Welbeck Abbey Tours – The Portland collection


Welbeck’s historic Portland Collection of fine and decorative art has been amassed over the centuries by the Dukes of Portland and their families.

“One of the finest aristocratic collections in England”
Martin Bailey, The Art Newspaper

The Portland Collection gallery, which opened in March 2016, was designed by Hugh Broughton Architects and has won numerous awards, including the RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year award for 2016.

Masterpieces on show include Michelangelo’s Madonna del Silenzio (c.1538), a rarely seen Van Dyck painting of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, the pearl earring worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649, The Portland Tiara by Cartier and George Stubbs’s painting of the 3rd Duke of Portland on horseback outside the stables at Welbeck.

We arrive at 11.30am. 14 people go straight on the Abbey tour which takes one and a half hours. The other 14 visit the Portland Collection and the Harley  Gallery. We then all have lunch at 1pm. At 2pm we swop the 14 over and do the same as the morning.

Booking will be opened when the January 2019 newsletter goes out to give everyone an equal  chance of a place so please come back to this page then.