Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham

Wentworth Woodhouse is a Grade I listed country house in the village of Wentworth, in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. It is currently owned by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust. The building has more than 300 rooms, although the precise number is unclear, with 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of floorspace (124,600 square feet (11,580 m2) of living area). It covers an area of more than 2.5 acres (1.0 ha), and is surrounded by a 180-acre (73 ha) park, and an estate of 15,000 acres (6,100 ha).

The original Jacobean house was rebuilt by Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquess of Rockingham (1693–1750), and vastly expanded by his son, the 2nd Marquess, who was twice Prime Minister, and who established Wentworth Woodhouse as a Whig centre of influence. In the 18th century, the house was inherited by the Earls Fitzwilliam who owned it until 1979, when it passed to the heirs of the 8th and 10th Earls, its value having appreciated from the large quantities of coal discovered on the estate.
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  • Living in Norfolk I had never heard of Wentworth Woodhouse before, but had seen it advertised on a ghost hunting website. I loved the ghost hunt there, but I immediately became fascinated with the...  more »
  • I’ve wanted to go in this marvellous hidden treasure for years and finally made it today. Our guide Bob worked for the house for many years and his insight and amusing stories made the day. A lot of.....  more »
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  • We took a tour inside the house which was about an hour long. It was fascinating to see the house in the process of restoration. Personally I loved seeing the torn wallpaper and the areas that have not yet been fully restored. Seeing the wear and damage was fascinating, though I know it will be amazing once it is all fixed up. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided us with a lot of history and current info as well. I do wish we could have walked through more rooms even if they have not been worked on yet. Maybe even providing photos or images of the rooms before restoration would enhance the tour. Not a cheap tour to do, but it is understandable to help this amazing house be restored. I would love to come back in future years to see the progress. Thank you for the lovely tour Wentworth Woodhouse! It is quite cool in the house even in summer, so I would suggest bringing a sweater or jacket if you are easily chilled. I will hold back some of my photos to keep some of it a surprise for your visit! Enjoy!
  • Wonderful to see such an iconic property being brought back to life. It's an important part of our industrial heritage. The volunteers do a magnificent job.

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