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“Closed for winter!”
Review of Harewood House

Harewood House
Ranked #12 of 157 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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Closed for winter!”
Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

So annoyed. Checked their website before coming and it said open all year round except Christmas Day. I get here and the sign says closed for winter! Grr! Thanks for ruining my morning and the time it took to get here.

Visited January 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Lovely!”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

This place where Lord Harewood, the Queen's cousin, recently lived, is beautiful. Lovely views of country surround the house, and you are able to tour parts of the house. Fantastic play area for children -- young kids will enjoy themselves as well as preteens/young teenagers.
Lovely interactive walk with lovely views and a trail for children.
A mini zoo with animals such as penguins to keep kids AND adults entertained.

Visited September 2013
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Lovely place to visit - ore than nonce!”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Cold and wind didn't spoil our visit!
A lovely house. Each room had so much to look at, could well imagine those living here. Especially loved all the ceilings that I spent so much time looking at - every one absolutely beautiful - as were all the decorations and furniture.
Going down to the kitchens was really good too. Very well set out and could almost see the staff busy at work there!
Helpful people around to ask about things and they gave interesting replies.
The gardens out the back were lovely, dahlia's in flower at the time! Good to have lunch overlooking them and the lake in the distance.
Then on to explore the outdoors. What a lovely surprise the bird gardens were. Frist we saw the penguins having such a good time swimming around. Spent a long while wandering along and round the paths through the trees, meeting birds on the pathways or seeing unusual birds in the cages. Flamingo's by the lake completed it.
Just had time to get the little 'train' that took us across to All Saint's Church - not to be missed! Tucked away with so much to see inside!
Would need to go again to see all the grounds and gardens, too much to get round in one visit.
Recommend buying guide books about the house and church, you learn so much about what you've seen.

Visited September 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful grounds”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

The house has beautiful grounds, that are great for a day's outing. A particular favourite of mine was the walled garden. It is incredible how peaceful and calming it felt. It does get busy in the summer, but did not feel crowded. The variety of birds, plants was lovely to see, and the information provided was good. All in all definite worth a visit.
They hold concerts on the grounds on occasion, which have an amazing family friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Visited December 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Lovely - but expensive”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

I came here about 3 weeks ago with my daughter in law. We needed some garden inspiration and wondered what would still be growing in the herbaceous borders. It was a gorgeous day with bright sunshine . However we got off to a bad start because of the rudeness of the woman who was in charge of tickets at the kiosk. She addressed us as if we needed to be in the remove form and it was my fault that they had changed the rules by discontinuing the former practice of allowing RHS members to have a reduction on the entry price. Eventually, more than £20 later we now had the privilege of studying those flower borders which were indeed magnificent.The views were wonderful too and the site well kept.
Time for an expensive drink and snack in the cafe -The coffee was worth it and there was some nice gluten free cake but no choices and no G/F savouries.
The pricing system means that occasional visits to this site are prohibitively expensive- no doubt to encourage yearly membership.- a very patrician ethos pervades

Visited October 2013
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