Woolsthorpe Manor – A place with Gravity

Woolsthorpe Manor

While camping in Lincolnshire at Low Farm we decided to take the kids out to see what was in the area.

There was quite a bit to choose from but after recently helping the kids with their physics homework, Woolsthorpe Manor was a must see.

You may be thinking that a historic house has more to do with History than Physics, and you’d usually be correct. The special thing about Woolsthorpe Manor is that this is the birth place of Sir Isaac Newton, the man who defined gravity as well as many other discoveries, such as the make-up of light.

The Famous Apple Tree

It’s not just that Isaac Newton was born here. This was also the place where the fabled story of him watching the apple fall from a tree happened….and yes, the Sir Isaac’s apple tree is still here.

Gravity - Isaac Newton's apple tree
Although the original tree was blown down in a storm of the 1800s, it regrew and is still standing there today.

At over 400 years old, it still produces fruit each year.

Hand’s on Discovery for Kids

Trying the Isaac Newton experiments at Woolsthorpe Manor
Woolsthorpe Manor is run by the National Trust (remember you can get free entry with membership), and the Trust have done a good job of making this a great visit for the kids, with a video that explains who Sir Isaac Newton was and how he made these discoveries, as well as there being lots of hands on experiments the kids can get involved with in Woolsthorpe Manor’s Science Centre.

Mirror mirror on the wall
When we visited a really helpful member of staff explained to the kids each experiment and got them to discover things for themselves. It was educational but also fun.

Inside Woolsthorpe Manor

The house where Isaac Newton lived and did his great experiments
Within the Woolsthorpe manor house the guides were helpful and informative as usual.

We learnt where the sayings ‘Pot Luck‘ and ‘Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.‘ came from.

There was a trail for the younger children where they had to solve clues to spot where mice were hidden in the different rooms.

You were free to walk around Sir Isaac Newton’s bedroom, and look into a small study where he conducted some light experiments. The house still has some graffiti on the walls that is believed to have been made by Sir Isaac himself.

Woolsthorpe Manor was a great find, and a good place for you to take the kids.

Woolsthorpe Manor Video

You can see more of our visit to Woolsthorpe Manor in the video below.

Getting in Touch with Woolsthorpe Manor

Here's how you can get in contact with Woolsthorpe Manor.

Woolsthorpe Manor Website

[email protected]


Woolsthorpe Manor Facebook Page

01476 860338

Where to find Woolsthorpe Manor

Sat Nav Postcode: NG33 5PD

Latitude: 52.8086739, Longitude: -0.6319087

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Water Lane, Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG33 5PD.

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