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.

A Gift from the Whole Nation

  • 3 April — 1 November 2015 *on now

At the start of the First World War there was a mass outpouring of sympathy and charity to the men fighting for Britain. The Royal family were not immune to this and in October 1914 the young Princess Mary took it upon herself to provide a small thank you present for the troops serving the country on Christmas Day 1914.

By Christmas 1914, 355,716 gifts had reached members of the British Expeditionary force, 66,168 gift boxes had reached men at home on sick leave, 4,600 had gone to the French Mission, fighting alongside British soldiers in France, and 1,390 boxes had reached nursing staff in the army. This meant that over 426,724 gift boxes had been made and distributed in just two months. Over the next four years another two million boxes would be delivered to people involved in Britain’s war effort.

Harewood has 70 examples of these gift boxes in a special display on the State Floor.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Website

http://harewood.org/whats-on/event/ww1-at-harewood/

Princess Mary Gift Boxes held at Harewood House

A Gift from the Whole Nation

  • 3 April — 1 November 2015 *on now

At the start of the First World War there was a mass outpouring of sympathy and charity to the men fighting for Britain. The royal family were not immune to this and in October 1914 the young Princess Mary took it upon herself to provide a small thank you present for the troops serving the country on Christmas Day 1914.

By Christmas 1914, 355,716 gifts had reached members of the British Expeditionary force, 66,168 gift boxes had reached men at home on sick leave, 4,600 had gone to the French Mission, fighting alongside British soldiers in France, and 1,390 boxes had reached nursing staff in the army. This meant that over 426,724 gift boxes had been made and distributed in just two months. Over the next four years another two million boxes would be delivered to people involved in Britain’s war effort.

Harewood has 70 examples of these gift boxes in a special display on the State Floor.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

A Freedom Ticket to Harewood grants visitors full access to the WW1 exhibition, the State Rooms in the House, 100 acres of gardens and the exotic Bird Garden. Adults are priced at £14. See website for details.

Website

http://harewood.org/

Modern sculpture at Harewood House in Yorkshire

New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: Art, Dance and Movement in London 1911 – 1915

  • 10 July — 1 November 2015 *on now

Harewood will be the only venue to receive a major new exhibition from Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, featuring work by renowned French-born sculptor and draughtsman, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. It is the first time Brzeska’s engagement with dance and movement has been explored. New Rhythms brings together sculpture, drawing, photography, film, and archive material in a display which marks the centenary of his untimely death in WW1.

Gaudier-Brzeska moved permanently to London in January 1911. He made a significant contribution to the development of modern sculpture, as one of the key members of the Vorticist movement and by influencing a later generation of sculptors.

New Rhythms takes as its starting point Gaudier‐Brzeska’s two contrasting sculptures Red Stone Dancer and Dancer. The exhibition looks in detail at the inspirations for the two sculptures of 1913, using them as studies for a wider exploration of the artist’s interests in the subject and the cultural milieu in which he was working. For example, his engagement with the dynamic performances of the Ballets Russes is brought to the fore through his bronze Firebird (1912) from Harewood’s own collection. A selection of his drawings also from Harewood’s collection will be on display.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Grounds and Below Stairs entry to Harewood House Trust is required to see this exhibition.

Thomas J Price Exhibition at Harewood

Thomas J Price: Recent Works

  • 10 July — 1 November 2015 *on now

Thomas J Price is a rising star of the British contemporary art scene. Never meeting your gaze, these intriguing sculptures explore why black men are only represented in certain ways within art. Using traditional techniques, the exhibition appeals to classical and contemporary tastes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Freedom ticket entry is required to see this exhibition on the State Floor.

Website

http://harewood.org/whats-on/event/recent-works-thomas-j-price/

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.
kids enjoy Harewood House near Leeds

Summer at Harewood

  • 22 July — 6 September 2015 *on now

Harewood is a perfect place to let loose this summer. Walk among the formal hedgerows on the Terrace with jaw dropping views across beautiful Yorkshire countryside, go wild in the Adventure Playground or explore the tree lined paths along the Lake. With free family activities and acres of space to play, Harewood is a great destination to enjoy during the six weeks of summer.

Discover, Explore and Play

Follow our family trails and learn about trees, Red kites and what life was like Below Stairs
Pick up a Little Explorer Bag complete with giant magnifying glass and hunt minibeasts or go bird watching
Have an adventure in the jungley Himalayan Garden complete with waterfall and stepping stones
Join the penguins for a spot of lunch: penguin feeding takes place daily at 2pm
Discover the magic of our Fairy Tree
Bring a picnic and sit on the North lawn with the House as your backdrop
Create your very own bird badge in the Bird Garden Marquee*
Find out more about the wonderful world of bees with our free Beekeeping Demonstrations run in partnership with the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers’ Association
*Please note there is a £1 charge per badge for this activity. Badge making will not be taking place 31st July to 2nd August due to the CLA Game Fair

Can I book online?

Harewood Members can join us for free as part your membership. If you’re not a Harewood member, you can book online and save 10%. Simply go to www.harewood.org/tickets and use the promotional code.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Grounds and Below Stairs entry to Harewood House is required.

Website

http://harewood.org/whats-on/event/summer-at-harewood/

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.

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.

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.

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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