Discover History and Enjoy Nature at Harewood House and Estate

If you’re looking to dive into the history of Leeds, admire art or enjoy a day outdoors, then we’ve got an amazing activity for your stack that combines all three! Head to Harewood House & Gardens in the heart of Yorkshire, home to fascinating history dating back to the 18th century, incredible art collections and stunning gardens that make for a fantastic family day out!

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If you're looking to make a day trip, then Harewood House & Gardens is one of your best choices - with a fascinating house to explore, beautiful gardens and even rare wildlife to see. You'll find Harewood around 7 miles from the city centre, off the A61/A659 on the Leeds/Harrogate road, with plenty of free parking. The No 36 bus to Harewood from Leeds and Harrogate also runs every 15 minutes during the week, and every 30 minutes during the weekend.

Harewood House is one of only three Treasure Houses in England, dating all the way back to 1759! Established by Edwin Lascelles, only the finest and most accomplished craftsmen were employed to construct the house. Exploring the house, you’ll admire exquisite collections of china, magnificent furniture and more across a range of elegant rooms. One of the highlights of the house is its incredible collection of artwork, from Renaissance masterpieces to family portraits, also hosting a fantastic range of contemporary art and crafts exhibitions.

After admiring the house, step out into nature and explore over 100 acres of award-winning gardens, with plants from all across the globe. Stroll through the magnificent formal Victorian-style gardens, one of the most beautiful of their kind in England. Explore a stunning variety of colour and flora at the Himalayan gardens, or enjoy picturesque views in a walk through the woodlands to the lakeside. If you’re with the kids, let them run wild at the adventure playground, or join them at the farm experience where they can meet Harewood’s friendly resident animals.

Speaking of animals – if you like wildlife, then don’t miss Harewood Bird Garden, home to over 40 species of birds from around the world. See some of the world’s most exotic and endangered birds, from the Bali Starling, colourful and friendly parrots to the world’s largest owl species and the popular colony of Humboldt penguins that you can feed!

There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy at Harewood, from fascinating history, beautiful gardens and incredible wildlife. Head to their website and book now!

  • Opening times are seasonal, currently open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 5pm.
  • Woodland Wonderland 10am to 4.45pm
    Adventure Playground 10am to 4.45pm
    Bird Garden & Farm Experience 10am to 3.30pm
  • Admission –
    Online Prices:
    Adult £13.50
    Child £7.50
    Under 4s FREE
    Buy at Gate:
    Adult £17.50
    Child £9.50


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