Woolsthorpe Manor

Woolsthorpe Manor is the childhood home of Sir Isaac Newton. The manor is in the small village of Woolsthorpe, less than a 20 minute drive south of Grantham. Once again it was a cloudy day, but that didn’t matter that much this time because everything was pretty much indoors, except for the famous apple tree which inspired Sir Isaac Newton with the idea of gravity while looking at the apple tree out the window.

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The apple tree is quite an unusual sight as the tree was blown down in a storm in 1820, but the roots held on and the tree regrew into an unusual shape. The house is quite a modest size once you’re inside it, compared to modern living anyway. Back in the 17th century I’m sure this house deserved to be called a manor.

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Sadly photos can’t be taken inside the manor so you’ll have to just take my word for it that the manor was interesting to look around. Some rooms were preserved, such as the bedroom Newton was born in. Other rooms were empty except for pictures or information on the walls.

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The science centre is one of the other buildings on the property. There was a cafe in the same building too. The science centre had about half a dozen experiments that visitors could play around with. I liked the air hockey type experiment which was explaining how force works, I think…I wasn’t paying enough attention as I was distracted (see below). We also had fun dropping balls and pieces of paper into a basket from a short height to see if things fell at different speeds.

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This is an interesting place to visit, especially if you’re a Sir Isaac Newton fan! There’s a patch of grass with a couple of tables if you wanted to bring a picnic on a nice day. Sitting on one of the benches in the orchard is also a nice and peaceful spot to enjoy the manor.

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