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“A real pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam
Ranked #3 of 148 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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.
Whitby, United Kingdom
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“A real pleasant surprise”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

I'd long thought of visiting, but was put off by thinking it was actually in Leeds, and I hate city driving. But it isn't; it is actually 4 miles out, just off, and accessed from the M1. Fabulous collections in the house, great cafe, stunning grounds (which I'll explore better another time). If there is a minus, it is the lack of Brown signs all the way from the M1.
Admission price was very reasonable, with no pressure to rush through past the treasures inside. Mum found the stairs hard-going, but the staff couldn't have been more helpful, and I understand there's a wheelchair if needed. Suggestion - buy the guidebook before going in, as there is a lamentable lack of descirptive signs ON the objects, though there is a useful folder arrangement.

Visited July 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Great place for a walk and some history”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

Went here for a walk to make the most of the fine weather. Lots to see and do if you want to. Visit the house and the farm, all at a cost or just go for a walk for free. Ample free parking as long as you don't park at the house. Lovely tea room and shop. Even ice cream for dogs! Potentially a free day out.

Visited July 2014
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“A real treasure on the doorstep for everyone living near Leeds”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

Temple Newsam is seldom spoken of when mention is made of Britain's great treasure houses, but it is a superb example of a well restored fine Jacobean house set in hundreds of acres of lush parkland and containing magnificently maintained gardens.

It makes for a wonderful day out for the family, with plenty of areas for picnics and for children to play. In addition there is also a farm,a good café and a shop where plants may be bought.

The history of the House and grounds makes a fascinating story ,and Leeds City Council deserves great credit for the efforts made to purchase so many of the fine paintings which had hung in the magnificent gallery 200 years ago but which had been sold or removed.

The staff are knowledgeable and most helpful, but currently concerned about their job prospects as Temple Newsam has no Curator at present and the position does not appear to have been advertised.


Visited July 2014
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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“Another tick on the bucket list!”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Very interesting house to visit. It is well worth using the audio guides to give plenty of background information, and they are free. I loved seeing the different wallpapers in the rooms, and admiring the views over the very well kept gardens. A good plan is to visit some of the rooms, nip over to the tea room for some lunch and a drink, and then return and finish the rest. There is currently an exhibition of work by Rembrandt which I enjoyed, but I am unsure how long this goes on for. I hope to return and explore the gardens one day, as the feet were rather tired after exploring the house!

Visited July 2014
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful park - Roundhay is better though”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Title says it all really. I think Roundhay is bigger and better with free parking, however, Temple Newsam does have a lovely little coffee shop! Will come again though!

Visited October 2013
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