Nottinghamshire’s historic Welbeck Abbey will once again be opening its doors for a limited period this 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, has been unable to open, it has been announced that it will reopen for brand new 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.
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 Portland Collection museum within the Courtyard at Welbeck is temporarily closed during lockdown in line with Government guidance. However, it is due to reopen in January, giving visitors the chance to get a glimpse of the history of the families who lived within the Abbey. The museum, next to The Harley Gallery, displays pieces from the Portland Collection that were collected over 400 years by the Dukes of Portland and their families.
Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley Gallery and Foundation, said:
“As Welbeck Abbey hasn’t been able to open to the public, we are looking forward to welcoming visitors again. The tours of the State Rooms provide a perfect opportunity to get a sense of the history of this fine country estate. Visitors will get the chance to see fine and decorative arts from the Portland Collection within the decorative formal entertaining rooms that were created by the Dukes of Portland and their families.”
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 can be booked by calling
The Harley Gallery on 01909 501 700.
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