Harewood House

in Harewood, West Yorkshire in Leeds

Address: Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LG

Harewood House, set within the picturesque landscape of West Yorkshire, England, is a distinguished example of Palladian architecture. Constructed for Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood, from 1759 to 1771, this stately home is renowned for its remarkable design by architects John Carr and Robert Adam. The estate spans across 1,000 acres with gardens designed by the esteemed Lancelot “Capability” Brown, offering a stunning example of 18th-century landscape architecture.

Architectural and Historical Significance

  • Design Excellence: Harewood House combines John Carr’s architectural brilliance with Robert Adam’s exquisite interior designs, creating a masterpiece of the Palladian style.
  • Historical Legacy: The house stands as a testament to the wealth and social status of the Lascelles family, with deep ties to the economic history of the 18th century, including the West Indian plantation economy.

Attractions for Visitors

Harewood House offers a multitude of experiences:

  • Art Collections: It houses an extensive collection of artworks, including Renaissance masterpieces and significant family portraits, alongside modern art collections.
  • Gardens and Landscape: The meticulously curated gardens and the designed landscape by “Capability” Brown provide a peaceful retreat for nature lovers.
  • Cultural and Educational Programs: The house engages visitors with its rich history through exhibitions, workshops, and tours, making it a center for learning and cultural engagement.

Bird Garden now Closed

In January 2023, Harewood House announced the difficult decision to close its Bird Garden, a cherished part of the estate that had, for decades, been home to a diverse collection of exotic bird species, including some classified as vulnerable or endangered. This decision was made following a thorough review which identified significant challenges with the site’s physical infrastructure, necessitating an investment of £4 million for necessary improvements. While this closure marks the end of an era for the Bird Garden, the trustees have committed to redeveloping this area into a new woodland garden. This redevelopment aims to enhance the estate’s natural beauty and provide visitors with new ways to engage with Harewood’s landscape, ensuring that the birds find suitable new homes and that the legacy of the garden evolves into a new chapter of environmental stewardship and visitor experience.

Reflecting on History

Harewood House acknowledges its historical connections, including those to the slave trade, offering visitors insights into the complexities of its heritage and the opportunity to reflect on the past.

Film and Television

The house’s picturesque setting and historical interiors have made it a sought-after location for film and television productions, adding to its cultural significance.

Harewood House remains a key destination for those interested in British history, architecture, and landscape design, providing a comprehensive experience of heritage and natural beauty.

Prices

TypePrice
Adult£13.50- £15.50 / on the gate £17.50
Child£5.50 – £8.50 / on the gate £9.50

Facilities

  • Disabled Access
  • On-Site Parking
  • Wi-fi
  • Pets Accepted
  • Child Friendly
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Card Payment
  • Annual Pass

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