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Lotherton offers a full day out for the whole family. There is an extensive events programme so please check our What's on site or Facebook page for more details.

Please plan your visit to ensure you can see the house and Wildlife World before the last entry times. Help us to keep Lotherton beautiful by using the designated parking areas and abiding by the country code. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Click to expandComing soon: Wildlife World

Our forthcoming attraction - Lotherton Wildlife World - will see our current Bird Garden go through a series of significant developments.

You may have noticed lots of activity going on around the Bird Garden - we are busy preparing brand new enclosures designed to represent the natural habitats and stimulate natural behaviours for our new species. The first of these enclosures will be a new Coastal Zone to house our new colony of Humbolt penguins.

We will also be preparing the start of a Woodland Zone home to tapirs and capybaras, as well as working on a brand new visitor centre. We kindly ask that you bear with us as we work hard to develop the attraction for your enjoyment.

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.​​

Click to expandHouse and Chapel

Lotherton Hall was once the home of the Gascoigne family. It was gifted to the City of Leeds in 1968 by Sir Alvary and Lady Gascoigne, including the contents of the house.

House and family

The grand but comfortable house consists mainly of late Victorian and Edwardian extensions made by Colonel Gascoigne, based around a Regency-period core. Visitors can bask in the ambience of this charming country home, giving a taste of the lives of the English upper classes in the early 1900s. Restored servants’ rooms also explore the lives of the house’s staff.

Magnificent decorative art collection

As well as displaying the beautiful items given by the Gascoignes, Lotherton is a treasure-trove of internationally important 19th and 20th century decorative art, including objects from many important designers and makers. Changing displays include fine furniture, ceramics, silver, metalwork, jewellery and more.

Fashion Galleries

Annual exhibitions of dress and textiles are displayed in the beautifully refurbished Fashion Galleries.

Chapel

Lotherton’s historic chapel – dating to the 1100s and dedicated to St. James – was once part of the medieval village of Luttrington. It was restored during the First World War for use by soldiers when Lotherton was being used as a military hospital.

Click to expandGrounds and Gardens

Edwardian Gardens

The gardens cover 8 acres and were designed as a series of enclosed gardens by Mrs Gwendolen Gascoigne between 1893 and 1914, with few changes up to her death in 1949.

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.

Wildlife World

The Bird Garden, renowned for its work breeding and caring for many bird species from across the world, is transforming onto Wildlife World. Over the coming years visitors will see enclosures transformed to enable and encourage more natural behaviour in the birds. Other animal species will be introduced to provide informative displays that help to tell global conservation stories. You can see the latest news on our Facebook posts.

Explore the Wildlife World

The Estate

Beyond the formal gardens, you will find woodlands and the former farmland now made up of the orchard, deer park and open grassy fields for picnics and play.

  • Orchard: Planted in 2005 in partnership with the Northern Fruit Group, there are 109 varieties of trees, including many from the Yorkshire region. A meandering path through the trees gets you close to the beautiful blossom in the spring time and the apples at harvest time. Look out for Harvest Days in the Autumn
  • Deer Park: Our herd of red deer live in the old ridge and furrow fields now managed as parkland. From the Deer Hide you can watch (and hear!) the rut in the autumn as the stag gathers the hinds (females) together, then look out for the babies born from late May
  • 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

Walks

  • 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

Click to expandOutdoor Play

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:

Playground
Enjoy the popular adventure playground (for the under 13s) with climbing frames, zip wire, swings, roundabouts and plenty of seating close to the Stable Courtyard.

Woodland play
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 twin zip-wires?

Deer Park - explorer's zone
This part of the deer park is open to visitors with a seasonal pond and boardwalk, deer hide and birdwatching area with interactive displays for children. Here you’ll also find the bale maze (suitable for all ages), undercover picnic area and in the summer holidays the sand-pit and deck chairs.

Giant games
Available during sunny days in the gardens.

Family trails
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!​​

Click to expandIndoor Play

Dressing up
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!

Curiosity cabinets
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.

Discovery chests
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.

Family trails
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.

Craft activities
Join us every weekend for free craft activities in the House, and keep an eye out for extra entertainment every day through the school holidays.​​

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