Temple Newsam
Temple Newsam
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 Home 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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  • Lisa T
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We got married there ❤️
    We had our wedding at Temple Newsam in March 2023. Temple Newsam is a beautiful historical site which I visit frequently. This, together with the fact that me and my husband met there, left us with no hesitation that we wanted our wedding to take place there. The staff, particularly Ian & Josh, were helpful and always replied quickly to our queries. We were really happy with everything on the day which was amazing. The Walled Garden Marquee, also situated within the grounds of TN, is the perfect place to hold the evening reception.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 26, 2023
  • jaymoe2017
    Leeds, United Kingdom102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful grounds, check it out
    Beautiful park, buildings and woodlands. Enjoyed a lovely work, loads of ducks and birds to feed. Sone amazing views, well worth checking out. Free to just walk around
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Amy S
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    10/10 - recommend!
    A great day out - the house is really well done. The interpretation does an excellent job of taking you through the history of the house and is really clear and detailed. There are children's spaces every few rooms with a range of dressing up, games, soft seating etc. There's also a children's trail. The team were really welcoming and we were given a torch to take with us around the house so we could look at some of the objects which are kept in the dark for conservation reasons - this was a great touch! Caroline (one of the visitor assistants) was really wonderful, and we had a great chat all about the history of the site, etc. Really wonderful to hear about the Temple Newsam team and see how much they care about the house, collections, and visitors' ideas. The drink cans in the shop were a tad expensive but it's supporting the house and farm so totally understandable. The farm was lovely, too, loads of rare breeds and an amazing dovecote! Would 10/10 recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Pamela G
    West Yorkshire, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great!
    Brilliant! The Halloween event doesn't start until tomorrow, but the staff were great and gave us a 'camera' to take a photo whenever we felt a room felt spooky. We made paper pumpkins and got our "photographs" developed at the end. Amazingly,we managed to get lots of ghostly pictures. My child was thrilled and has now decided to pursue a career as a ghost finder. Fabulous day out, will be returning. Thanks guys!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Lucy K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvellous tour guide
    We had a marvellous tour guide on our house tour. We were on holiday in Yorkshire and had just had an incredibly disappointing visit to Harewood House. We looked for another stately home that was open and were delighted to find that Temple Newsam was. The tour guide (many apologies can't remember his name) was so knowledgeable, personable and welcoming. He made the history of the house come alive and he went above and beyond. Would totally recommend
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
  • Kadey H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views and landscape…
    Amazing views and landscape. Good price tickets for house and farm. The Halloween house cellar tour was a lot of fun - a great mix of learning more about the house and getting scared 😝 Great day out!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 14, 2023
  • patricia h
    West Yorkshire, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christmas lunch at Temple Newsam
    We had booked in for the Christmas lunch event and wasn’t disappointed. Food was excellent, and great value for money. Staff were very attentive and ensured a fabulous customer experience. Well done team, we look forward to visiting again soon.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 13, 2023
  • Michelle P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christmas lunch at Temple Newsam
    My mum and I had a delicious Christmas lunch today at Temple Newsam Tearooms. It had to be pre-booked with a small deposit and we booked it at the beginning of November, which I would recommend. The venue was the a tearoom off to the side of the courtyard and not in the cafe, as I had originally thought. The staff were very friendly, helpful and genuinely wanted us to have a superb time. The food was perfect, the vegetables were fresh and plenty of them. My mum had the turkey, which she said was very tasty and I had the vegan option. The vegan roast had a lovely hint of citrus, not over powering, just enough to know it was there. The dinner came with a gravy boat and again there was plenty. We did opt for a dessert and we both had the chocolate fudge cake, which came with cream. This is the first year that a Christmas lunch has been offered and I am not surprised to hear it was sold out. 10/10 for service and food. Thank you so much.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 20, 2023
  • David W
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb guided tour even in winter
    We have visited Temple Newsam many times with our grandchildren, enjoyed the playground, the farm and walks around, but never went into the house. This time we returned to have a guided tour of the house, and this was a revelation. We had an excellent guided tour by Josh, informative and fascinating. It was very quiet, being wintertime, restoration and cleaning were in progress, and the light level was low, but we learnt and saw an enormous amount, finishing with the amazing automaton clock. We feel the treasures in the house and the sumptuous interiors could be much more widely publicised.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 26, 2024
  • Beancounter27
    Harrogate, United Kingdom146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden in plain sight!
    Temple Newsom has a fascinating history of over 500 years yet so little is known about it by comparison with nearby houses such as Harewood. The staff ore incredibly knowledgeable and the collection in the house is vast. Somehow, and possibly due to its ownership by Leeds City Council rather than, say, the National Trust or English Heritage, it doesn't present itself as well as other local stately homes.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 4, 2024
