Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire is best known as the ancestral home of Lord Byron, and displays many personal items that belonged to the great Romantic poet.
Built on the site of a 12th-century Augustinian priory, the Abbey retains its medieval character, and its striking façade incorporates the West Front of the old priory church. Byron sold Newstead in 1817, and its interior was later remodelled in the Gothic Revival style.
Today, the Abbey is something of a museum of its own history, with furniture, medieval manuscripts, paintings, photographs, letters – the possessions of Newstead's past occupants.
Byron's magnificent giltwood bed is one of the highlights of the collections. It was brought to Newstead from his student rooms at Trinity College, Cambridge, and is on display in the poet's private apartments, where visitors can also see his tin bath, writing desk and pistol (Byron and his friends used the Abbey's hall for practising their marksmanship).
Among the many Gothic rooms is an oriental gem: the beautiful Japanese Room, featuring hand-painted screens and panels decorated with gold leaf and a collection of Japanese prints.