Harewood House

Harewood House
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Harewood House, one of England's greatest country houses, created by architect John Carr and designer Robert Adam, furnished by master cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale and set in a landscape created by 'Capability' Brown.

The House, renowned for its stunning architecture and exquisite Adam interiors, contains a rich collection of Chippendale furniture, fine porcelain and outstanding art collections from Italian Renaissance masterpieces and Turner watercolours to contemporary works. Lord Harewood's mother, HRH Princess Mary, Princess Royal, lived at Harewood for 35 years and much of her Royal memorabilia is still displayed. The Old Kitchen contains "the best collection of noble household copperware in the country" giving visitors a glimpse into an essential area of yesteryear's below stairs life. In contrast the Terrace Gallery is a nationally recognised venue for many high profile contemporary artists.

The inspiring Grounds and Gardens include a restored parterre Terrace, oriental Rock Garden, Bhutanese Stupa, Walled Garden, lakeside and woodland walks, the Bird Garden and for youngsters, the thrills and excitement of the Adventure Playground!

Throughout the season Harewood hosts a number of special events including open-air concerts, theatre performances, craft fairs, car rallies and much more. Harewood House is easily accessible and is just 20 minutes drive from Leeds City Centre or Harrogate and 45 minutes from York.

The entire collection at Harewood House is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

April - November
Mon - Sun 10.00-18.00 (Below Stairs 10.30-16.00, State Rooms 12.00-16.00)

Closed: Mid-December - Mid-February

Admission charges

Freedom Ticket (offers full access to the house, garden and bird garden)

Members: FREE
Adult: £14.00 / £15.40*
Senior Citizen: £13.00 / £14.30*
Child / Student: £7.00 / £7.70*
Family: £40.00 / £44.00*

* Indicates Gift Aid price

Prices correct 08/01/2015

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage

Additional info

Designated Museum with an Outstanding Collection.

Yorkshire's premiere Bird Garden with over 100 species from around the world

Yorkshire in Bloom winning gardens with landscape designed by Lancelot Capability Brown and the Terrace Garden designed by Sir Charles Barry.

Enjoy England Visitor Attraction of the Year 2009
Yorkshire In Bloom Gold Award and Category Winner 2010

The entire collection of Harewood House is a Designated Collection of national importance.

This great 18th century house was designed by John Carr of York for the Lascelles family. Robert Adam designed the interiors, Thomas Chippendale the furnishings and fittings, and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown landscaped the garden. Harewood contains rich and diverse collections: internationally important Chippendale furniture; Renaissance masterpieces; works by Gainsborough, Romney, Reynolds and Turner; an outstanding collection of Sèvres porcelain, including a tea service made for Queen Marie-Antoinette; and clocks made by the royal clockmaker Benjamin Vulliamy. Visitors can see fine decorative schemes in the setting for which they were commissioned; and the present Earl's modern art collection. Lord Harewood's mother, HRH Princess Mary, Princess Royal, lived at Harewood for 35 years and much of her Royal memorabilia is still displayed.

For the first time ever in 2004, the Servants’ Hall, Housekeeper’s Room, and corridors of ‘Below Stairs’ Harewood, displaying over 1,000 objects with fascinating tales to tell, opened to the public. Through a mixture of hands-on discovery, historical reconstruction, and computer-aided learning, visitors will find out how the servants lived, what they wore and what they did. Visitors are encouraged to peek inside cupboards to make often weird and sometimes wonderful discoveries – from bedpans to boot-scrapers, servants’ livery to cabinetmaker’s bills. The Old Kitchen contains "the best collection of noble household copperware in the country" giving visitors a glimpse into an essential area of yesteryear's below stairs life. In contrast the Terrace Gallery is a nationally recognised venue for many high profile contemporary artists.

The exhibitions are changed regularly to reflect the diversity and quality of the collections at Harewood.