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Shebony246
Manchester, England, United Kingdom81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Although Temple Newsam is lovely and a great day out to have a picnic on the grounds I was very disappointed with how I paid £17 for 3 adults, 1 child to visit the farm which was very poor. Only afew animals to see, nothing special and only takes around 10 minutes to see everything. Plus the park there for children was closed too. Also if you haven't been before, when you book and it says cctv parking at a charge don't bother as there is plenty of parking free when you get there.
Written August 10, 2020
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jacqui h
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
I live in Leeds and have always wanted to visit the house. I took my 83 year old dad for a walk around the grounds and he said he would love to go in, so i booked us tickets as part of his father's day gift.
We got there and were told due to corona there were no guides and no demonstrations. Each room was beautiful and had so much going on. In light of the current situation it would have been nice to have a leaflet or audio in the room to let us know what was going on. There were plaques with brief explanations just picking out 3 items from the room when there was so much more going on.
Some of these rooms were dark and my father struggled to read these so i used the light from my phone. Where demonstrations should have been we were directed to view on YouTube which was fair enough.
One room we walked into was very dark so again we used our phones to read the plaque. One of the staff came in and very rudely told us to turn off our lights. We were told the fabrics in that room were very delicate and were to be protected from the light. I apologised and explained we werent using the torches around the room, just to read by. Again the lady was rude and said it was not allowed and to turn them out straight away. My dad was mortified and i was not at all happy at her attitude. Nowhere as we went into the room did it say not to use lights. The info was impossible to read in the dark room. Maybe if it was moved to the doorway as you go in so we can see it before we enter and put up a notice asking not to use phone light it would stop us being highly embarrassed by the very rude member of staff.
The house itself is spectacular, but sadly the whole long awaited visit was tainted by a member of staff that needs a lesson in customer relations.
Written June 29, 2021
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T B
York, UK1,153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Family
If this isn’t the best free-to-visit park in Europe, it’s certainly in the top one.
A glorious sunny day lay in wait with people spread out across the vast green fields adjacent to the historic building.
The flora in splendid bloom en route to the pond where our four legged friend leapt in to retrieve his ball and his cool.
A farm and ‘go ape’ adventure climb in the canapé is available when the lockdown ends but for now just enjoy the beauty - free of charge.
Written May 27, 2020
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Goldie
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Some years since we have visited here and a little nervous as it was our first trip out after COVID restrictions eased. It was well signposted for parking and easy to park even in the school holidays.
In the farm we had to pre-book tickets and there was a short wait at the entrance to allow social distancing and suitable visitor numbers. There were safety measures, a one way system and plenty of hand sanitising stations as we moved around the farm.
We went to the Courtyard cafe for lunch, where once again everything was well organised and lots of safety measures in place. The food was delicious and we were served by very polite friendly staff who advised us of the procedures.
An enjoyable day and we will certainly be back, well done Temple Newsam!!!
Written April 13, 2021
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Traveding
Selby, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Temple Newsam grounds are vast and beautiful. You can arrive here and take in the beautiful grounds, walk around and have a picnic or you can pay to go see the animals at Home Farm and have lunch at the cafe.
Home Farm isn't what I remember is as a kid. There used to be so much more animals walking around that you could interact with but I guess with Health and Safety, things are different. There's not much point in walking the tarmac path around the park as there doesn't seem to be any animals there anymore which is a shame.
Written May 16, 2022
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MattAndLol
Bradford, UK480 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Regularly visit this beautiful free park with my husband & son, 16, he's grown up coming here. We love the rhododendron walk in May, the walled garden & greenhouse, the borders, roses & massive climbing geraniums which are at their best now. There's beautiful walks at all times of year, we usually bring a football & sometimes a picnic, our son used to ride his scooter & bike here. It was good to see people social distancing when walking around, picnicking etc. We were very pleased to see the safety measures in the cafe, the 1 way system, staff wearing visors & especially the perspex screens everywhere, it gave you confidence. However we do find the food overpriced for what it is though. Top marks for having all 3 sets of toilets open, with safety measures, made the day much easier, unlike Golden Acre park where none were open 2 weeks ago. A wonderful open space for all.
Written August 4, 2020
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WheekWheekMiamMiam
Liverpool, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Just a quick stop at the cafe and farm shop on a long journey home from elsewhere. Boy were we glad we decided to stop here rather than at a service station! Beautiful grounds, the buildings were stunning. Really interesting reading some of the historical info dotted about on the walls. Service in the cafe was really quick considering it was absolutely heaving when we went and we were lucky to get a table. The menu was very varied, lots of vegetarian options, and decent value. The kids menu was particularly good value. I had a jacket potato with cheese and beans which also came with salad and was lovely. My partner had veggie burger and chips which he said was great. The kids (5 and 2) had children's tomato pasta meals which were good portion sizes (too big for the 2 year old).

