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.

Lady Canning: Artist and Traveller

  • 24 March — 29 October 2017 *on now

Lady Canning was a talented watercolour artist who became lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria in 1842. She accompanied the Queen on many public and private tours and recorded the places that they visited in a series of accomplished watercolours, particularly of Scotland and Osborne on the Isle of Wight. She also instructed Victoria in the art of watercolour and one of Queen Victoria’s copies after Lady Canning’s work is on display in the exhibition, showing the countryside near Balmoral in Scotland. With her husband Charles, Charlotte also travelled around Europe and eventually accompanied him to India, when he was appointed Governor-General in 1855.

These exceptionally fine watercolours are on display for the first time in over 20 years. The exhibition initially concentrates on the relationship between Queen Victoria and Lady Canning and Charlotte’s travels around Europe. It will be refreshed at the end of June to reflect her time in India, as we approach the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence this summer.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://harewood.org/whats-on/event/charlotte-canning-artist-and-traveller/

Victorian Harewood

  • 24 March — 29 October 2017 *on now

Harewood House was recently used as a major set for ITV’s Victoria series. To celebrate the success of the programme, the opulent rooms on Harewood’s State Floor will come to life with costumes from the programme. Outfits worn by Jenna Coleman who plays Queen Victoria will be displayed throughout the 2017 season.

Alongside the costumes, you will be able to explore this fascinating age through the eyes of three influential women. Lady Louisa, 3rd Countess of Harewood, Lady Charlotte Canning and Queen Victoria herself. See personal objects owned by Queen Victoria and her Lady in Waiting, Charlotte, and learn about how Lady Louisa altered the very fabric of Harewood House in a grand redevelopment.

Website

http://harewood.org/whats-on/?event-time=current-future&event-date=&event-type=exhibitions&events-for=&events-in=

Empire Line by Gavin Fernandes

  • 24 March — 29 October 2017 *on now

Empire Line is a photographic narrative featuring and subverting the image of two social divisions; the ‘memsahibs,’ who were the British colonial, middle class women who resided in India throughout the 19th century, and the native, indigenous women. The visual expression and stylistic approach shown here is an ironic interplay on the visible appearances of both societies, highlighting their social differences, reactions and curiosity in each other’s physical attributes and cultural attire.

The clear and apparent social stratification is explored further by introducing the issue of ‘caste’, an orthodox Hindu social order that is more extreme than the British class categorisation. In this caste system, ‘Brahmin’ is the highest, ‘Sudra’, is the lowest of the four castes and – lying outside of the named categories – `outcasts` who are known as the ‘Untouchables.’ The four subjects represented in these images are of Indian origin, dressed in a combination of both period 19th century dress commonly worn by middle class British women and indigenous Indian dress worn by different castes.

At the same time as being aesthetically pleasing, the images communicate something provoking, crossing taboos that subverts the social and racial divisions imposed by both British and Indian society. The viewer is compelled into believing that the photographs are a viable possibility; however we know that what we see remains impossibility.

Website

http://harewood.org/whats-on/event/empire-line-by-gavin-fernandes/

The Plaster Bust Re-imagined, Kathy Dalwood

  • 24 March — 29 October 2017 *on now

A selection of 21st century re-interpretations of the Victorian bust by artist Kathy Dalwood from her Secret Society series will go in the China Room cupboards.

Instead of sculpting in clay or stone the busts are made by direct casting from real things and found objects which are collaged together, moulded and cast in plaster.

Website

http://harewood.org/whats-on/event/the-plaster-bust-re-imagined/

Victoria – a costume exhibition

  • 24 March — 29 October 2017 *on now

Harewood House was recently used as a major set for ITV’s Victoria series. The crew filmed series one across Yorkshire for several months during winter 2015/16. Harewood was fortunate enough to be one of their key locations.

To celebrate the success of the programme, the opulent rooms on Harewood’s State Floor will come to life with costumes from the programme. Outfits worn in the series will be displayed throughout the 2017 season including the beautiful Coronation gown. Alongside the costumes, the exhibition will present a behind the scenes look at filming in a grand house like Harewood. Learn how the team prepare and manage the house and discover how rooms are transformed into sets.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://harewood.org/whats-on/event/victoria-a-costume-exhibition/

Flamboyant Trees – Frank Walter

  • 30 June — 29 October 2017 *on now

Harewood House Trust is delighted to exhibit a selection of works on paper by the Caribbean artist Frank Walter (1926-2009) in the Terrace Gallery. These works have never been seen together in England.

The exhibition has been made possible with support from the Richard Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh who have championed the artist’s work in the UK and internationally.

Website

http://harewood.org/whats-on/event/flamboyant-trees-frank-walter/

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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