One of the ten Treasure Houses of England, Harewood House is a magnificent historic symbol of the countryside English home. Built at the end of the 1700s under the instruction of architects John Carr and Robert Adam, the house and gardens still have the form of its original designs. It was first bought by the 1st Baron Harewood, Edwin Lascelles, from a fortune made in India trading. The estate has been handed down within the family, although it has now been transferred to a trust structure.
In the 2009 national Excellence in England awards, The Harewood House and Gardens won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award. This says a lot about its popularity amongst the Yorkshire tourist, who not only visit for the historic scenes, but the divine art amongst its walls. Why travel to Italy when you can get a taste of Italian Renaissance only a few miles away? Yes there are works of Bellini, Titian, El Greco on its walls, as well as paintings by Thomas Girtin and JMW Turner from when they stayed in the house themselves. The grounds are large and the rooms are many, with each one portraying its own exuberance. The best way to experience it all is to take a long walk though with a carefree mind.
To get here, you want to take the A61 from Leeds heading north (the Leeds/Harrogate road) and exit when you get to the A659 heading East. The Harewood House should appear to your right as you drive down the road.
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Did you know the Harewood House and Gardens will be a host to the riders of Tour de France in July 2014, the first year for the tour to come to Yorkshire?