Temple Newsam House

Temple Newsam House
Temple Newsam Rd
Off Selby Rd
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS15 0AE
England

Website

www.leeds.gov.uk

E-mail

General House Email

temple.newsam.house@leeds.gov.uk

Telephone

House

0113 264 7321

Estate

0113 264 5535

Fax

House fax number

0113 247 8397

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
View showing a large Tudor-Jacobean house with children and families enjoying the grounds
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This magnificent Tudor-Jacobean house, was the birthplace of Lord Darnley, infamous husband of Mary Queen of Scots, and for 300 years the home of the Ingram family until it was bought by Leeds from Lord Halifax in 1922.

Temple Newsam is home to outstanding collections of fine and decorative arts. Over thirty interiors display great paintings, renowned furniture including masterpieces by Chippendale; sumptuous textiles, silver, porcelain, and Leeds pottery.

The House runs regular tours and activities for families.

This venue has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Heritage site

Opening hours

Summer Tues-Sun 10.30-1700
Winter Tues-Sun 10.30-1600
Last entry 45 mins before closing

Closed Mondays (except bank holidays)
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Admission charges

House: Adult £3.50, Child (age 5-16) £2.50, Child (under 5) Free, Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £9.00
House & Farm Joint Ticket: Adult £5.75, Child (age 5-16) £3.50, Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £14.50

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums

In 1997 Temple Newsam's decorative art collections were listed as Designated Collections of national importance.

Temple Newsam is justly celebrated for its sumptuous collections of fine and decorative arts, especially paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles and wallpapers. The collection has been built up since 1923 when the estate was bought from the Hon Edward Wood (later Earl Halifax) by the city of Leeds and developed as a country house museum.

Despite the sale of many of the furnishings in 1922, the basis of the contents of Temple Newsam today is still the family collection. To this has been added over the years what now makes up one of the finest publicly owned collections of English decorative art outside London.

Collection details

Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • The English 18th century furniture collection is one of the finest in the country and feature work by Thomas Chippendale including his Library Writing Table commissioned for Harwood House. There are approximately 400 paintings on display, highlights include The Temptation of St Jerome by Giorgio Vasari and Portrait of a Child with a Rattle attributed to Paul van Somer.The magnificent collection of silver consists of 200 objects dating between Elizabethan and modern times and include the Mostyn and Thirkleby Flagons (1601 and 1646) and the Paul de Lamerie Tea Equipage (1735). The musuem also houses extensive collections of wallpapers and textiles that can be viewed through appointment.
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Healing Home

  • 14 February — 30 November 2015

NewsamAn intimate exploration of the role of Temple Newsam House as a hospital and a home during the First World War.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

After dark

  • 1 January — 31 December 2015

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£6

Introduction to the House tour

  • 1 January — 31 December 2015

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Object of the month - Unlocked

  • 1 January — 31 December 2015

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Hidden Temple Newsam

  • 1 January — 31 December 2015

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Tell me a story' explorer fun around the house

  • 31 January 2015 10:30am-4pm

Be inspired by the House and it's stories to create your own.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Once upon a time: The story of the house

  • 5 February 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Be inspired by the House and it's stories to create your own.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Make and take Chinese crafts

  • 14 February 2015 11am-3:30pm

Chinese New Year 2015: The Year of the sheep. Discover our Chinese collections, handle objects and get crafty

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Love Secrets and Stories' Tour

  • 14 February 2015 2:30-2:45pm

A special Valentine tour revealing the love stories of the house

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Gruesome Newsam Tour

  • 20 February 2015 2:30-3:15pm

All the grisly, ghastly and ghostly secrets of Temple Newsam will be revealed in this guided tour of the house. Suitable for 7+. Booking advised.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Bonny bouquets

  • 14 — 15 March 2015 11am-3:30pm

Create a long life bouquet for your mum or special lady to enjoy all year round

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Easter Eggstravaganza!

  • 3 — 19 April 2015

Join in our Easter egg hunt! Search for clues around the house to be in with a chance of winning an excellent Easter egg prize! A great time to visit the newborn animals on the farm too!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

King Henry the Egg: Decorate an 'egg' character

  • 3 April 2015 11am-3:30pm

Create an 'egg' character inspired by our history and stories. For eggxample, 'King Henry the Egg', 'Elizabeth of Yolk', 'The Ghost of the Speckled Blue Lady'.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Every picture tells a Story: Biblical paintings tour

  • 3 April 2015 2-2:45pm

A special tour for Easter of the biblical paintings in the House

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Roof top tour

  • 9 April 2015 2-3pm

Marvel at the view and hear about the changing face of the landscape over the centuries. Numbers are very limited and only available for over 10s. There are some steep staircases and the tour will only go ahead weather permitting. Tours last 30 minutes

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Music fit for a King

  • 19 April 2015 10:30am-4pm

Members of the North East Early Music forum will be filling the House with music from the 16th century.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Hamara Muslim Women´s Group create textiles

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=206

The processes a Muslim women's group went through to create a collaborative textile work inspired by Temple Newsam House, Leeds. Video clips of women talking about the importance in their culture of giving birth to sons.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

A Chinese Handling box for Temple Newsam House, Leeds

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=223

A handling box for schools of Chinese objects from Leeds museums, selected by artist Suna Xie. Objects cover puppetry, Cloisonne,embroidery,calligraphy and astrology.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Chinese Women´s Group create textiles

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=173

A group of Chinese women create a textile wallhanging inspired by the collections of Temple Newsam, with video clips of the group working.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

The Tudors - Teacher Resource Pack

Resource pack designed to support a class visit to Temple Newsam House for Tudors or local history study. The pack includes suggested activities and background information and can be borrowed from the Education Office. Call 0113 390 1082 for details.

Tudor Clothing

Discover Temple Newsam's Tudor Heritage. Investigate the Tudor outfits in our portraits. Compare the clothing of rich and poor in Tudor times. Dress up in our replica outfits.
Half-day activity for one class of key stage two pupils. Available Tuesday to Friday

Tudor Evidence

Discover Temple Newsam's Tudor Heritage by investigating a range of sources of evidence. Through artefacts, portraits and furniture discover more about Tudor life. Make an inventory of the Bretton Room and handle replica objects surrounded by the bare Tudor brickwork of Miss Scott's Room.
Half-day activity for one class of key stage two pupils. Available Tuesday to Friday.

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