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Temple Newsam park: one hundred years on

Explore changes to the grounds at Temple Newsam, on the 100th anniversary of the Park and the House opening to the people and city of Leeds.

For MEMBERS only

This special event exclusively for members of Leeds Phil & Lit and Leeds Art Fund has been organised collaboratively to mark the celebrations of Leeds Year of Culture 2023.

Limited to 20 places for each organisation – 40 in total.

We’ll focus on changes in Temple Newsam’s grounds over the 100 years since this remarkable place opened to the public in October 1923. 

Held on the actual anniversary date, the walk will be guided by landscape and estate specialists who will describe and interpret the various changes, including the huge impact of open-cast mining and the subsequent attempts to restore the parklands. Today, the team at Temple Newsam is aiming both to protect the natural environment and at the same time, harmonise with their original character for the enjoyment of future visitors.

Meet at Temple Newsam House for a short introduction and overview from a high vantage point within the house, then a guided walk to key parts of the story, followed by refreshments. Please note: steep stairs within the house (no lift) and some steps and slopes along the route in the grounds.

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