Founded as a monastic house in the late twelfth century, Newstead became the Byron family seat in 1540. Newstead's most famous owner, the poet Lord Byron, sold the property in 1818. Newstead Abbey remained a private country house until 1931, when it was presented to the Nottingham Corporation for the public to enjoy. Explore the medieval cloisters, splendid Victorian room settings and the private apartments of the poet Byron. Browse in the library and marvel at the extensive panelling in the Great Hall, all reputed to have come from a single oak tree! See the fascinating collection of paintings and furniture throughout the house. A display for families invites you to try on replicas of some of Lord Byrons favourite clothes and be transformed into the romantic hero!