Days Out in Nottinghamshire - Newstead Abbey & Gardens

Newstead Abbey and gardens are located 12 miles north of Nottingham on the A60 and is also close to Junction 27 of the M1. The Newstead Abbey estate was once owned by the poet Lord Byron.

Today there are more than 300 acres of gardens and parkland surrounding the two lakes and hall. The river Leen runs through the estate feeding the Lakes and many smaller streams. In Spring and Summer the gardens are wonderful, full of variety and colour. They range from shaded woodland walks to formal walled gardens, rose gardens, herbaceous borders and large ponds.

Directly behind Newstead Hall and accessed via a small tunnel, are the large walled and terraced formal gardens, at the centre of which is the Eagle Pond. Arranged around the pond are terraced lawns and flower beds.

Between the main walled gardens and the lower lake, there are many different types of garden areas including - The Fern Garden, Rockery, Sub-Topical Garden, and Japanese Garden.

The small Spanish style garden is situated between the Eagle pond and the back of the hall (pics below), this has mini-hedgerow borders with colourful flower beds in between and a stone well at the centre (no water in well). From the top terrace there are nice views over the other gardens outside the main walled area.

The Japanese garden is located below the lower lake down a few steep steps. Water from the lake enters the Japanese garden via a small waterfall, this forms the stream that divides the garden. Water from the stream also feeds various shallow ponds each with stepping stones across. This is a lovely secluded garden with hidden paths criss crossing between the multi-coloured shrubs and trees. The sound of gentle running water and bird song is very relaxing. See Pics below. Full history of Newstead Abbey can be found here -

  • Features
  • Lakes, small waterfalls, Ponds and streams.
  • Historic House, Walled Gardens, Themed Gardens Abbey, Cafe, Toilets. Large car parks
  • Gardens £3 / £2.50
  • House & Garden £6 / £4

Newstead Abbey Gardens Gallery 1

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