Collection details

World Cultures, Toys and Hobbies, Sport, Social History, Personalities, Performing Arts, Natural Sciences, Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • JMW Turner
  • Thomas Girtin
  • John Varley
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds
  • Thomas Chippendale
  • John Carr
  • Robert Adam
  • Lancelot 'Capability' Brown
  • Sir Charles Barry
  • Sir Jacob Epstein
  • Sevres
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Astrid Zydower
  • Egon Schiele
  • Walter Stickert
  • M F Husain
  • John Craxton
  • Arthur Boyd
  • John Piper
  • Camille Bombois
  • Jean Hugo
  • David Hankinson
  • Henri Gaudier Brzeska
  • Austin Bennett
  • Sir Alfred Munnings
  • John Singer Sargent
  • Frank Salisbury
  • Ambrose McEvoy
  • Franz Xavier Winterhalter
  • Solomon J Solomon
  • Mrs Adrian Hope
  • Frank Salisbury
  • Henry Singleton
  • Richard Cosway
  • Sir John Lavery
  • Richard Jack
  • Benjamin Vulliamy
  • Nicholas Dall
  • Micheal Rooker
  • Alfred Stevens
  • George Knapton
  • Thaomas Gainsborough
  • George Romney
  • John Hoppner
  • Sir Thomas Lawrence
  • John Jackson
  • Richard Buckner
  • Biagio Rebecca
  • Angelica Kaufmann
  • Thorwaldsen
  • Lorenzo Bartolini
  • John Gibson
  • El Greco, Domenico Thetocopoulos
  • Bellini
  • Titian
  • Alessandro Longhi
  • Appollonio di Giovanni
  • Annibale Caracci
  • Giovanni Battista Cima de Conegliano
  • Titian, Tiziano Vecellio
  • Giovanni Bellini
  • Veronese, Paolo Caliari
  • Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti
  • Lorenzo Lotto
  • Vincenzo Cantena
  • Giovann Bazzi, Il Sodoma
  • Jusepe de Ribera
  • Carlo Carlone
  • Gaspare Vanvitelli
  • Antonio del Pollaiuolo
  • Henry Singleton
  • Sir Francis Grant
  • George Richmond
  • Sir Edward Poynter P R A
  • Sir William Llewelyn
  • Sir WIlliam Nicholson
  • Sir Oswald Birley
  • Antonio Zucchi
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Thomas Chippendale: Designer, Maker, Decorator

  • 23 March — 2 September 2018 *on now

To coincide with the national Chippendale 300 celebrations to mark the tercentenary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale, Designer, Maker, Decorator will showcase the remarkable range of Chippendale’s work at Harewood House.

Thomas Chippendale (1718 – 1779), born just down the road from Harewood in Otley, was one of 18th century Britain’s finest and most innovative furniture makers.

Designer, Maker, Decorator offers a new way of looking at his work and a story unique to Harewood, and for the first time, will explore the variety of skills and activity carried out by Chippendale to form the interiors of Harewood House.

In 1767, Chippendale began what was the largest and most lucrative commission of his career, offering a bespoke service to furnish the newly built Harewood House.

As part of the celebrations, the programme will include an innovative, mirrored display of Harewood’s acclaimed Diana and Minerva Commode on the State Floor, a contemporary response to the work of Chippendale by artist Geraldine Pilgrim in both the Courtyard and Terrace Gallery, and taking the form of a trail through the House and grounds, the exhibition will showcase the breadth of Chippendale’s craftsmanship and activity at Harewood.

Admission

Entry to this event is included with a Freedom ticket and is free for members.

Website

https://harewood.org/whats-on/event/thomas-chippendale-designer-maker-decorator/

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.

Chippendale Discovery Talk

  • 23 March — 30 June 2018 *on now

Visit the House and you will be able to join our daily Discovery Talk. Explore the rich history of Harewood through the art works and collection we look after. Topics change each day and cover a wide variety of subjects from family history to furniture.

Ask on the State Floor for details or call into the Courtyard Visitor Centre.

Please note, a valid membership card or Freedom ticket is required to visit the State Floor. Grounds and Below Stairs ticket holders can upgrade their ticket at the State Floor Information Desk.

Website

https://harewood.org/whats-on/event/discovery-talk/

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.

China at Harewood

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=502

Resource about restored Chinese wallpaper at Harewood House in Yorkshire. Made for the European market wallpapers were rarely used in Chinese homes, but do offer a valuable insight into the heritage of China and its people.

Publisher

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

Activity trails to download from Harewood House

http://www.harewood.org/learn/activitytrails

Harewood House, built mid 18th century, sits in the middle of the Yorkshire countryside and is home to the Earl and Countess of Harewood. Not only is the House impressive enough itself but the surrounding landscape is great for family walking. This webpage offers fun activity trails for families to download and take with them on their next day out at the grounds. Enjoy educating your children with the Trees Trail –you can identify different trees and look for different objects made of wood. You can take the Fabulous Flamingos Trail and learn about the birds’ likes, dislikes and adaptations. Or you can download the Kitchen Garden Trail and look at the practical workings of the place for the last 250 years.

Object Dialogue Box at Harewood House

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=473

Describing the use of an Object Dialogue Box that contains an eclectic mix of objects providing opportunities for instigation and discussion
a way to encourage people of all ages to talk freely and express their views without fear of criticism. It also emphasises the importance of listening to and respecting others’ viewpoints.

Publisher

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

Harewood House
Trust
Harewood House,
Harewood
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS17 9LG
England

Website

Website

www.harewood.org

E-mail

Main Email

info@harewood.org

Telephone

Main Switchboard

0113 2181010

Box Office

0113 2181000

Fax

Main Fax

0113 2181002

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.
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