Temple Newsam is a lovely day out.
The collection within the house is extensive and beautiful and well worth the entry fee. Also,the house holds a central role in Tudor and Stuart history.
The grounds are a pleasure to walk in.
The café sells good food. I ordered a sausage sandwich. I was expecting a dreary sausage cut in half and put in a bun, but actually got three succulent sausages in a roll. the cakes are good as well.
The one glitch is the ban on photography. I asked the steward the reason for the ban and I was told it was considered "a security risk". I'm not sure how photography represents a security risk, and being able to wander about the house at your leisure doesn't. I'm yet to get a reply from Leeds Council regarding this anomaly.
Unfortunately, I think the photography ban is a lost opportunity. I visited on a half term weekend and the house was dead. I saw two other family groups in the house during my visit. Great for me, but these collections need financial support.
I'm not convinced that locals that know about Temple Newsam are fully aware of how amazing the interior is, and I don't think Temple Newsam is generally known about in the wider country. To allow no flash photography would inevitably result in widespread free advertising on social media sites.
If the concern regards loss of revenue from postcard sales, then the house should consider a nominal charge for photography. They use this system at the army museum in Vienna. I have some great photos of the car that Franz Ferdinand was using when assassinated because I paid a euro and wore a photography sticker on my coat - win win.
Despite the ridiculous photography ban, go and see the wonderful Temple Newsam.
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