Harewood is Top of the Tourist Tweets

@harewoodhouse on twitter

After an historic summer with Le Tour shining the spotlight on the county, Welcome to Yorkshire can reveal the tourist attractions generating the most social conversation on Twitter within the county over the last 12 months.

With increasing numbers of people using social media to prepare and share their holiday experiences, new research reveals an insight into those places in Yorkshire that people have been talking about the most.

Malton-based theme park and zoo, Flamingoland, was the number one ranked attraction according to the research which was conducted from August 2013 to August 2014, with York Minster second and the National Railway Museum third. Whitby Abbey, Harewood House, Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, Eureka!, Xscape Castleford, Clifford’s Tower and Cliffe Castle Museum made up the top 10.

Recent analysis of Twitter conversation* shows that  71 % of its users Tweet about their holiday whilst away, with half of users sharing their photos on Twitter and 46% of people using it to find local information.

Alexis Guntrip, Harewood’s Marketing Manager said: “We’re thrilled that Harewood is generating so much chatter! Our followers have grown by 17% in the last six months and it’s thanks to our visitors, who regularly share their Harewood experience on Twitter that the conversations are making such a positive impact.”

The news comes on the back of latest research from VisitBritain which showed Yorkshire had a record-breaking summer in 2013, welcoming 168,000 holiday visits during the July, August and September – a year-on-year rise of 37.7% and a record high for holiday visits to the county during this three-month period. This increase represents a faster rate of growth than summer holiday visits to London, which saw a 26% uplift.

Below are the top 10 attractions that are creating the most conversation on Twitter**:

1. Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo – @flamingolanduk

2. York Minster – @York_Minster

3. National Railway Museum – @RailwayMuseum

4. Whitby Abbey – @WhitbyAbbey

5. Harewood House – @HarewoodHouse

6. Beningbrough Hall & Gardens – @NTBeningbrough

7. Eureka! The Museum for Children – @eurekamuseum

8. Xscape Castleford – @xscapeyorkshire

9. Clifford’s Tower

10. Cliffe Castle Museum – @BradfordMuseums

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Young owlets thrive on Harewood Estate

With heart-shaped faces and pure white chests, the barn owl is a much loved countryside bird. Over the summer months Harewood Estate has seen a young family of barn owls grow and thrive. As part of the ongoing conservation efforts on the Estate, the young family of 4 owlets were checked and ringed just three weeks ago.
Harewood Estate in Yorkshire protects wild birds
Harewood in Yorkshire has bird conservation programmes
Baby barn owls on the Harewood Estate
Just three short weeks on, this is the last of the four to fly the nest.
Harewood Estate protects wildlife
A few facts about barn owls:

The barn owl is one of the most widely distributed species of owl occurring on every continent except Antarctica. A nocturnal species, they have exceptional hearing and can find prey from sound alone eating rodents, small mammals, young rabbits and even moles. They are often found in open countryside such as farmland or grassland interspersed with woodland making Harewood Estate the perfect habitat.

Harewood shines with the arrival of the Tour de France.

Harewood House in Yorkshire hosted Le Grand Depart

The world’s greatest bike race got off to a flying start at Harewood this weekend. It was a truly historic occasion made even more special by Royal visitors, the Red Arrows, perfect weather and a wonderful crowd.

Crowds at Harewood House for Le Grand Depart

The Official Ceremonial Start began with the Tour de France caravan containing upwards of 140 cars which set off from Leeds at 11am. The excitement began to build as everything from tea bags to t-shirts were thrown out to the crowds.

After the caravan, came the arrival of the Royal party. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were greeted by Lord and Lady Harewood who introduced them to Patricia, Countess of Harewood, Deputy Prime Minster, the French Ambassador, Lord Lieutenant, Vice Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff.

Overhead the sound of helicopters got the crowd’s attention as the peloton grew nearer. There were thousands of people lining the Drive and the atmosphere was truly electric. As the riders reached the official start line, they were called to a halt. Our top British cyclists were at the front of the pack. Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates were introduced to the Royal party who wished them well for the race.

Harewood House welcomed the Royal Family

The icing on the cake came with the arrival of the Red Arrows who made two passes of the House and crowds. After the fly past, the bikes set off on their 2,277 mile journey.

Lord Harewood, said: “But, much more important, a huge thank you to you and everyone else at Harewood for their fantastic energy, commitment, good humor and hard work. Without all of you, and a little bit of help from the weather, Saturday wouldn’t have been the huge success that it was.”

Alongside Le Grand Depart was the Dare 2b Festival of Cycling keeping the crowds entertained. The Festival attracted 10,000 campers and glampers as well as local visitors here for the day. They enjoyed the Tour de France on huge screens as they sat in the sun and soaked up the atmosphere.

Festival of Cycling at Harewood

It was an incredible weekend which has been made possible by thousands of hours of hard work. The organisers, staff, police, local councils, volunteers and local residents have made this a real moment in history.

Harewood opening times during Tour de France

With so much activity happening at Harewood during the Tour de France there are some changes to our normal opening hours for the big weekend.

On 4th, 5th and 6th July, the House will be closed to the public and members. This is to allow Harewood to prepare for Royal visitors and functions during Le Grand Depart weekend. Do not despair! The grounds and gardens will be open on the 4th and 6th July to members and day visitors.

If you want to come down and see all the activity ahead of the big race you can. On July 4th visitors will be able to enjoy the Festival of Cycling free of charge.

Below is a summary of the opening times during this historic weekend.

4th July 5th July 6th July
House Closed Closed Closed
Grounds and Gardens Open as usual Closed Open, free entry with Festival passes and/or parking.
Parking Harewood standard car park included in ticket price. Festival of Cycling Parking only (£10). Also applies to members. Festival of Cycling Parking only (£10). Also applies to members.
Festival of Cycling Free with standard Harewood entry. Tickets apply. Also applies to members. Tickets apply. Also applies to members.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 0113 218 1000.

Royal Appearance at Harewood for Le Grand Depart

Royal visit to Harewood

The Earl & Countess of Harewood are much looking forward to welcoming the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to Harewood. Harewood is the Official Ceremonial Start of the Tour de France and host of the Dare 2B Yorkshire Festival of Cycling on Saturday 5th July.

Their Royal Highnesses will briefly meet cyclists as they line up in front of Harewood House before they officially start the race.

“I’m delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are coming to Yorkshire for the Grand Depart and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming them to Harewood for the first time, for the Ceremonial Start and to visit our Festival of Cycling. I’m sure the many thousands who will be here will give them a wonderful Yorkshire welcome!”

David Lascelles, Earl of Harewood

Harewood is also hosting the Dare 2B Yorkshire Festival of Cycling, the biggest celebration of cycling Britain has ever seen and it is wonderful news that the Royal Party will be at Harewood for the launch of the Festival.

Over the weekend of Le Grand Depart the Dare 2B Yorkshire Festival of Cycling will welcome thousands of cycling fans and their families to a host of entertainment to celebrate this historic occasion. Events will include two fly pasts from the Red Arrows on the Saturday and a Spitfire, Hurricane and a Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Sunday 6th July.