Built by John Carr of York, furnished by master cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale, with interiors by the much-celebrated Robert Adam, all the in the setting of 'Capability' Brown's finest landscape makes Harewood one of the great Treasure Houses of England.
Edwin Lascelles (1713-1795) commissioned the building of Harewood House in the mid-18th century with money his father Henry had made in the West Indian sugar trade. It has been home to the Lascelles family ever since, reflecting the changing tastes and styles of the past 250 years. You can find out more about the Lascelles involvement in the West Indies trade on our Harewood 1807 page.
Harewood is the family seat of the Earl and Countess of Harewood, and the family collection of 20th century art sits alongside the purchases and commissions of previous generations, ensuring Harewood House continues to be a living place as well as a home for the great art of the past.
Harewood was awarded Designated Museum status in 1998, a tribute to the quality of the collections and the care with which they are looked after.
Come to Harewood and soak up the atmosphere, there's so much to see and do you'll be spoilt for choice...
A magnificent Georgian mansion overlooking a landscape by Capability Brown
Robert Adam interiors: fabulous ceilings, ornate fireplaces and original carpets
Chippendale furniture: the largest commission of his life and made especially for Harewood House, including the wonderful State Bedroom
Chinese Wallpaper: a fabulous find now re-hung in the East Bedroom
The Gallery: an astounding collection of paintings by masters of the Italian Renaissance
Family portraits: by Reynolds, Hoppner and Lawrence
Below Stairs: the Old Kitchen and servants' quarters, follow in the footsteps of the many members of staff who have worked here
The Terrace Tearooms: take tea and enjoy the breathtaking view
Explore the House... Entrance to Below Stairs is included with your Grounds ticket, and an upgrade is available to include the State Rooms.