Temple Newsam, an old Tudor house/estate, has huge grounds and a variety of gardens. These play host to a ‘tea room’, small ponds, vast wooded walks and a great little farm (though the farm is not dog-friendly). It truly is a beautiful area with a variety of options for your visit.

The estate is situated just off the M1 (J45), just outside Leeds (Colton). Regularly visited by families, couple, dog-walkers and sports teams it truly is a hive of activity. The main car parks are very cheap and there is no entrance fee, unlike other similar stately homes, such as Harewood House.

There are a number of large fields throughout the grounds. These play host to picnics, family activities and sports games. They are, of course, an exceptional space to play a classic game of fetch with the pooch. I’m yet to try our recent purchase from Nerf Dog on the grounds, however there is plenty of space to excite Izzy, without frustrating those who won’t a nice romantic picnic in the sunshine.

In addition to the picturesque Tudor-Jacobean house and the well maintained grounds, Temple Newsam boasts acres of wooded areas. With a large number of bridleways and footpaths throughout the thick cover of trees, it’s a whole separate adventure for you and your dogs. Accessible from Bullerthorpe Lane (limited parking), you don’t need to concern yourself with the small parking fee inside the grounds itself.

The Courtyard Tea Rooms are located just beside the farm. It offers a typical menu that would be expected at this type of establishment. Mixtures of sandwiches, burgers and jacket potatoes with a range of biscuits or cakes for dessert. For me, the quality of the food doesn’t live up to the prices, however the recently renovated Tea Rooms are a lovely setting. The courtyard area has a large number of outdoor seating, which is beautiful in the sun though no cover from the rain (unfortunate due to the Tea Room itself not being dog-friendly). There are extremely limited indoor seating that does allow dogs, purely two sofas and one table with chairs.

The on site farm, is a lovely little working farm that is reasonably priced (adult: £3.70, children: £2.40 and children under 5 years are free – prices true of 26/1/18). They do offer a family ticket at £9.90 should that suit your requirements. The farm includes pigs, sheep, goats, cattle and ducks, with the piglets and chickens running free in the yard. “On special event days enjoy traditional crafts, activities and demonstrations, such as butter making and blacksmithing. There’s even an amazing playground for the kids to let off a little steam (Visit Leeds, 2018).”

Temple Newsam offers a whole host of activities for the whole family and is certainly worth a visit.

Overall score: 80%

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