Temple Newsam House

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This magnificent Tudor-Jacobean house, was the birthplace of Lord Darnley, infamous husband of Mary Queen of Scots, and for 300 years the home of the Ingram family until it was bought by Leeds from Lord Halifax in 1922.

Temple Newsam is home to outstanding collections of fine and decorative arts. Over thirty interiors display great paintings, renowned furniture including masterpieces by Chippendale; sumptuous textiles, silver, porcelain, and Leeds pottery.

The House runs regular tours and activities for families.

This venue has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Heritage site

Opening hours

March to Sunday 1 November 2015; Tues to Sun 10:30 to 17:00

November 2015 to February 2016; Pre-booked visits and tours

Admission charges

House: Adult £3.50, Child (age 5-16) £2.50, Child (under 5) Free, Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £9.00
House & Farm Joint Ticket: Adult £5.75, Child (age 5-16) £3.50, Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £14.50


  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums

In 1997 Temple Newsam's decorative art collections were listed as Designated Collections of national importance.

Temple Newsam is justly celebrated for its sumptuous collections of fine and decorative arts, especially paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles and wallpapers. The collection has been built up since 1923 when the estate was bought from the Hon Edward Wood (later Earl Halifax) by the city of Leeds and developed as a country house museum.

Despite the sale of many of the furnishings in 1922, the basis of the contents of Temple Newsam today is still the family collection. To this has been added over the years what now makes up one of the finest publicly owned collections of English decorative art outside London.

Collection details

Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • The English 18th century furniture collection is one of the finest in the country and feature work by Thomas Chippendale including his Library Writing Table commissioned for Harwood House. There are approximately 400 paintings on display, highlights include The Temptation of St Jerome by Giorgio Vasari and Portrait of a Child with a Rattle attributed to Paul van Somer.The magnificent collection of silver consists of 200 objects dating between Elizabethan and modern times and include the Mostyn and Thirkleby Flagons (1601 and 1646) and the Paul de Lamerie Tea Equipage (1735). The musuem also houses extensive collections of wallpapers and textiles that can be viewed through appointment.
  • Designated Collection
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.

A Chinese Handling box for Temple Newsam House, Leeds


A handling box for schools of Chinese objects from Leeds museums, selected by artist Suna Xie. Objects cover puppetry, Cloisonne,embroidery,calligraphy and astrology.


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

Chinese Women´s Group create textiles


A group of Chinese women create a textile wallhanging inspired by the collections of Temple Newsam, with video clips of the group working.


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

Hamara Muslim Women´s Group create textiles


The processes a Muslim women's group went through to create a collaborative textile work inspired by Temple Newsam House, Leeds. Video clips of women talking about the importance in their culture of giving birth to sons.


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

The Tudors - Teacher Resource Pack

Resource pack designed to support a class visit to Temple Newsam House for Tudors or local history study. The pack includes suggested activities and background information and can be borrowed from the Education Office. Call 0113 390 1082 for details.

Tudor Clothing

Discover Temple Newsam's Tudor Heritage. Investigate the Tudor outfits in our portraits. Compare the clothing of rich and poor in Tudor times. Dress up in our replica outfits.
Half-day activity for one class of key stage two pupils. Available Tuesday to Friday

Tudor Evidence

Discover Temple Newsam's Tudor Heritage by investigating a range of sources of evidence. Through artefacts, portraits and furniture discover more about Tudor life. Make an inventory of the Bretton Room and handle replica objects surrounded by the bare Tudor brickwork of Miss Scott's Room.
Half-day activity for one class of key stage two pupils. Available Tuesday to Friday.

Temple Newsam House
Temple Newsam Rd
Off Selby Rd
West Yorkshire
LS15 0AE




General House Email




0113 264 7321


0113 264 5535


House fax number

0113 247 8397

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