The Garden Guide

Harewood House Garden

A mid-eighteenth century house and park with a nineteenth century garden. The Harewood House park, designed by Lancelot Brown between 1758 and 1772, matured and 'took their place among the great landscapes of Yorkshire, to be praised by poets and painted by Turner and Girtiin'. J C Loudon suggested converting the lake from the serpentine style to the picturesque, or irregular, style. Charles Barry designed a great terrace, to create a transition between the house and the park.

Head Gardener's Comment

There are over 100 acres of Gardens at Harewood. They are full of variety, with plants from all over the world - all this in the setting of a magnificent landscape created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Harewood’s Head Gardener, Trevor Nicholson, was named ‘Professional Gardener of the Year’ by Horticulture Week in 2008. Now in his nineteenth year at Harewood, Trevor aims “to put Harewood at the top of the list as a place for garden-lovers to visit.” He oversees work on all the dazzling range of gardens at Harewood, including the Terrace, the Lakeside Garden, the Himalayan Garden and the Walled Garden.

Children will enjoy the excitement and thrills of the Adventure Playground, with its slides, swings and climbing frames – all with the café, picnic areas, ice cream kiosk and toilets close by.

You can also enjoy Harewood’s renowned Bird Garden, home to exotic species including penguins, owls, flamingos and parrots. Why not adopt a bird and help support the Bird Garden’s crucial conservation work?
Photograph © Harewood House

Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, LS17 9LQ

April to November. Daily. Open 10:30am, last admission 4:40pm.

Adult £11.00 (High Season July to early September - £13.00).

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