Harewood House Trust


Harewood House Trust is an educational charity which engages over 200,000 visitors every year through our three outstanding collections – art, garden and living – and a growing exhibition and engagement programme that links them and our audiences. It is one of England’s finest 18th century country houses, with a magnificent collection of fine and decorative arts; an accredited museum, with a nationally designated collection, it is also the family seat of the Earl and Countess of Harewood.

 Harewood was created using the historic wealth of the Lascelles family, garnered from the West Indian sugar trade of plantations, enslavement of people of colour and ownership of ships and warehouses. Today, Harewood is a safe place in which we can have open conversations about our past and bring communities together, using our history as a means of creating a better society today. 

 As an educational charitable trust, Harewood’s key objectives are:

  • to preserve for the benefit of the public the House, Gardens and Collections;
  • to promote the study and appreciation of the arts and sciences;
  • to provide facilities for recreation.

Alongside the care, conservation and interpretation of the core collection, Harewood runs a series of innovative exhibitions of contemporary as well as historic art. The Trust also has a commercial arm that manages its trading operation including major outdoor events, conferences, corporate functions, fine dining, cafés and other retail and food outlets. 

Conveniently located midway between Leeds and Harrogate and served by the 36 bus.