Nottinghamshire’s historic Welbeck Abbey will again be opening for a limited period next summer for visitors keen to take a peek inside the listed building.
The former country residence of the Dukes of Portland today is a private family home but opens for a short period each year. While the Abbey, near Worksop, was unable to open this year, it has now revealed plans that it will reopen for tours between 10 August and 11 September in 2021.
Visitors will be able to hear stories of Welbeck Abbey’s past and walk the corridors that have been graced by royalty, aristocracy and statesmen during its long history. Originally founded as a monastery in 1153, the Abbey was acquired in 1607 by Sir Charles Cavendish, the youngest son of the famed Bess of Hardwick.
The tours are run by The Harley Gallery and Foundation, a charity set up by Ivy, Duchess of Portland in 1977 to encourage the enjoyment of the arts.
The Welbeck Abbey State Room Tours will take place between 10 August and 11 September 2021. Tickets cost £20 for a 1.5-hour tour and £26.50 for a 2.5-hour tour and can be booked by calling The Harley Gallery on 01909 501 700. Further details can be found at www.welbeck.co.uk.