Harewood House in England
Located outside the village of Harewood in West Yorkshire, England, Harewood House is a major tourist attraction and offers a wonderful day’s outing for the whole family. A tour through Harewood House and grounds allows visitors to view the superb examples of Chippendale furniture, outstanding art collections and the richly decorated Adams interiors, before exploring the beautifully landscaped gardens of this stately home which was built by Baron Edwin Lascelles. The house was completed in 1771 and remains the home of the Lascelles family.
Some of the highlights of a tour through Harewood House include the comfortably furnished and well stocked Old Library; the China Room with its impressive collection of Sevres porcelain and a detailed Roman-inspired wall relief of a groom awaiting his bride; Princess Mary’s Dressing Room which was designed by Sir Herbert Baker; Lord Harewood’s Sitting room with its extensive collection of 20th century artworks and sculptures; the richly decorated State Bedroom reserved for visiting royalty; the Yellow and Cinnamon Drawing Rooms; and the State Dining Room. Arguably the most impressive of the many rooms of Harewood House is the awe-inspiring Gallery which extends along the whole west end of the house, displaying Harewood’s famed collection of Chinese Porcelain, Renaissance paintings, Chippendale wood-carved mirror frames and pelmets and many more treasures.
Stepping out into the garden, visitors can follow well marked trails in exploring the natural wonders of Harewood House. Take a stroll along the Terrace Garden Walk or the Lakeside Walk. The Rock Garden features a sunken Himalayan garden with a waterfall and a vast array of unusual plants, while the Walled Garden has a carpet of wild flowers and display beds of vegetables. Another popular feature of Harewood House is the Adventure Playground.
Be sure to visit the Harewood Bird Garden which focuses on conservation through education. Working along with the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), more than one hundred species of exotic and threatened birds are kept in environments adapted to their needs. In cooperation with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and as part of a U.K. conservation initiative, in 1999 a number of Red Kites were released on the estate and are monitored by the RSPB.
Clearly, England’s Harewood House offers everything for a fun family outing, while at the same time being educational and raising awareness of the need to conserve our environment and the animals that share our planet.
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