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Review of Harewood House

Harewood House
Ranked #12 of 161 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: From the moment you arrive, Harewood captures your imagination and feeds your curiosity. It's a place filled with art, culture and heritage which continues to develop and thrive today. One of the Treasure Houses of England, the historic Georgian property sits within "Capability" Brown designed landscape with remarkable views from the award winning Terraces. Come inside and you'll be blown away by rare Chippendale furniture and jaw-dropping interior designs in the State Rooms. Make sure you leave time to explore the well-trodden corridors of Below Stairs. A place where young kitchen hands can get hands on with history, dress up and discover life a servant or you can enjoy a changing programme of contemporary art exhibitions in the Terrace Gallery. With bags of space to run around, a massive adventure playground, penguins, flamingos and parrots there's no shortage of adventure for kids of all ages
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed December 23, 2012

What a lovely place to visit....! Lovely grounds & house, with a lovely selection of afternoon teas, light meals etc, all served in good quality china and cutlery. well worth a visit, at any time of the year.

Thank Jools P
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Not much to say as it was really very average. The gardens use to be much better as was the bird garden. They no longer have the Steam Rally there which was a main attraction for me

Thank dorothy k
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Grounds amazing, and was where the centenary camp was - I attended when Queen came to Leeds and went to the tea party.

Thank DenRamsden
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

The family history, the architecture, furniture and not least the collection of renaissance paintings is spectacular but then there are the gardens, walks, aviaries and activities that all add to the experience. The modern connection with the Royal Family and the stories about the late Earl really give a different perception to the aristocracy as is typically portrayed on Downton Abbey.

Thank DunBrokin
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

I've never been in the house so this is based on the grounds and bird garden. If you go in the spring and summer, it's a beautiful place. At other times it can be a bit drab for the price.

I also have a problem with the bird garden. I don't think it's particularly well kept. The penguin area is especially dismal and depressing for someone keen on animals. Lots of the bird cages could and should be bigger in my opinion, which wouldn't cost much more than maintaining them at their current sizes.... they have plenty of room and could do a lot better. As a comparison, it's not a patch on Lotherton Hall, which until recently was free but managed to build an extremely impressive walk through bird enclosure.

In terms of the grounds, I think the free walk round the outside of the paid area is much nicer. You get to walk through fields of deer, near ?highland cattle? and keep an eye out for the red kites. You can get some spectacular photos, especially when it snows.

So the free walk is a 5*
Bird gardens 2*
Planted gardens in front of the house 4*
If you have kids I'm sure the adventure playground is a 5*

All in all, they could do more with the paid areas... it's a once a year sort of attraction, as long as the flowers are all coming out. The free bit is great and worth plenty of visits.

Thank Jeynesey
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