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Temple Newsam House

Temple Newsam Road | Off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE, England
0113 336 7461
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Ranked #11 of 67 Attractions in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Cultural
Owner description: One of the great country houses of England set within a Capability Brown landscape surrounded by...
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Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Cultural
Owner description: One of the great country houses of England set within a Capability Brown landscape surrounded by beautiful parkland which includes a working rare breeds farm, Temple Newsam has so much to offer visitors.Famous as the birth place of Lord Darnley, notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Temple Newsam House is a truly impressive Tudor-Jacobean mansion. Described as the Hampton Court of the North with over 40 lovingly restored rooms to view, it is now home to one of the most important collections of decorative arts. Explore the treasures of silver, ceramics, fine art, Chippendale furniture, and wallpaper all housed within the Tudor Jacobean Mansion. Discover the stories of the people who lived at Temple Newsam by joining one of our regular weekly tours or picking up the FREE audio guide. Look out for holiday activities and craft fun for all ages and the changing programme of talks, concerts and theatre. Visit our special, changing programme of exhibitions. Take time to visit the gift shop offering a range of products inspired by the collections within the House followed by lunch or tea in the Stables Tea room. Explore the lakeside walks and gardens of delphiniums, rhododendrons, flocks and asters. See a variety of rare breed animals in the Rare Breed Farm. Enjoy some leisure time and book our football pitches, enjoy a round of golf, walk in the woods and discover the folly or explore the bridle paths.

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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We went to see the Grayson Perry exhibition but took time to also see the House and Grounds. On our way round one of the staff took us in to the area where the blue lady ghost has been seen, off the visitor route and explained about sightings etc. The gardens are very well set out and a number of... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We regularly go here for picnics as it's free to visit the grounds and there's usually lots of free space The farm used to be free, but now they charge which is a bit of a swizz as they don't have any exotic animals - just pigs, goats, cows etc. Not exactly London Zoo. I'd only bother if you want... More 

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Visited here in November as it was close to Oulton Hall and is well recommended. We heard various people warning of car parking charges but as far we could work out this applied only to the parking next to the main buildings. We parked at the first place we came to and it only takes 10 minutes to get to... More 

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I have visited before, but many years ago, and decided to go again on a gloomy November day principally to see the Grayson Perry tapestries (exhibition ends December 5 2014). I had seen the tapestries on the television series by Grayson Perry, so had a pretty good idea what I would see, and was pleased that they lived up to... More 

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Possibly because its inhabitants are not as famous as the Devonshires, Temple Newsam is not as a celebrated as Chatsworth. Yet its size, splendour and contents are certainly comparable with the Derbyshire mansion. The birthplace of Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Temple Newsam was extensively refurbished in the late 19th century by Emily Meynell Ingram.... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Lived in Leeds for 25 years and although I've been to very good farm, this the first time in the main house. Initially went for the Grayson Perry exhibition, which was stunning. The main house is very impressive, with a vast array of paintings and artefacts. Almost too much to look at.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The house is a manageable size which allows for a thorough look at the architecture and, the very interesting art collection. I was amazed to discover that the site has been of historical significance for a thousand years and is the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. An exhibition was also showing of the work of... More 

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leeds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

fancy a walk ,the views are wonderful, gardens ,lakes, hills, woods ,working farm ,rose garden ,great cafe and gift shop ,,many events on here from steam rally to concerts ,the house is worth paying to look around ,maybe book a tour of downstairs, free childrens play areas, slides, swings etc. .easy for prams and wheelchairs ,clean toilets ,we love wonderful... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The house itself is worth seeing but at the moment Grayson Perry's superb tapestries are there.It's a great place to visit, have coffee and cake and see a fantastic exhibition

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Fantastic exhibition of Grayson Perry tapestries. They are pure genius, very observant with an amusing element to them. Temple Newsam is a perfect place to host them as I got to look round the house too for the first time even though I've lived in Leeds for years.

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