Do you like your parents decorating tastes? Well, the previous owners of Temple Newsam House didn’t. Each generation decorated a different bit of the House, so you can literally walk back in time, from Tudor to Victorian, as you walk through the upstairs rooms.
Bringing your class?
400 years of history have created a web of stories and our ethos is about ‘bringing the Estate to life’. We have a programme of 1 to 4 hour cross-curricular workshops for schools covering Early Years Foundation Stage, primary and secondary schools.
In each workshop or session, we discover the people who lived and worked at Temple Newsam and how their stories shaped of Leeds and our national politics from the portraits and objects the they left behind. We think about how the objects in the collections got here and who slept in the beds; and explore and the tales behind the building from the bare bricks. We help you explore the farm and the huge number of rare breed animals we breed and care for, navigate the estate, go pond dipping and create animal sculptures!
What will it cost?
Visits to Temple Newsam are free to Leeds (LEA) schools and special needs schools and need to be booked in advance. Independent and non-Leeds (LEA) schools pay £1 per head for admission to the House, £1.60 per head for admission to the farm or £2.10 per head for a joint ticket with the House and the Estate farm. All children under 5 years old are admitted free of charge.
Self guided activities in the House, Estate and Home Farm are free and need to be booked in advance.
Guided activities have additional charges which are:
£2.00 per child per half day or 2 hour session for activities at Home Farm or on the Estate.
Charges for workshops in the House depend on the individual activity but are typically £55 for a half day workshop and £110 for a full day workshop.
How many staff do we need?
The group leader ratio is one free adult per two children under 5. Over the age of 5, the ratio is one free adult per six children. This applies to both Leeds and non-Leeds schools.
Book the study support centre
The Temple Newsam study support centre is located within Home Farm. It caters for school-age children and is also available to groups who want to use our facilities independently by hiring the centre by the day or week.
The study support suite has two rooms. A "wet classroom" for painting, craft work and "muddy science" and a fully equipped computer room with ten computers, printers and white board. There are toilets, hand washing, tea and coffee-making facilities, a fridge, freezer and cooker. Guided study support programmes run from 3:30pm to 5pm but may be available at other times on request. If you have a particular topic you wish to explore, we can work with you to produce a programme of work. Contact us on (0113) 2645535 to make a booking.
Leeds Schools can book the study support centre after school hours, between 3:30 and 5pm free of charge, depending on availability. There is a charge for Non-Leeds Schools and for any group booking the Study Support Centre at other times. A morning session runs from 9am to 12 noon. An afternoon session runs from 12 to 3pm. The suite is normally closed between 3 and 3:30pm. for cleaning and preparation. Please remember that booking is subject to availability on a "first–come, first–served" basis. Please ring for details.
“Practical and fun for children, a great resource with a reasonable price”, KS2 teacher after a Tudor workshop at Temple Newsam House
“I have learnt to plan my writing properly, have been inspired and have put myself in other people’s shoes”, KS3 student after a creative writing workshop
“Now I can tell mum and dad about the Tudors!”, KS2 pupil after (you’ve guessed it) a Tudor workshop!
Contact us using the link on this page or call us on the following numbers to enquire about making a booking:
The House: (0113) 336 7461
The Farm, Estate and Study Support Centre: (0113) 336 7560