Places in Leeds
Leeds is an ancient city with a rich history and is
also home to some beautiful heritage sights.
Harewood House [map],
Harewood, was designed by John Carr in 1759 for Edwin
Lascelles and the Lascelles family who have occupied
the house ever since.
The interior, created by Robert Adam, has impressive
ceilings and plasterwork that experts have described
as “the richest collection of Chippendale in
This house is open to the public and has landscaped
gardens, a lake and plenty of woodland walks. The Bird
Garden has one of the most comprehensive collections
of rare and exotic species in the country. A visit to
Harewood House and a tour around its splendid mansion
and gardens proves to be a particularly interesting
experience, what makes the visit even more special is
the range of exhibitions that Harewood regularly stages.
From Walking With Dinosaurs to a look behind
closed doors and the servants quarter, the ever changing
museum ensures that no visit to Harewood is ever the
Temple Newsam [map] is located off Selby Road, and is one of the largest
stately homes in the region and has a history dating
back to 1086 when it was mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The large house has a farm and café as
well as a range of rooms open to the public which contain
a huge variety of works of art, with over 350 Old
Masters and British paintings, including examples
of work by Reynolds and Gainsborough,
and furniture by Thomas Chippendale and his contemporaries.
For a taste of Leeds' rich industrial history pay a
visit to Leeds Industrial Museum [map] at Armley Mills, which was formerly the largest woollen
mill in the world and is located beside the River Aire.
The museum explores the city's industrial past and has
displays covering local textiles and clothing industries.
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