Insatiable appetite for culture? Fascinated by history? Or in need of somewhere to occupy curious kiddies? Harewood House, found in the Yorkshire Moors just under 10 miles from Clayton Hotel Leeds, is sure to capture the imagination of both children and adults alike.
Built in the 18th Century for wealthy plantation owner Edwin Lascelles, and currently home to the 8th Earl of Harewood, first cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II, Harewood House is one of ten historic Treasure Houses of England and one of the UK’s finest preserved examples of classic Georgian architecture and landscaping.
Inside, visitors are transported back in time to 18th Century aristocracy. Guests can bask in the glorious grandeur of the State Bedroom, discover the priceless antiques in Princess Mary’s Dressing Room or admire the extensive art collections that line the high walls of the Gallery. Below the stairs lie the servant’s quarters where children are invited to dress up in Georgian costume and get their hands dirty in the Old Kitchen.
Outside lies over a hundred acres of grounds and formal gardens to be explored. Visitors can wander amongst the colourful fruit and vegetable patches of the Walled Garden, or alongside the perfumed flowers of the Archery Border; take a tour of the lake aboard The Capability or simply sit and admire the breath-taking views of Yorkshire countryside from the Italianate terrace.
There is plenty at Harewood House for younger family members to enjoy. Aspiring farmers will feel completely at home at Harewood’s Farm Experience, where they can make friends with an alpaca, cuddle up to a giant fluffy rabbit and learn just what the pot-bellied pigs eat to make their bellies so big. If you prefer friends of the feathered variety, Harewood Bird Garden is home to over 40 species of birds from the UK and around the world. The collection includes Peruvian penguins, brightly-coloured macaws and a flamboyance of flamingos. And for those who still have energy to burn, the Adventure Playground, complete with a zip wire, climbing nets and aerial walkways, is the perfect place to clamber, climb, swing and slide.
TV buffs may be interested to know that the Harewood Estate has been the main location for filming of ITV’s much-loved soap opera Emmerdale since the mid-1990s. If you have always fancied a trip to The Woolpack, Continuum Attractions offer guided tours of the set running every weekend from March to November and can be arranged online through their website or by your Clayton Hotel staff.
Situated just under 10 miles from Clayton Hotel Leeds, Harewood House can be reached by car in under half an hour. If you are visiting Leeds without transport, taxis and public transport options can be organised by your Clayton Hotel reception staff.LESS INFORMATION