Woolsthorpe Manor

Isaac Newton was born in this manor house in 1642 and did some of his most important work at the site.

The Old Kitchen at Woolsthorpe Manor Bill Batten

The Old Kitchen at Woolsthorpe Manor

During the plague years, when Cambridge University was closed, it was at Woolsthorpe that he made his historic breakthroughs about the nature of light and gravity. You can still see the famous apple tree, said to have inspired Newton's theory of gravitation, from his bedroom window.

Controlled by the National Trust since 1942, the 300th anniversary of Newton's birth, the house is presented as a typical 17th-century farmhouse. One of the nearby buildings is now an interactive Science discovery Centre, where visitors can re-live the ground-breaking discoveries made by Newton.

Art Funded works

James Thornhill's Portrait of Sir Isaac Newton, painted in 1712, was purchased for the house in 1994 with the help of a £14,000 grant from the Art Fund. Unusually, it shows the great mathematician without his wig, focusing our attention on the head and the legendary mind working within.

Visitor information

The site's programme of events includes summer holiday workshops for children and regular 'Tales from Woolsthorpe', including talks on 17th-century life, Isaac Newton and science. 

Art we've helped buy at Woolsthorpe Manor

Venue details

Woolsthorpe Manor 23 Newton Way, Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Grantham Lincolnshire NG33 5NR 01476 860338 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.45)

Manor House

1 Jan – 18 Mar
Mon, Fri, Sat – Sun, 11am –​ 3pm

19 Mar – 30 Oct
Daily, except Tue, 11am –​ 5pm

31 Oct – 31 Dec
Mon, Fri, Sat – Sun, 11am ​– 3pm

Science Discovery Centre, Coffee Shop, Film and Shop
Daily, 11am ​– 3pm (until 5pm 19 Mar – 30Oct)

During winter opening the Manor House is often by timed tours only. Booking advisable.