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What is Temple Newsam?

Temple Newsam is one of the many heritage sites in Leeds and elsewhere that Eric Knows makes easy to find.

Temple Newsam is a country estate to the West of Leeds featuring a Tudor-Jacobean house and vast open grounds classified as parkland. Also, it is a perfect place to go for a day out with the family, even if you have a dog, as it has indoor as well as outdoor features, allowing for a wide variety of activities.

The Heritage of the House and the Home Farm

First of all, the house contains a collection of beautiful art and furniture going back 500 years. It also demonstrates the familial history the house has garnered, including its claim to being the birthplace of Henry Stuart, the husband of Mary Queen of Scots.

Secondly, the Home Farm, as a working farm, offers visitors the opportunity to get close to its animals. Furthermore, it one of the largest rare breeds centres in Europe, meaning that many of the animals visitors see here are sure to be ones they haven’t seen before! A list of what rare breeds the Home Farm has can even be found here.

Tickets for the House and Home farm can be booked on Temple Newsam’s website.

The Grounds

In addition to the house and farm, the grounds surrounding them are an attraction and of themselves. Classified as parkland, you are able to roam, walk dogs and have picnics on them free of charge. Moreover, the extensiveness of the grounds means that no two walks around Temple Newsam have to be the same, with open areas and woodland alike.

Accessibility

Regarding accessibility, the house does have lifts so make sure that most of it is accessible. However, the second wing and cellar are inaccessible by wheelchair. On the other hand, there’s disabled parking around the estate, with the house car park being level with the building. Furthermore, able to be borrowed at the house’s entrance is a manual wheelchair since electric wheelchairs aren’t permitted in the house.

Read the FAQs below and visit Temple Newsam’s website for more details on accessibility at Temple Newsam.

How to get there

Despite being on the outskirts of Leeds, Temple Newsam is accessible by car, bus and train. Paid onsite car parking, including disabled bays, is available. Also, if going by bus, the numbers 19 and 19A can stop 1 mile away from Temple Newsam at Whitkirk. Finally, if you don’t mind a 35 minute walk, the Cross Gates train station is 1.9 miles away from the site.

Q Do you have to pay to go into the surrounding estate?

If you just plan on walking around the estate and not paying a visit to the home farm or the house then it is free, as the surrounding lands are classified as parkland. You can even walk your dog and bring a picnic!

Q Are the house and home farm wheelchair accessible?

The house is mostly accessible and there are lifts within it. Furthermore, the car park next to it has disabled parking bays and the ground between it and the house itself is level.
However, the cellar and second wing are inaccessible. Further, electric wheelchairs are not allowed in the house but a manual wheelchair is able to be borrowed from the house entrance.
The home farm's second floor is not accessible, but the interpretation of the displays there can be read on the ground floor.

Q How does the house cater towards those who are hearing impaired/deaf?

You can get an audio tour enhancement if you are visiting the house.

Q Are dogs, including assistance dogs, allowed into the grounds?

Absolutely! You can take dogs with you on your walk around the grounds, but dogs must be kept on a leash in the gardens and courtyard. Furthermore they can't go into the house, home farm or the café. However, assistance dogs can accompany those that need them anywhere.

Q Is Temple Newsam pushchair friendly?

Many of the trails can be accessed with pushchair, but some are steep or gravelly.
Pushchairs are not allowed into the house however.

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