Temple Newsam is a beautiful free parkland close to Leeds in West Yorkshire. We spent a good few hours exploring the park and we didn’t even visit the farm and the house. Both of these things to do aren’t free but the parkland is. More about that below.
There are a few places to park at Temple Newsam. The car park closest to the house does have a charge to park. We parked for free by following the signs for Go Ape. This is a great place for families to park as it’s next to the adventure playground which is free to use.
Temple Newsam | Things to do
The adventure playground has a large play structure which is suitable for most age groups. There is a cute circular maze that younger children will love exploring plus swings and a few other things to play on.
The only downside to the location of the playground is how far you have to walk to the toilets. The whole site has a general lack of toilets. The only ones we found without paying an entrance fee were in the courtyard up by the house which is quite a walk from the play area.
The park was very popular with families when we visited. There are vast expanses of grass which were popular with people having picnics. It’s a great place for kids to let off some steam. There were also lots of people with bikes, scooters and even skateboards.
The parkland has plenty of paths most of which are accessible. There are 3 lakes, a stream, woodland and an enormous 18th Century walled garden. There are some amazing views and there is also quite a hill with the house at the top and most of the parkland below. Plus some beautiful formal gardens..
The farm park has a small charge to visit (see important information). The farm gives you an idea of how farms looked in the past with its cobbled yard and outbuildings. It is a rare breed farm and there are sheep, guinea pigs, pigs and goats waiting to meet you. Also in the farm, there is a small wooden adventure playground.
The house also has a charge to visit (again see below). It has a huge number of rooms you can explore (over 20 are open to the public). They have audio guides and activity trails for children. During the school holidays, they have extra activities for families in the house. If you’re feeling peckish and you haven’t brought a picnic with you there is a tea room next to the house which serves hot and cold food and drinks.
Please note not everything may be open or available due to covid. Please check their website before you visit.
Important Information about Temple Newsam
Address: Temple Newsam Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE
Car parking at Temple Newsam– There are free and charged car parks at Temple Newsam. Get there early and you should get a space in the free car park next to Go Ape and the adventure playground.
Temple Newsam Prices – The park itself is FREE to visit and to walk around. Farm – £4.10 per adult, £2.80 5-16-year-olds. Under 5s are free for both the house and the farm. The house – £7.25 per adult, £3.10 5-16-year-olds.
Facilities at Temple Newsam: Free vast parkland with a walled garden, woodland and more. Farm park with rare breed animals, a house you can look round and playgrounds. There is a cafe and toilets.
Opening Times: The park is open all year round. The farm and house have more limited opening dates and times and are often closed on a Monday. Please see their website for up to date opening times.
Is Temple Newsam Dog Friendly: They are welcome in the parkland but not in the house and farm.
Are there places to picnic: Yes there is vast expanses of grass to picnic on
Category: Park with house and farm – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.