Exhibitions and collections

Coming Home!

An iconic portrait of Lord Byron will be coming to his home at Newstead Abbey for an exhibition this summer, as part of a major National Portrait Gallery project.



The renowned painting of Byron by Thomas Phillips will be on display at his ancestral home at Newstead from 13 July until 3 November.


The portrait shows Byron at the age of 25, dressed in a traditional Albanian costume he had bought in 1809 while on his grand tour of Europe. It has since become one of the most famous and enduring images of the poet at the height of his fame and notoriety.


COMING HOME is a major project which sees the National Portrait Gallery lend 50 portraits of iconic individuals to places across the UK with which they are most closely associated. These artworks will be available for audiences to see in local museums, galleries and other venues, along with special programming available for families and communities.




Several of Nottingham’s most important artefacts reside at Newstead with the costume and Byron collections of particular note. Although these are not on permanent display, please do feel free to contact us at newstead.abbey@nottinghamcity.gov.uk should you have any questions or wish to arrange a visit.