Thursday, 4 April 2013

Newstead Abbey

Remember how I said I'd try and get some actual reviews posted soon? I have a few posts nearly finished but I just haven't found the time to finish them completely.  I'm going to blame my coursework, but at the moment it seems like time just slips through my fingers. It always feels like that here when the clocks go forward, I'm just not sure where the time goes. One moment I'm waking up and then, before I know it, it's too late to do anything...

Anyway, I decided to have a break from my coursework and took a long overdue trip to Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron. I've never actually been before, it was always on my 'places to go' list but I just never found the time, which seems ridiculous now because it is so nearby.

It's incredibly beautiful. I was surprised at how quiet it was, and it really was rather tranquil and serene. The gardens in particular were lovely, and I would love to go back in summer when everything is in bloom. It was a little bizarre to see daffodils sprouting through the ground next to a smattering of snow in places! Fortunately it seems that winter is finally beginning to relent and we are moving into spring.

The tomb of Boatswain, Byron's dog. The inscription was beautiful and I stupidly didn't think to take a picture! I'm sure it's available on Google somewhere.

I really can't believe that I'd never been before. It was so beautiful and interesting. You can only go inside the house on weekends I think, so it wasn't open when I went. I'll have to go back in summer and take a look!

I'm never quite sure if these posts are interesting or not. I go to a lot of places like this in spring/summer, so let me know if you want to see more or less of these posts. I'd really appreciate the feedback. I'm going to a 12th century abbey tomorrow, so also let me know if you'd like to see photos from there too! I promise my next post will be a review...

I'm going to end this post with my favourite Byron poem for you all to enjoy.

She Walks in Beauty

SHE walks in beauty, like the night
  Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that 's best of dark and bright
  Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light         5
  Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
  Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
  Or softly lightens o'er her face;  10
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
  How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
  So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,  15
  But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
  A heart whose love is innocent!

Have you been anywhere interesting recently?


  1. Newstead Abbey looks like such a beautiful and relaxing place to visit! I'm especially loving those streams! I bet they look particularly inviting during the summer heat! They remind me of the ones in Cheddar Gorge, I'm bound to visit there this summer so I'll be sure to take pictures to show you! It's a shame you can't go into the house, there's nothing quite like walking through a huge resplendent building, although it makes you feel like a pauper when you think of how ladies used to dress in these beautiful large manors!

    I say carry on with these types of posts! I for one really enjoy them! ♥

    1. It really is, I can't wait to go back once the weather warms up a bit! I will definitely be going back to go inside the house. It makes me rather sad that ladies no longer dress like that. I think I was born in the era!

      Thank you! I really enjoy reading these kind of posts too, but I'm never sure what everybody else thinks! I'll look forward to seeing pictures from Cheddar Gorge!

  2. Wonderful post!! Very helpful and interesting, i love reading about places and history! Lord Byron is one of my all time favourite people! [ the poem ♡ ] Wish one day to visit the place! Also, it seems that spring is coming to your country, no snow around and the sky so blue and clear! I went to Constantinople the previous weekend i will make a post soon!!! ^^

    1. Thank you! Lord Byron is one of my favourite poets too, I hope you get to visit one day! There's still snow around in places but spring is finally breaking through here! It makes a wonderful change from this gloomy weather that we have been having! I've always wanted to go to Constantinople so I will look forward to your post! I've been studying 18th century women poets for university and they had a few on visiting Constantinople that were really interesting! I can't quite remember what they were called, but I'd happily go through my notes and see if I can find them if you're interested!

  3. Great post, looks like a beautiful place :) I love Byron - my undergrad dissertation was largely about him and his work.

    Naomi x

    1. Thank you, it really is! I've got to choose my dissertation topic very soon. I'm leaning towards Renaissance theatre. We've sadly not studied Byron so far, it seems a shame since we're a Nottingham university and all!

  4. Please do keep posting these! I'm so envious of your visit & had no idea you live near the Abbey. If you return when the house is open, do post pics - pretty please!


    1. I absolutely will! Hopefully the weather will warm up soon and I'll head back again, I am desperate to take a peek inside! I didn't realise I lived so nearby either, I think it was about a 15 minute car journey? I don't why I'd never been before! I'm very fortunate with all the historical sites that are near me. I'll try and get to Sherwood Forest and take pictures sometime soon too, it's one of my favourite places in the world!

  5. Yes please keep posting! I love to visit national trust, English heritage etc so its nice to see some a but further afield than my own end of the country ;)

    1. The general consensus seems to be to keep on with posts like this so I absolutely will! If I could drive I would look into buying a National Trust membership, there's some wonderful places near me!

  6. oh my, these waterfalls are amazing!
    It's such a beautiful place <3
    I'd love to see how it changes through the seasons ^3^

    Please, do more of those post, you capture the atmosphere very well :)

    1. They truly are! Waterfalls are a particular love of mine! You could walk around the back one of them and look through the water which was lovely! I can't wait to see it in summer, so I will absolutely take photos when I go back!

      Thank you! Lots of people seem to like them so I will definitely continue with them! I'm glad you like them. :)

  7. Wonderful photographs! Thank you for sharing! Newstead Abbey has to be one of the best places on earth...

    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like them! It really is. If it is that beautiful in winter/spring I can't imagine how breathtaking it must be in summer!


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