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Overview

Wentworth Woodhouse is a Grade I listed stately home in South Yorkshire, with the longest façade of any country house in England. It stands in 87 acres of gardens and grounds and has extensive views over former parkland, including a deer park and lakes, which are vested in the Fitzwilliam Wentworth Amenity Trust.

Wentworth Woodhouse was built for the 1st Marquess of Rockingham from circa 1735, the work continuing over four decades, and then passed to the Fitzwilliam family. During World War II, the mansion was taken over for use by Military Intelligence and after 1945, the onset of open cast coalmining in the garden and park, made it impossible for the family to return. The greater part of the house was let in 1947 to West Riding County Council, on a long lease, shortly before the death of the 8th Earl Fitzwilliam, in a plane crash in 1948. The house was used as a Women’s Physical Education College for training teachers.

Following local government reorganisation in 1974, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council became the lessee and the property was taken over as a student campus, for Sheffield Polytechnic College (now Sheffield Hallam University). Faced with mounting costs, Rotherham paid to surrender the lease in 1988. The house and 87 acres of grounds and parkland, were sold to W.G. Haydon-Baillie, in 1989. In 1998, the property went back onto the open market and was bought by the Newbold family in 1999, who continued in residence until 2017, when the property was purchased by Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, on behalf of the nation.


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Located in Rotherham, five minutes from M1.

136 bus will take visitors from Barnsley/Rotherham to The Rockingham Arms which is a ten minute walk Elsecar train station is 3 miles away and a ten minute taxi ride.

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Admission
Admission

Not free for Historic Houses members. Tour prices vary. See Other Opening for more information.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Opening
Opening

Open by tours only. See the Other Opening tab for more information.

Find Us
Find us

Located in Rotherham, five minutes from M1.

136 bus will take visitors from Barnsley/Rotherham to The Rockingham Arms which is a ten minute walk Elsecar train station is 3 miles away and a ten minute taxi ride.

Taxi

City Taxis 01142393939

Admission
Admission

Not free for Historic Houses members. Tour prices vary. See Other Opening for more information.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking

Other opening

Opening times

Visits can be made by tours only. Please note that tour timings can sometimes over-run the hour suggested, therefore we don't recommend booking tours that run directly after one-another to ensure that you don't miss your second tour, please choose a tour later in the day to experience the full day at Wentworth Woodhouse.

Tea Room & Shop
Tue-Sun, 10am-4pm.

Tours
Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm.

Tour Prices:

Wentworth Tour: £12.00

Join us for a stately guided tour of the formal rooms of Wentworth Woodhouse. This hour-long tour is a great way to learn about the fascinating history of this very special place. The story encompasses the rise and fall of Wentworth Woodhouse, from its beginnings in the 1600s, to its time as a family home and a teacher training college, right through to the present day Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust. As you journey through the state rooms, see first-hand how the splendour of this 18th century house is still intact after a chequered past.

Clifton Tour: £22.00

Join one of our knowledgeable guides for an hour-long exploration of this South Yorkshire country house gem. In contrast to the stately Wentworth Tour, discover the private family rooms and learn more about the people who called Wentworth Woodhouse home on the Clifford Tour.

See the stunning Long Gallery, which has been restored by the previous owners the Newbold family; discover the impressive Green Dining Room, the wallpaper of which is coloured with arsenic; as well as the Earl of Strafford's 16th century bedroom.

Garden Tour: £12.00

Since the late 16th century, gardening has been an important activity at Wentworth Woodhouse and the passion for the gardens continues to this day. The gardens open in February for snowdrop walks, after which we are treated to dazzling displays of daffodils, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias, before autumn colours emerge and signal the end of the garden season in September. This tranquil oasis features large herbaceous borders, rare and unusual plants, as well as historic monuments such as the Punch Bowl, Ionic Temple and Camelia House. Join us for an hour-long guided walk.

Rooftop Tour: £12.00

As the house becomes shrouded in scaffolding to enable vital restoration work to take place, the capital works and repairs programme will also allow us to take visitors to new heights and experience the house and its surrounding areas from a whole new level.

Climb the stairs or take the fully accessible lift to the rooftop, where your knowledgeable guide will show you the "three roofs" of Wentworth Woodhouse's different houses and give an update on the restoration work taking place.

 

*Please check online for any admission changes as we sometimes close for private functions such as weddings and filming. Please see the ‘Closures’ tab above.

Please be aware that the East Front of the house is fully scaffolded at this time. WWPT is committed to restoring this incredible stately home and preserving it for future generations to enjoy. This impressive scaffold allows our team of experts to undertake vast repairs to the roof and preserve the state rooms below.

Facilities
• Free parking
• Parking for coaches
• Baby changing
• Cosy tearoom serving a seasonal selection of hot and cold food and cakes
• Dog-friendly room next door to the tearoom

Accessibility
• Blue Badge parking at the front of the house
• Access ramp onto the ground floor of the house only
• Accessible toilet with level access
• Assistance dogs welcome in the house and garden
• Carers are entitled to free admission on all tours and events

Tearoom
Our tearoom offers hot and cold drinks, a selection of cakes and pastries, sandwiches, soup and jacket potatoes. Our menu is growing and we now offer afternoon teas (must be pre-booked).

Gift Shop
We have a tempting array of gifts and souvenirs in our shop, with locally sourced goodies and seasonal products, perfect if you are looking to take a little bit of Wentworth Woodhouse home with you.


Wentworth Woodhouse's history and features

Wentworth Woodhouse is without doubt, one of the finest and grandest Georgian houses in England and at 606 ft, is famously considered to have the longest facade.

Wentworth was built principally for Thomas Wentworth, later Marquess of Rockingham and comprises the unusual combination of two back-to-back houses, which began with the West Front from 1724-28, followed by the East Front from 1731-50. Its list of architects includes, Ralph Tunnicliffe, Henry Flitcroft and John Carr; the West Front is built of brick in the English Baroque style, whilst the East, is in sandstone and is a classical, Palladian masterpiece.

The Rockingham’s were one of the greatest Whig dynasties of the 18th Century and Wentworth Woodhouse, was a centre of great political influence. Charles, the 2nd Marquess was Prime Minister in 1765-66 and again in 1782. On his death the estate passed to the Earls Fitzwilliam, who remained in ownership until the late 20th Century.

Following the death of the 8th Earl Fitzwilliam in a flying accident in 1948, a greater part of the house was vacated and in 1950, it was let to the West Riding County Council, who made use of it until 1986, first as a teacher training college and then as part of Sheffield City Polytechnic. The house and its 87 acres of grounds, were sold to a private purchaser in 1988, again in 1999 to the Newbold family and then in April 2017, to the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust.

Find out more about Wentworth Woodhouse's history here


Upcoming events

5 Feb - 1 Mar 2020

Snowdrop Walks

Every Wednesday to Sunday throughout February

Two tours per day

Since the late 16th century, gardening has been an important activity at Wentworth Woodhouse and the passion for the gardens continues to this day. The gardens open in February for snowdrop walks, after which we are treated to dazzling displays of daffodils, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias, before autumn colours emerge and signal the end of the garden season in September. This tranquil oasis features large herbaceous borders, rare and unusual plants, as well as historic monuments such as the Punch Bowl, Ionic Temple and Camelia House. Join us for an hour-long guided walk.

Wednesday 5th - Sunday 9th February 2020

Wednesday 12th - Sunday 16th February 2020

Wednesday 19th - Sunday 23rd February 2020

Wednesday 26th February - Sunday 1st March 2020