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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam
Ranked #3 of 148 things to do in Leeds
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Owner description: One of the great country houses of England set within a Capability Brown landscape surrounded by beautiful parkland which includes a working rare breeds farm, Temple Newsam has so much to offer visitors.Famous as the birth place of Lord Darnley, notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Temple Newsam House is a truly impressive Tudor-Jacobean mansion. Described as the Hampton Court of the North with over 40 lovingly restored rooms to view, it is now home to one of the most important collections of decorative arts. Explore the treasures of silver, ceramics, fine art, Chippendale furniture, and wallpaper all housed within the Tudor Jacobean Mansion. Discover the stories of the people who lived at Temple Newsam by joining one of our regular weekly tours or picking up the FREE audio guide. Look out for holiday activities and craft fun for all ages and the changing programme of talks, concerts and theatre. Visit our special, changing programme of exhibitions. Take time to visit the gift shop offering a range of products inspired by the collections within the House followed by lunch or tea in the Stables Tea room. Explore the lakeside walks and gardens of delphiniums, rhododendrons, flocks and asters. See a variety of rare breed animals in Home Farm. Enjoy some leisure time and book our football pitches, enjoy a round of golf, walk in the woods and discover the folly or explore the bridle paths.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Spent a few hours here recently, great place to walk around, lovely greenhouses, gardens. Can cycle apparently, (next time) Looks a great place for picnics/days out playing with kids etc. Cafe decent and great cake, will be back.

Visited June 2014
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“Don't miss this gem although several visits may be required...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Having been to Leeds many dozens of times over the years, this was our first time to this magnificent house which is only four miles from the centre of this proud city. What a find! It is disappointing to discover it relatively late in life but there is so much to see that whilst our granddaughter is studying for her degree at the University of Leeds we have resolved to revisit it several times to take in all that is on offer: the house itself, the beautiful grounds, the excellent café and gift shop.

The view from the car park is the side view of the house and it doesn’t prepare one for the scale of the main front. Though initially not quite as impressive as the similarly aged Aston Hall in Birmingham, the beautifully symmetrical wings with its extraordinary external inscription on the parapets lead on to a very warm welcome in the Great Hall. Every single person employed here spoke with pride and knowledge about ‘their’ house and the charming gentleman greeting us and selling the tickets on the afternoon of 27th May set the seal on a memorable visit. Ask the guides by the way if you need a lift. It doesn't visit all the floors but is useful if mobility is a problem.

To try and describe the enormity and sheer quality of furniture, paintings and other artefacts would take far too long in this review. Fortunately, my wife bought me the beautifully detailed guidebook and its pair which is the guide to the paintings. What a place for the City of Leeds [which already has one of the best art galleries in the country] to display its pre-1840 paintings here. The two books will help us to plan the specifics of our next visit. If you buy the two guides together there is a considerable saving.This time, however, we really enjoyed the bonus of the Rembrandt etchings of the Old & New Testament stories. This runs until 20th July so try to catch it. They are well-displayed and explained. A real treat - even with everything else Temple Newsam House has to offer! Leaving the house we headed straight for the South Terrace gardens where we were able to catch the latter stages of the magnificently floriferous pleached laburnum walks.

After your visit seek out the excellent gift shop in the stables and relax with a good cup of Yorkshire tea with lots of other treats in the café. Arnie may have said it first but we’ll endorse his “I’ll be back”. Do not miss this gem…

P.S. I didn’t begrudge the car park charge but if money is tight there is free parking on the approach road and in several other of the car parks – check the Temple Newsam website for details.
P.P.S. I didn’t notice until later on that it is NOT possible to take photographs in the house so please forgive the one slip-up. Unlike me (as we went on spec) check the Leeds City Council website before you go as it explains the photograph policy in full.

Visited May 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Something for everyone!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Temple Newsam is a great place to visit. It's a beautiful house with gorgeous, vast grounds with gardens and lots of green space! There is also a farm which is great for kids to look around. There are also numerous walks of varying lengths around the grounds and woods that are easy to follow. One of our local favourite places to walk the dog! Recommend a visit if in Leeds.

Visited May 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“A lovely park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

This is one of our favourite spots as the grounds are brilliant and in spring the colours are great, a trip around the house is good value and we always see something new that we had not seen there before.

Visited May 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

I love Templenewsam it's not far from me.It's Has a Stately home Gardens by Capability Brown also a Walled Gardens and ,Greenhouse. Two Lakes It also Homes a rare breeds farm which you can visit Children under 5 go for free.There is a large play area for children.It has a restaurant in the Coutryard and Shops Where you pay entry to the house or farm or if you want to visit both there is a combined ticket.

Visited April 2014
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