An unexpected marriage of architectural styles, the quirkiness of the Tudor south façade is contrasted by the Baroque splendour of the principal north front, the final masterpiece of Sir John Vanbrugh, architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.
This long and continuous occupation by the Willoughbys is reflected in the remarkable collection of art and furnishings to be found in the house today: an eloquent record of the characters and fortunes of a powerful and influential dynasty over half a millennium.
The Willoughby de Eresby family is one of three in England who still fulfill the hereditary office of Lord Great Chamberlain, the Monarch’s representative at the Palace of Westminster. Due to this role, Grimsthorpe houses one of the largest collections of royal thrones and furnishings outside the Royal Palaces.
Open from 12-4 (last admission 3pm). Guides are available in rooms to answer questions. Each day at 2pm there is a one-hour guided tour (spaces are limited).
The Vanbrugh Hall, the Chinese Drawing Room and the Chapel are on the ground floor of the Castle and are easily accessible. Access to and from rooms on the first floor is by two flights of stairs. There is a ‘virtual’ tour of the State rooms that can be watched on our laptop for those unable to gain access to the first floor.