Opening Spring 2017
We’re excited to introduce our new attraction Lotherton Wildlife World, which will see our current Bird Garden go through a series of significant developments.
In spring 2017 we’ll be opening a new visitor centre and adding to our animal collection with the introduction of penguins, flamingos and forest mammals. Lotherton Wildlife World will tell the story of our natural heritage, while drawing on the travels of previous owners of the estate, the Gascoignes.
What's it all about?
Come and get to know our animals, how they live and what we can do to protect their future. Our new Wildlife World will contribute to conservation initiatives and aim to raise awareness of endangered animals and plant species through an exciting learning and events programme.
Follow our progress:
We’ll be keeping you informed of updates through social media. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Lotherton Hall has evolved over the last few centuries. There is evidence that there was a Georgian house on the site and the earliest parts are believed to be Regency.
The Chapel dates from the 12th century and once part of the medieval village of Luttrington and is dedicated to St James.
The house was extended in late Victorian and in Edwardian times by Colonel Gascoigne to create a country home for his family. Sir Alvary and Lady Gascoigne gave the house and estate to the city of Leeds in 1968.
Collection and exhibitions
The house contains a fabulous decorative art collection, the Fashion Galleries, and you can get a glimpse of where the house staff once worked in the restored Servants’ Rooms.
Lotherton Hall hosts a regular exhibition programme in the Fashion Galleries and changing displays in the Servants’ Hall.
The gardens cover 8 acres and were designed mainly by Gwendolyn Gascoigne between 1903-49, as a series of enclosed gardens.
The old Walled Garden was transformed into an "old-fashioned" garden filled with rose beds and herbaceous borders with scented flowers, tender creepers and perennials. The William and Mary Garden was built with a sunken pond and plant walls. Part of the Victorian shrubbery was made into a rock garden, with winding sunken paths and a hard tennis court was laid out overlooking the pasture.
Today, the gardens are being slowly restored to their former state.
With over 480 individual birds, from more than 130 different species, the Bird Garden has developed into one of the UK's premier collections of rare and endangered birdlife.
Explore the Bird Garden
Beyond the formal gardens, walk along the fence of the Deer Park and watch the herd of red deer grazing. Saunter off the beaten track onto Ranger's Walk; or continue beyond the Bird Garden entrance, and the countryside is only footsteps away.
- Orchard: Planted in 2005, in partnership with the Northern Fruit Group, the Orchard contains 109 varieties of trees, including many from the Yorkshire region.
- Deer Park: Lotherton has its own herd of red deer. Visit the new Deer Hide and see how many you can count!
- Free-Play Areas: Lotherton is a great place to let off steam. Everyone can make use of our free-play fields. Feel free to bring your own games, fly a kite or have a kick about with all your friends and family.
A leaflet on walks around Lotherton is available from the Estate shop.
- Captain Wood Walk: A short walk through open mixed broadleaved woodland. See the abundant flowers and wildlife in the hazel and ash coppice groups. The path is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs all the year round.
- Boundary Trail Walk: Take a stroll around the paddocks. The hedgerows are rich with wildflowers and birds, and there are panoramic views. Partway see a group of standing stones 'Geometry in the Landscape'. Suitable for electric wheelchairs and pushchairs in the summer.
Coburnhill Wood Walk: Follow Ranger's Walk - an ancient green track and public right of way.
Lotherton has an exciting programme of annual events.
Visit our What's On website for the full listings and the latest updates.
11 – 26 Feb – Love Birds
1 – 23 Apr – A Mad Hatter of an Easter
22 & 23 Apr – St. George’s Weekend
29 Apr – 1 May – Food & Drink Festival
27 May – 4 Jun – Fairytale Fun
17 & 18 Jun – Wartime Weekend
15 & 16 Jul – Edwardian Weekend
24 Jul – 3 Sep – Summer Holiday Adventures
1 Aug – Yorkshire Day
19 & 20 Aug – Vintage Weekend
10 Sep – Autumn Harvest
21- 29 Oct – Spooky Scarecrow Trail
28 & 29 Oct – Halloween Weekend
24 Nov – 23 Dec – The Christmas Experience
Check our latest events online
Lotherton Hall Facebook page
Lotherton is a great place to let off steam. Everyone can make use of our free-play fields. Bring your own games, fly a kite or have a kick about with your friends and family.
You can also enjoy:
Enjoy the popular adventure playground (for the under 8s) with climbing frames, zip wire, swings, roundabouts and plenty of seating close to the Stable Courtyard.
Designed for older children, this picnic and play area offers great fun and exercise in a woodland setting. Why not have a race on our new twin zip-wires?
Take some time out to spot our red deer herd grazing in the parkland with special educational and interactive displays for children.
Available during sunny days in the gardens.
Explore the grounds and become a nature detective with one of our free family trails. Download and print them at home or pick up a copy when you arrive. Don’t forget to bring a pencil or pick one up from the shop!
Upstairs or downstairs? Get in to role as one of Lotherton’s residents. Costumes available for the whole family, don’t forget to take a selfie and post it on our Facebook Page!
Keep an eye out for our five Curiosity Cabinets around the house, based on different themes. Touch, play and explore to discover the different stories of Lotherton Hall and the people who lived here.
The Gascoignes Abroad
Visit our special interactive gallery and follow the travels of the Gascoigne family to lands near and far through a digital storybook. Help the Gascoignes pick up souvenirs along the way and find out more about the countries they visited.
Under-fives can follow the Gascoignes Abroad stories in the interactive gallery by learning through play. The Discovery Chests provide safe and interesting objects from around the world to entice and excite your little ones.
Explore the house and become a museum expert with one of our free family trails. Either download and print them at home or pick up a copy when you arrive.