With its beautiful gardens, fascinating bird collection and incredible state rooms Harewood must rate as one of the finest Stately Homes in the country. And it is a home as Lord Harewood still lives in the house itself - you occasionally see him around the place.
The house itself is an incredible example of Robert Adam's architecture - a completely unique design on a massively grand scale. Inside the decor is breath-taking - the largest and best collection of Chippendale furniture in the world is here, with the state bed its centre-piece. This bed is incredible and worth the entry fee alone! Endless glorious paintings adorn the walls as you walk round with the Gallery - a room that occupies one full end of the house - containing works by Belleni, El Grecco and Titian. Helpful and knowledgable staff are on hand to answr any questions you might have and there is also an excellent audio guide.
The gardens are stunning and you can walk to the other side of the lake on a lakeside path that winds through lush and beautiful foilage - if you go in the spring the blossom on some of the bushes is spectacular. These were designed the remrkable Capability Brown. There is also a Buddhist Stupa in one section of the garden that was built by monks from Bhutan. This is at the top of an oriental garden which is well worth a look - cross the stream by the stepping stones if you dare!
One thing that Harewood is famous for is its Bird Garden. This forms part of the area beside the lake and is filled with exotic species from around the wolrd, some of which roam free. My kids loved the penguin feeding session but also enjoyed the cockatoos which mimicked them (with Yorkshire accents too!). The Bird Garden itself is a great walk on its own but we like to go round the lake after.
There is so much to do here that you can spend a full day easily - what's more you can keep going back and it's always fun - that's saying something if you have small children (as i do). Either take a picnic (loads of places to flop out and eat) or try some of the nice food at the cafe in the stables (this is by the entrance to the Bird Garden). Some nice and distinctly non-tacky stuff in the souvenir shop - and amazing fudge too!
A great day out by anyone's standards and loads for anyone who's interested in culture and the history of such buildings.
Harewood House is a stately home situated near the city centre. Events often take place there such as dog shows, concerts and exhibitions but it is really nice to just visit for a day out. I went to see The Who here when the O2 wireless festival took place..it was fantastic. The grounds are beautiful.
I had gone to Harewood's house for a friend's wedding reception and I must say I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw, especially with the grounds. It really does take you back to another time and era.
A great day out especially if the weather is fine.
Just Park up and have a wander down to the bird garden, see all the different types of birds and be sure to stop by and watch the peguins being fed.
Lunch can be a bit on the expensive side but there are plenty of grounds where you can spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy your own food.
The planetarium is very good but it's an extra expense.
Once you've explored the grounds the House is a great walk through history and if you watched the recent Lost in Austin this is where Mr Darcy lived!! Head downstairs and watch the cooking demonstrations or dress and a servant!!
They also hold concerts and events throughout the year including a dog show, steam engine rally and Proms night. You can also enjoy drive in movies which this year was Dirty Dancing.
LOts for all the family and if you want to enjoy it all the more you can purchase a Harewood Card which allows unlimited access, 10% of food drink and shop purchases and discount off events
Harewood House is something of a puzzle to me. It's expensive to go round (£30 or so for a family) so if you are on a budget Lotherton Hall or Temple Newsam might be a better alternative locally. At the same time, it's not really a top drawer stately home. For that Castle Howard is a better bet. Having said that, there's an adventure playground, bird garden, and plenty of grounds. My favourite parts are the long border near the house (spectacular) and the red kites wheeling over the house, if you're lucky.
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