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


  • 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 from the South by Sam Atkinson

Nature, design and “Capability” Brown

  • 25 March — 30 October 2016 *on now

“The pleasure grounds, and gardens rare!
Laid out, by Mr Brown, with utmost care;
With great abundance all abound,
And rich luxuriance smiles around:
Though both, which now such beauty yield,
Were lately but a furrow’d field.”
A description of Harewood in "The Tourist's Companion" by John Jewels, 1822.

Lancelot “Capability” Brown began work on Harewood’s landscape in 1776. It took five years to transform the parkland from agricultural fields to the picturesque views you can see today. Referring to Harewood’s records, this display will explore the evolution of the landscape, investigating the genius behind England’s greatest gardener. Learn about the characteristics of a Brownian parkland and what made his work so pioneering.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Harewood House by JMW Turner credit Harewood House Trust

Art of Landscape

  • 25 March — 30 October 2016 *on now

In recognition of this strong and continued influence, the Art of Landscape will show works from great masters who have engaged intimately with the vistas at Harewood. Watercolours of Harewood, produced in the late eighteenth century by celebrated artists including JMW Turner, Cotman, and Girtin will be displayed alongside photographs by pioneering Victorian photographer Roger Fenton, who captured the Brownian views in 1860. A contemporary response by Simon Warner will take you through the landscape in a new film titled “North and South”.

The Art of Landscape presents a full and fresh assessment of the cultural influence of the “Capability” Brown design at Harewood and invites you to explore the innovations made by artists across the centuries.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



A Gift from a Nation at Harewood House

A Gift from the Whole Nation

  • 25 March — 31 May 2016 *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


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



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.
Great Capabilities at Harewood House

Great Capabilities; a celebration of “Capability” Brown at Harewood

  • 4 — 12 June 2016

Join us, as we celebrate the achievements of Lancelot “Capability” Brown at Harewood in a series of walks, talks and exhibitions; there is something for everyone from novice to enthusiast to enjoy. Explore the history behind Harewood’s connection with Brown and join one of our expert talks in the landscape itself. Talks and tours will include:

Finding Mr Brown in Yorkshire with Peter Goodchild: an academic look at Brownian designs and exploring the history behind his connection with Harewood. This talk includes fascinating insight into the men behind the Brownian designs.
“Capable” Gardening with Trevor Nicholson. Join Harewood’s Head Gardener on an exploration of the “Capability” Brown parkland. Learn about how 1000 acres of Grade 1 listed landscape is maintained and managed in 2016.
Infinite Landscapes. Join Brian Liddy, curator from the National Media Museum and photographer/film-maker Simon Warner, in a walk through Browns’ landscape photographed by Roger Fenton, a pioneering Victorian photographer in 1860. See the original images captured by Fenton before you explore the parkland, taking your own images from the same locations framed by Fenton.

Talks will take visitors into the landscape. Sensible footwear is recommended. These are two hour walks through the landscape which includes steep slopes and uneven ground. Walks may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility, please inquire before booking if you have any concerns.

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.

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.

Harewood House
Harewood House,
West Yorkshire
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