Temple Newsam, Leeds Review For Families

We always think, wherever we go, we want the day to be memorable of course, and for us all to feel happy and free. Temple Newsam is a large park and garden with various activities to do in a beautiful location. We have visited a few times over the past few years, whether on our own, with family, or with friends, and it has always been a fun day out. It is not a cheap day if you want to visit the House or ‘Home Farm’ to see the animals but you can visit the space for free for a picnic or a run around. This is worth noting though because it can be difficult not to pay into places when your children can see what is available. There are local cards that you may have that entitle you to free or discounted entry so check this before booking.

There’s so much to see and do that even though we cover only a small portion of the estate each time we go, we always have a full day. Equally, it is somewhere you could decide to just visit for a couple of hours. Whether you’re interested in exploring the historic house, strolling through the breathtaking gardens, or enjoying the activities tailored for children, Temple Newsam promises a great experience for the whole family. 

Where is it located?

Temple Newsam is conveniently located near Leeds, making it easily accessible for families in the area. Situated in the northeast part of the city, it offers a tranquil escape from the bustling urban life. Whether you’re a local or visiting from afar, this destination is worth adding to your family’s itinerary.

History of Temple Newsam, Leeds

Temple Newsam, originally known as “Newsham,” has a rich history dating back to the 16th century. Once owned by the Knights Templar, it became a grand Tudor mansion under the ownership of Sir Thomas Darcy. Over time, the estate passed through different noble families, including the Ingrams, who added Georgian and Victorian elements to the architecture. In 1922, Temple Newsam came under the care of Leeds City Council, allowing public access to its captivating grounds and preserving its historical significance. Today, it stands as a cherished heritage site, connecting visitors to the illustrious past of Leeds.

What is There to Do for Families?

Temple Newsam offers a wide range of activities and attractions that cater to families. It is a beautiful place to visit, and the grounds are so well kept. It is quite a large space so we have been a few times and chosen different parts to explore each time. It is ideal for picnics with friends, rolling down hills, having ice cream (actually we do this everywhere!), playing in the park, visiting the animals at the farm or having a nice walk looking at all the pretty flowers (especially in Springtime!)

I would say there is something for everyone here. It is not like me at all but we only have a couple of snapshots of visiting over the years and none of Barney bless him – will update!

Discovering the Play Park

The play park at Temple Newsam proved to be an absolute hit. There is lots of equipment for all ages here, including tunnel slides, climbing frames, swings etc. Again, I will update with more park photos when we visit again this year (5th May see at the end of the article for details).


Discovering the Temple Newsam House and its Wonders

We went inside the big house which is really quite impressive. Can you imagine a house that looks like a castle? That’s exactly what Temple Newsam is like! Inside, there were so many rooms to explore. It is perhaps not for everyone with little ones, but even though our two are very active they do quite like walking round big houses at estates like this, and sometimes Temple Newsam host trails/activities for them to complete as well. We were lucky that we listened to a storyteller in one of the rooms. The house offered a unique blend of history and entertainment. It is £22 for a family though so only pay in if you think you will really enjoy it. We would not pay into this every time, and maybe not again here, but we wanted to experience it once.

Visit to the Farm

One of the highlights of our visit was the farm, which proved to be a hit with our two. The farm is open from 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday during the Summer season (and on Mondays during the school holidays). Tickets for a family are £13 (we are two adults and two children) and they are available to buy in advance or on the day from the Courtyard Shop. The farm houses various animals, and lots of rare breeds, including, lambs, piglets, geese, guinea pigs and loads more! On special event days they do crafts, activities and demonstrations so it may be wise to look on the website ahead of booking if you want to experience more than the normal entrance to the farm.

Cycling Friendly Paths

If your family enjoys cycling, Temple Newsam is the perfect place to indulge in this activity. The only challenge you may encounter during your visit to Temple Newsam is the slightly hilly terrain. While it could provide an exciting opportunity for thrilling downhill cycling, it could pose a slight difficulty for little legs when coming to the uphill climbs. 

Families with younger children may want to consider this aspect and plan their activities accordingly but you could just get off and walk at any tricky parts or just go for it!

Facilities for Families

Temple Newsam provides excellent facilities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable visit for families. There are several free car parks available, but if you prefer convenience, there is a payable car park closer to the house.

Toilets are conveniently located throughout the park, making it easy for families with young children. Additionally, there is a lovely courtyard tea room where you can grab a bite to eat and relax. I would say it is on par with prices of National Trusts properties and similar places.

Areas For Improvement

While our overall experience at Temple Newsam was fantastic, we do think that perhaps the farm and house could be cheaper but this is probably a personal opinion and may differ other people’s.

Would you recommend it?

We would recommend a visit to Temple Newsam for families seeking an enjoyable day out. The park’s vast expanse, coupled with its diverse range of attractions, ensures that there is something for everyone. M & B had a great time in the play park, discovering the farm animals, and engaging in outdoor adventures. It’s a place where you can spend quality time together, creating treasured memories.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a café?

Yes, there is a café available at Temple Newsam. Located in the courtyard next to the house, the café offers a convenient spot for visitors to grab a meal or refreshments during their visit. 

While the cafe provides a convenient option, if you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, you may prefer to bring your own picnic and enjoy a meal outdoors in one of the scenic areas of the park. This is what we always do as we find it nicer to eat outside where we choose, and when we choose. Then we buy an ice cream or pudding from the cafe.

Is there an admission fee for Temple Newsam?

Entry to the park itself is free, allowing families to enjoy the stunning landscapes and outdoor activities without incurring any costs. However, there are charges for specific attractions within the park, such as the house and farm. I have noted these above but obviously they could change at any point.

What is your favourite part of Temple Newsam?

We quite liked the play park – we always think that a free or cheap activity gives our two as much fun as the paid in activities.

Are dogs allowed at Temple Newsam?

Yes, dogs are welcome in Temple Newsam, making it an ideal destination for families with furry friends. 

However, please note that dogs are not permitted in the house and farm areas. Assistance dogs may be an exception, but it is advisable to check with the park’s guidelines to ensure compliance.

Is parking available at the park?

Temple Newsam offers several free car parks around its grounds, providing ample parking space for visitors. There is also a payable car park closer to the house for those who prefer a more convenient location.

Are there cycling paths within the park?

Yes, Temple Newsam is known for its cycling-friendly paths, catering to families who enjoy exploring the park on bicycles. These well-maintained paths provide a scenic and enjoyable experience for cyclists of all ages. We need to visit with our bikes, watch this space!


Pros & Cons


  • Expansive park.
  • Brilliant farm.
  • Nice playpark.


  • Can be very busy!

Park enjoyment rating

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Last Updated on March 12, 2024 by Beth

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