s, this Grade I listed mansion boasts stunning gardens and a deer park.

Once home to the Willoughby family, its impressive façade and extensive collections now make it a must-visit attraction.

Newstead Abbey

Distance: Approximately 12 miles

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Lord Byron's ancestral home, Newstead Abbey, is a poetic retreat surrounded by romantic gardens and lakes. Originally an Augustinian priory, the mansion showcases Byron's life and works, providing a glimpse into the world of the renowned poet.

Hardwick Hall

Visitors to the beautiful Hardwick Hall rarely come away disappointed. Visitors to the beautiful Hardwick Hall rarely come away disappointed.
Visitors to the beautiful Hardwick Hall rarely come away disappointed.

Distance: Approximately 25 miles

Managed by the National Trust, Hardwick Hall is a testament to the formidable Bess of Hardwick. This Elizabethan masterpiece boasts exquisite tapestries, portraits, and a stunning walled garden. Discover the legacy of one of the most influential women of the 16th century.

Belvoir Castle

Distance: Approximately 30 miles

Perched on a hilltop with panoramic views, Belvoir Castle is an ancestral seat of the Duke of Rutland. Dating back to Norman times, the castle has witnessed centuries of history. Explore its opulent State Rooms, marvel at the art collection, and stroll through the enchanting gardens.

Southwell Minster and Archbishop's Palace

Built in the 12th Century, Southwell Minster has been the Cathedral church for Nottinghamshire since 1884. It is a prayerful place and a spiritual resource to the 307 parishes of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.Built in the 12th Century, Southwell Minster has been the Cathedral church for Nottinghamshire since 1884. It is a prayerful place and a spiritual resource to the 307 parishes of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.
Built in the 12th Century, Southwell Minster has been the Cathedral church for Nottinghamshire since 1884. It is a prayerful place and a spiritual resource to the 307 parishes of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

Distance: Approximately 15 miles

A unique combination of ecclesiastical and secular history, Southwell Minster and the Archbishop's Palace offer a captivating visit. The minster, with its stunning architecture, is complemented by the adjacent palace, once the residence of the Archbishops of York.

Lincoln Castle

Distance: Approximately 40 miles

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While a bit further afield, Lincoln Castle is a true historic gem. Managed by English Heritage, this castle showcases medieval architecture, including one of only four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta. The panoramic views of Lincoln from the castle walls make the journey worthwhile.

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