Temple Newsam estate is accredited by the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS). Situated between Colton and Halton, the estate is approximately 5 miles from Leeds and 1.5 miles from the nearest train station at Cross Gates. During school holidays there is a direct bus (number 10) from Leeds City Centre. Please contact First Buses on 0845 6045460 for up to information about this service. An alternative route is a twenty five minute walk (approximately) up a hill from the nearest bus stop in Halton.
We look forward to welcoming you but for more information before your visit, please call us on +44 (0)113 336 7461 (House) or +44 (0)113 336 7560 (Estate Office).
There are several disabled parking spaces across the estate. Designated disabled bays are available in every car park including the public House car park (pay and display but free to blue badge holders), Home farm car park, the Lodge car park, relief car park and next to the walled garden. There are disabled access parking spaces immediately outside the House and the Stable Courtyard, please speak to staff at the kiosk in the House car park who will open the gate for you on arrival.
The public House car park provides level access to Temple Newsam House, access from the other car parks to the house is via fairly gradual uphill pathways.
The House – there is an accessible entrance on the south side of the House. This is ramped access. The entrance is manual, opening inwards with a clear opening space.
The Shop – There is ramped access into the Shop and automatic doors.
Tea Rooms – The entrance to the café is level and manual, opening inwards with clear opening spaces.
Please note that there is stepped access into the Estate office. Please seek assistance from the shop.
Lifts and access to galleries in the House
A large proportion of the House is fully accessible. Some things to note are;
- Benches and seats are available for visitors to use around the House
- A lift provides access to all floors for wheelchair users. The lift can accommodate one wheelchair at any time.
- There is no wheelchair access to the south wing of the House or the cellars
- There are some multi-sensory and interactive spaces within the House
- Please note that electric wheelchairs are not allowed in the House and pushchairs cannot be pushed around the House
- Please discuss any access needs with the learning and access officer when booking any school visits
Access in the grounds, Home Farm and walled gardens
All of the grounds, gardens and walled gardens are fully accessible. Some things to note are;
- If you are using push wheelchairs, you might struggle on some of the gravel/cobbled areas, particularly in Home Farm and the Stables courtyard
- The walled garden is fully accessible but the pathways are fairly steep in parts
- Electric wheelchairs must be left outside the Tea Rooms and Estate Office
- Many trails and walks are accessible but steep in parts
- There is a fully accessible playground next to Home Farm
- The first floor display areas of Home Farm are not accessible but interpretation is displayed on the ground floor
Accessible toilets are available in the House, the Stables Courtyard and in a fully accessible Changing Places facility next to the accessible playground.
Facilities in the Changing Places toilets include an emergency alarm, a fire alarm with a flashing light, rise and fall sink, bed and hoist. The Changing Places toilets and Stables Courtyard toilet are RADAR key operated.
Baby changing facilities are available in the Stable Courtyard toilets (both male and family toilets) and in the accessible ladies toilet in the House.
Borrow a wheelchair
A manual wheelchair is available from the house entrance to borrow on your visit. Unfortunately we cannot provide assistance around the house for wheelchair users. Please telephone +44 (0)113 336 7461 in advance of your visit to ensure the chair is available.
A manual wheelchair and all terrain motability scooters are available to use outdoors. Please telephone the Estate Office on +44 (0)113 336 7560 to book in advance as there are limited numbers.
Entry to Temple Newsam is free of charge for carers.
Dogs including guide and assistance dogs
Dogs are welcome to all areas except the House, Home Farm and Tea Rooms, although guide and assistance dogs are welcome. Dogs need to be kept on leads in the gardens and courtyard but are free to roam around the rest of the grounds if under control. Water is available by the Stables courtyard, near to the toilets.
Induction loops / Sound enhancement systems
An audio tour enhancement is available for visitors to the House who have hearing difficulties.
Any specific handling sessions are advertised via our events website – see the events tab to the right. There are areas within the House that are touch and handling friendly and there is plenty to see, touch and smell at Home Farm.
Access provision for groups
If a member or members of your group require access provision, please contact us at least six weeks in advance of your visit on +44 113 336 7461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.