We then popped into the farm shop and got some gorgeous northern Bloc ice cream in various flavours - strawberry, salted caramel and honeycomb. This was reasonably priced too.

We will definitely be coming back at some point with the kids to visit the house and farm and make a day of it.

The only reason I've given 4/5 is that you have to pay almost £5 for parking regardless of length of stay which is a bit steep, and there were long queues for both the shop and to place an order at the cafe which took quite a long time to progress.
Written April 3, 2024
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Anne W
King's Lynn, UK114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The house was very interesting. Loads of paintings and exhibits as well as well stocked and laid out rooms. The staff were very welcoming and knowledgable.
There are lots of grounds to walk around and a cafe ( though rather pricey) to get a light meal or snack.
Written July 17, 2022
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Hanbeth
United Kingdom144 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
I visited this morning with my two young children and my husband.

Whilst we were sat in the children’s playground (the one within the farm grounds) we were approached by an older lady who was picking litter and clearly worked there. We were feeding our 9 month old baby a banana in her pram and our 3 year old was having a snack on a bench (I must add the weather was around 20 degrees).
The lady approached us and rudely said we should not be eating in here because it could harm the animals and wildlife and if we wanted to eat we ‘should cut our visit short’- the quoted words being her exact words. Myself and my husband were so shocked at her rudeness that we barely replied and it actually spoilt our trip to Temple Newsam that we left soon afterwards.

I wish I was not so shocked at the time so I could have questioned her.

But there are signs when you initially enter the farm about no food and drink (I completely understand and respect this) however there are no signs in the children’s play area. There are also bins, picnic benches and hand washing facilities. If you do not want people eating here, why provide these and why not put signs up about not eating?
Written September 3, 2023
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GandC_UK
Pocklington, UK663 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The grounds are great, excluding a bit of vandalism, graffiti and discarded rubbish. We spent the best part of day walking the grounds, they are very scenic and Capability Browns landscape have had a bit of restoration. The tea room was good with gluten free options and a large outdoor space.
Parking by the house is advertised at £4.50, payment by Ringgo or at the shop. The shop is closed on Monday's so we stood around installing Ringgo which failed to send the needed verification code to 2 attempted phones, our companions succeeded in registering but found there was an extra 25p service charge applied without warning. By this time the tea room was open and it turned out they can take for parking on Mondays at the normal rate of 4.50.
At the end of the day we were supposed to present out parking receipt at the parking kiosk to register our car, the kiosk was empty though the lights were on and a set of keys and a walky-talky were visible though the open door. We waited a bit and then googled a phone number and talked to the estate office who promised to register our car , we await with interest,
Written March 21, 2022
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