Wednesday 8 June – Friday 21 October 2022
11.15am – 12.15pm
This year brings a special opportunity to visit the private, family apartments of Harewood House, not usually open to the public.
Historically forming the ‘guest rooms’ of the House, the Private Apartments on the first floor have hosted artists, presidents, kings and queens for over 250 years, and have been used by generations of the Lascelles family since the 18th century. You will be guided around suites of rooms that are still in use by the 8th Earl and Countess, filled with a range of objects and artwork that reflect their family’s diverse interests and tastes. Works on display include those by both historic, modern and contemporary artists collected over the years, including Harewood’s famous collection of watercolours by JMW Turner and Thomas Girtin and historic family portraiture. Other items include works by 20th century artists such as Egon Schiele, MF Hussain and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, and 21st century additions to the collection by artists such as Susan Collins, Kate Whiteford and Chris Day.
Learn about the Apartments’ adaptations for modern life and use through the years, including a period as a hospital during the Second World War; and how the apartments now contribute to the educational charitable work of Harewood House Trust, which is wholly responsible for the care of the House, Collections and 140 acres of grounds and gardens.
The tour will also incorporate some of the best views in the House, looking down over the Terrace and wider ‘Capability’ Brown landscape.
Each tour will last approximately one hour. Please note that photography and large bags will not be permitted.
Tours will run at 11:15-12:15 on the following dates:
Wed 8- Sat 11 June
Sun 26-Wed 29 June
Thu 7-Sat 9 July
Sun 17-Tue 19 July
Wed 14-Sat 17 September
Sun 25-Wed 28 September
Fri 7-Mon 10 October
Thu 20-Fri 21 October
Tours will also run at 1pm, tickets can be purchased on the day at the main entrance of the House.
You must also have a day ticket to Harewood or a valid Membership, in addition to your Private Apartment Tour ticket.