Harewood House

Harewood House
Harewood House,
West Yorkshire
LS17 9LG





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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:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site, Historic house or home, Archaeological site, Science centre, Garden, parklands or rural site, Artist studio or collective

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

2010 Prices
Freedom Ticket: Low Season - Adult £11.00, Child/Student £5.50, Senior £10.00, Family £35.00
High Season - Adult £13.00, Child/Student £6.50, Senior £12.00, Family £40.00
Free for Under 4’s and Harewood Cardholders

Visitors that choose to come to Harewood by bus or by bicycle get in for half price.


  • 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.
Harewood House from the Southeast, JMW Turner, watercolour, Image - Harewood House Trust

Harewood Masterpieces; works by Turner, Girtin and Varley

  • 5 April — 2 November 2014 *on now

As part of our season of exhibitions looking at landscape, and how artists have been inspired to make observations from nature to lead them to formal or symbolic abstraction, we are currently showing a selection of masterpieces from Harewood's own collection.

Harewood has enjoyed a very special relationship with contemporary artists throughout its history. In 1797, Beau Lascelles commissioned two young artists from London to paint watercolours of the House his father had recently inherited. One was JMW Turner (1775-1851), just 22 years old and starting to acquire a reputation as a promising architectural draughtsman. The other was Turner’s friend and colleague Thomas Girtin (1775-1802).

Later, 'Beau' also commissioned John Varley (1778-1842), watercolourist, astrologer and friend of Williams Blake, to paint the new House.

This summer, visitors to the House will have the opportunity to see these rarely-seen gems of the Harewood collection, which due to conservation reasons are not usually on display.

In the Collections Display Rooms.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Entrance to this event is included with a day ticket.

Our booking office is open between 10.00am and 5.00pm seven days a week and can be contacted on 0113 218 1000.



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.
Princess Mary Gift Boxes held at Harewood House

A Gift from the Whole Nation

  • 17 August — 2 November 2014 *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


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.



Image showing fallen autumn leaves on a forest floor

Autumn Glory

  • 25 October — 2 November 2014 *on now

Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities and explore the beauty of Harewood in its autumn coat. Smell tasty aromas in the Old Kitchen and join seasonal cooking demonstrations Below Stairs. Why not try your hand at biscuit decorating in the Pastry Room? There’s also scarecrow trails around the grounds and bags of room to run around. It’s a great way to spend crisp autumn days with your family.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult £10.00, child £6.00. Free for members.



photograph of harewood castle

Castle Walk and Talk

  • 26 October 2014 11am-12:30pm

This fascinating tour will give you the opportunity to explore the ruins of this 13th century castle, and learn the exciting history behind it. Taking a scenic walk down from All Saints’ Church to the Castle, this hands-on tour will give you the chance to discover more about Harewood’s Medieval past.

The walk begins at All Saints’ Church. Sensible footwear is recommended as there is a 20 minute walk to the castle which includes steep slopes and uneven ground. This walk may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility, please contact us on 0113 218 1000 for any further information.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult: £20.00, Harewood Member: £18.00. Your ticket includes access to Below Stairs and the Grounds, so you are welcome to explore the rest of Harewood during your visit.

photograph of red kite bird

Red Kite Talk and Viewing

  • 29 October 2014 1:30-3:30pm

Find out more about these wonderful birds through an illustrated talk from Doug Simpson, Yorkshire Red Kite Coordinator and Project Officer for the original release programme. You will then have the opportunity to accompany Doug to view the kites in action.

The talk and viewing will last around two hours. You are welcome to bring binoculars if you have them, and please wrap up warm for the viewings, as it can get chilly! If you cannot stand for long periods, you are also welcome to bring a folding chair for use at the viewing.

For any further information, please contact us on 0113 218 1000.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult: £20.00, Harewood Member: £18.00. Children free. Your ticket includes access to Below Stairs and the Grounds, and our Autumn Glory event.



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


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


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.


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

Object Dialogue Box at Harewood House


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.


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