Harewood House is a late 18th-century country house near Leeds in West Yorkshire. We usually spend around 3 hours visiting and it’s a lovely family-friendly day out. with a good range of things to do.
Harewood House Things To Do Review
The first place you come to on a visit to Harewood House is the large adventure play area. It stretches back further than it looks. We soon realised this after the 6-year-old had disappeared for a significant length of time.
As well as the play equipment you can see there are also some things down at a slightly lower level. There is plenty to climb, slide and play on with something to suit most ages. There are plenty of picnic benches so it’s certainly a nice spot to sit with some lunch and let the kids run wild.
From here you can then go and explore the house or head for the Farm Experience and then further on into their 100 acres of gardens and parkland. The farm area is relatively small but they have a penguin pool, alpacas, goats, pigs and rabbits. We even saw a family helping to feed the penguins. It turns out you can book animal experiences at Harewood.
Other experiences they offer are Alpaca walking experiences, Animal keeper experience, pygmy goat experience and Twilight alpaca walking experience. These are all available at an additional cost and age restrictions apply. Although most experiences are from the age of 7 which is amongst the youngest I’ve seen for experiences.
Further on from the farm you will find aviaries after aviaries. There is a vast range of birds to see, some of them are right characters. From here is the boat ferry that can take you from the animal park over to the walled gardens. This wasn’t running when we visited so I’m afraid I can’t tell you any more about it.
If the ferry isn’t running the walk around the edge of the lake and over to the other side doesn’t take too long. They also run boat rides around the lake in the summer months. There is a small additional cost for the boat rides.
The gardens were created by the famous landscape designer Capability Brown. There are some real treasures to be found so make sure you have a good explore. We loved the Himalayan Garden with stepping stones, a man-made waterfall and a Buddha statue.
We then walked through the woodland to the Walled Gardens. In here there was some calming music playing which was certainly different. The gardens here are worth a walk around, especially if everything is in bloom. There is a toilet next to the walled gardens which is a good job as it’s a long walk back to the house.
After exploring the gardens we decided to explore the house. There are twelve staterooms that you can look around. They are still decorated and dressed very much how they would have looked when the house was first built. There are some beautifully landscaped gardens in front of the house which we also had a walk around before heading home.
Harewood House FAQ & Further Information
Address: Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LE, West Yorkshire
Category – Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
What are the ticket prices?
Tickets are between £13-18 per adult. It is cheaper to prebook online in advance. Children are just under £9 online. You can save 50% on your tickets (on non-event days) by not arriving by car.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Historic house you can look round, adventure playground, farmyard with a strong focus on birds, landscaped gardens including a Himalayan garden plus boat trips. There are toilets and places to purchase food and drinks.
When are they open?
Harewood House is open for most of the year. They often close in preparation for their Christmas event. For up-to-date opening times please visit their website.
Is there food available?
There are two cafes serving hot and cold food and drinks. Plus a couple of kiosks outdoors that are open in the warmer months. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
Is there parking?
There is a free on-site car park.
Are they dog friendly?
Assistance dogs are permitted.