Harewood House

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Discover the facinating Harewood House Harewood House is a stunning house designed by John Carr, completed in 1772, with exquisite interiors by Robert Adam. The furniture throughout is by Thomas Chippendale together with art collections that include Renaissance masterpieces, Turner watercolours and family portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds. HRH Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, lived here until her death in 1965 and a collection of items from her lifetime are on display. Set in magnificent Capability Brown landscape and gardens, including a Himalayan garden, walled garden and restored Parterre terrace. The lakeside Bird Garden has over a 100 species of threatened and exotic birds.

What is the history of Harewood House to the present day?

Harewood House Trust is now an independent charitable educational trust set up to maintain and develop Harewood, its collections and grounds, for the public benefit.

When Edwin Lascelles started building Harewood House in 1759 he wanted nothing but the best for his new home. He employed the finest craftsmen of the time: York-born architect John Carr, fashionable interior designer Robert Adam, England’s greatest furniture maker Thomas Chippendale and visionary landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. As you walk around the House, you can see Renaissance masterpieces, exquisite family portraits by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Lawrence and Richmond, as well as a fine collection of Sèvres china, among many other delights.

The Trust and the Lascelles family have been at the forefront of acknowledging the estate’s colonial past for over 25 years. Being transparent about colonial history and ensuring the Trust hosts much-needed, and sometimes difficult conversations is vital to calling out racism, and to forging new connections with visitors and the communities of the cities and countryside around.

Harewood’s Open History programme engages audiences with the urgent issues over time, engendering empathy and understanding of these issues in order to celebrate diversity, whilst bringing Harewood’s colonial past into greater focus.


What is there to see and do at Harewood House?

Harewood is one of the Treasure Houses of England, set in the heart of rural Yorkshire. With rolling ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes, an impressive art collection including works by JMW Turner & El Greco, renaissance masterpieces, exquisite Thomas Chippendale furniture and fabulous Robert Adam interiors, all combined with 100 acres of award-winning Gardens, Harewood really does offer something for everyone.

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Farm Experience

Young farmers can meet friendly alpacas, learn about the family of pygmy goats and see the pot-bellied pigs enjoy a spot of lunch.

Woodland Wonderland 

As part of the new circular walk, this year families can enjoy the new woodland pop-up play, created with willow weaver Leilah Vyner. With winding willow mazes, twisting and turning between the trees, there is plenty to discover in this new outdoor play space. 


British designer Sebastian Cox has created a treehouse in the grounds of Harewood House in West Yorkshire, in a strategy to make a woodland grove more useful and biodiverse.

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Disabled Access

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Extra info

Open Times: Please check the website
Price Details: House and Grounds from £14.00 for adults, see www.harewood.org for full details. Grounds only from £10 for Adults.

Arrival information & directions

Address: Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LeedsLS17 9LG, United Kingdom

The village of Harewood is centrally placed in Yorkshire at the junction of the A61/A659 on the Leeds/Harrogate road.

Harewood has ample free parking. They are situated:

7 miles from Leeds and Harrogate on the A61 5 miles from Wetherby and the A1 22 miles from York 9 miles from Leeds/Bradford airport 8 miles from the M1

There is an excellent bus service from Leeds and Harrogate.

No 36 to Harewood from Leeds and Harrogate runs every 15 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, and every 30 minutes during the day on Sunday. For more details please call Harrogate and District on 01423 566061.

The nearest rail stations are Leeds and Harrogate. Taxis and bus connections are available.

You may wish to use a route planner – the postcode is LS17 9LG, although Sat Nav users are recommended to try LS17 9LQ as this will bring you straight to the main Archway entrance to Harewood off the A61.


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