Coronation Exhibition 2023

Coronation Exhibition
Crown and Country: Grimsthorpe and Coronations


An exhibition showcasing coronation treasures from Grimsthorpe’s historic collection.


Date // Thursday 30 March to Wednesday 19 July, 2023

Time // 12pm-4pm (last entry 3.15pm)

Venue // Grimsthorpe Castle

Tickets // Adults £15 / Child £6 / Family (2+3) £36


This exhibition is held within the Castle and accessible on standard open days. Included in your Castle, Park & Garden ticket.


Thursday 30 March to Monday 29 May
Open Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

Thursday 1 June to Wednesday 19 July
Open 5 days a week, Sunday to Thursday

Closed Friday & Saturday

An exhibition showcasing exceptional items of coronation costume and furnishings, from Grimsthorpe’s historic collection, to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.


Included in your Castle, Park & Gardens ticket, at just £15 an adult, this is not one to be missed.


This exhibition brings together a carefully curated selection of coronation pieces, which have been displayed along with associated images and portraits.


From seventeenth-century ceremonies to the crowning of Elizabeth II in 1953, this exhibition will follow the key role of the Willoughby de Eresby family through 400 years of English coronations, by exploring themes of power, loyalty, lineage, and memory.

‘We are thrilled to be staging this unique exhibition and revealing how these exceptional coronations became a part of the Grimsthorpe story.’ says Grimsthorpe’s Curator Emma Miller. ‘Visitors will experience royal history first-hand and may be surprised to find how the images and traditions of coronations are ingrained in our memories!’

The items on display will be brought to life by associated paintings, prints and photographs, revealing their original context in the dazzling theatrical pageant of the coronation ceremony.


Amongst the exceptional objects on display will be an exact replica of the lavish costume worn by George IV at his coronation in 1821, as well as his throne and canopy, with the highlight of the exhibition being the Norman Hartnell dress and headdress worn by Lady Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby as Maid of Honour to Elizabeth II in 1953.