Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust


With the longest façade of any country house in Britain, Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham is one of the grandest houses in England. The house has been owned by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust (WWPT) since 2017 and is a popular venue for guided tours, afternoon tea, events and meetings as well as a popular location for film and TV productions.

The Trust are embarking on an ambitious project to repair, preserve and renovate the house, opening even more spaces up to the public. The total project is estimated to cost around £150 million taking 25+ years. To support this ongoing work and daily operation, the Trust needed to establish a successful business on site. With help from the National Trust, Lottery Heritage Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund, WWPT now has over 50 staff, over 200 volunteers and has established a business that is generating income from retail, catering and events.

Any income generated, along with donations, will help to fuel the ambitious plans to build a down to earth, community-focussed stately home which will boost the local economy and improve lives in South Yorkshire and become a world class visitor attraction with local heritage and cultural exhibitions.