From the moment you arrive, Harewood captures your imagination and feeds your curiosity. It’s a place filled with culture and heritage, which continues to develop and thrive today.
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 exquisite interior designs in the State Rooms. Make sure you leave time to explore the corridors Below Stairs. A place where young kitchen hands can dress up and discover life as a servant, or explore the changing programme of contemporary art exhibitions in the Terrace Gallery.
Built 1759 – 1772, Harewood House is the seat of the Earl and Countess of Harewood. The magnificent Georgian building has remained within the Lascelles family since its construction and has retained much of its original splendour. Designed by renowned Georgian architect John Carr, furnished by Thomas Chippendale and with interiors by Robert Adam, Harewood House offers visitors the chance to unearth striking, original features and experience the grandeur of one of Yorkshire’s finest county houses.
In each room, our friendly guides are on hand to offer insights into the history and detail of the House, including the extensive art collections. From El Greco, JMW Turner, and Joshua Reynolds to Epstein, Sidney Nolan and Gaudier-Brzeska, there is a diverse range on offer, spanning centuries of patronage. Visitors can relax and be inspired by the cultural richness of the House.
Like the building, the landscape was painstakingly created by the finest craftsman. With a 32 acre lake and rolling hills, views from the formal Italian Terrace are not to be missed. Wander through the rows of neat box hedging filled with perfumed flowers and gaze across at the “Capability” Brown designed vistas.
With over 100 acres of grounds and gardens to explore, from the informal Himalayan Garden which bursts into life in May, to the traditional south facing borders which are at their best in October, visitors won’t be disappointed. From green fingered experts to lovers of the outdoors, the gardens are a wonderful place to while-away a lazy afternoon.
The village of Harewood is centrally placed in Yorkshire at the junction of the A61/A659 on the Leeds/Harrogate road.
Harewood has ample free parking. We are situated
7 miles from Leeds and Harrogate on the A61
5 miles from Wetherby and the A1
22 miles from York
9 miles from Leeds/Bradford airport
8 miles from the M1
You may wish to use a route planner – our postcode is LS17 9LG, although Sat Nav users are recommended to try LS17 9LQ as this will bring you straight to the main Archway entrance to Harewood off the A61.
Visitors who choose to visit Harewood via bus gain admission for half price (applies to Harewood Freedom Tickets), so visit the ‘green way’ and save money. Harewood is situated on two good bus routes:
No. 36 to Harewood from Leeds and Harrogate runs every 15 Minutes during the day on Monday to Saturday, and every 30 Minutes during the day on Sunday. For more details please call Harrogate and District on 01423 566061 or visit their website – harrogatebus.co.uk.
The Treasure Houses of England, ten of the most magnificent stately homes, castles and palaces, have a wealth of activities to keep all the family amused throughout the May half term.
The Treasure Houses of England feature some of the most beautiful and historic Formal Gardens and Parkland in England.
The Treasure Houses of England are increasingly in demand as the locations for a host of big budget films and major television shows.
Spend your summer at the Treasure Houses of England.
Harewood was recently joined by cast and crew from ITV’s Emmerdale.