Uncover 500 years of history at this magnificent Tudor-Jacobean country mansion that looks out upon a scenic estate and is filled with artifacts and decorative arts.
Be transported to the days of the Tudors at the stunning Temple Newsam House. This heritage house has been restored to its former grandeur and displays the fascinating array of artifacts and period furnishings that once decorated the rooms of royals and nobles. The mansion is best known as the birthplace of Lord Darnley, the infamous husband of Mary, Queen of Scots.
The stately mansion was built between 1500 and 1520 and features a selection of rooms that are dedicated to the authentic display of period interiors. Temple Newsam House is one of the sites of the Leeds Museums and Galleries and has a significant holding of fine and decorative art. Stroll through the lavishly decorated bedrooms and sitting rooms, taking in the magnificent treasures and artworks. Some of the rooms trace the histories and personal lives of the mansion’s former inhabitants, which include various earls, countesses, dukes and viscounts. Temporary exhibitions are also regularly held in the mansion’s rooms.
Stroll out into the estate to enjoy the beautifully manicured gardens. Check out the pretty rhododendron walk and six plant collections of national significance. Visit the Home Farm, which has a fascinating collection of rare breeds housed within a 17th-century barn. You can see rare breeds of cattle, sheep and goats here.
The grassy areas in front of the house are regularly used for special events. You might catch the Party in the Park and Opera in the Park concerts or see open-air theater performances and charity fun runs. The fields to the north of the Home Farm host agricultural events and dog shows.
The surrounding estate is mostly made up of woodland. Explore the pretty woods and find the estate’s sporting facilities, including a football pitch, a golf course and cycle paths. Children will love the Temple Newsam House estate’s playground. There is a café serving refreshments and snacks at the mansion.
Temple Newsam House is situated to the east of Leeds. Parking is available on-site. Alternatively, catch the train from the city to Cross Gates and walk just under 2 miles (3 kilometers) to the estate. There is an admission fee to visit the house and farm.