Lotherton Hall near Leeds

Although regular visitors to many of the Leeds council family day out landmarks, such as Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam, it was only recently we ventured to Lotherton Hall.

A combination of geography and the entrance fee prevented us from visiting; it was only when we moved near to the country house we made our first of many visits.

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Perhaps not as well known as the country parks and gardens nearer to Leeds city centre, the estate has a lot to offer and has quickly become one of our favourite places to meet family and friends.

There is a £6 adult entry price, however under 5’s are free and with family tickets, Leeds & Breeze Cards there are further discounts. We have paid for a year’s family membership which includes an additional family entry voucher and free parking. It only takes three visits to recoup the membership fee and we have found it to be really good value for money.

Park, Birds, Deer, Gardens, House, Gift Shop & Cafe

Lotherton Hall has something for everyone of all ages.

There are two play areas with swings, climbing frames, slides and zip wires accommodating babies through to adults trying to recapture their youth. M hasn’t tried the zip wires yet, but Mrs M has!

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Wildlife World is currently being developed from the existing bird garden featuring flamingos, owls and a terrifying giant black bird of pray –  all of which will soon be joined by penguins and forest mammals. I can’t think of many places where I have seen so many different types of birds, and despite being a regular visitor, it is always enjoyable with guests.

We haven’t made it to the Deer for a while now, as it is a little out of the way from the main house, but it is another impressive part of the experience, with uncompromised access from within the sheltered deer hide (brilliant for photography).

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There are several small gardens in the grounds; whilst of most interest to our more mature family members, the rock garden is brilliant for little explorers as were the giant pumpkins we spotted on our recent visit.

The Edwardian house itself is not as imposing as others in the area, but it is an interesting building to explore with many points of interest. It is the rain that usually inspires our visit inside the former military hospital, but more often than not, there are children’s activities that save Little M from being dragged around a stately home every week!

A Courtyard houses toilets, a few sheds housing old carts and the occasional dragon and the food court and gift shop. Food at Lotherton is its only weakness, in my opinion. It is expensive for what you get and there aren’t many choices. The children’s sandwich box is also chocolate and crisps, with limited healthy options. We always aim to take a picnic, which is also great for saving money. There is also a gift shop, but I try and avoid that as best I can!

With all the land to explore, parks and wildlife, there is enough for an enjoyable family day out – but that is only the start of it!

Events & Activities

Lotherton hall hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year.

Edwardian Christmas was a fabulously festive day out with carol singers performing in front of a huge Christmas tree in the historic house, children’s entertainers, wreath building, fancy dress and crafts with a seasonal walk.

Live Music has been performed over the summer weekends with Leeds Jazz Orchestra being a highlight of our recent visit.

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Harvest Weekend made us realise there was an orchard! Little M loved picking apples and then watching a juicing demonstration before we went home to bake lots of apples!

The Vintage Weekend was another highlight, with stalls, fashion, history and live music there was a real buzz around the place.

I could go on, as there seems to be something going on every weekend, which is what helps make every visit different.

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Lotheron Hall

As locals, our membership has paid for itself time and time again and being located just off the M1 it is easy to get too. Lotherton Hall is a fabulous outdoor place to visit for a play in the park or to explore family and friends of all ages. I am sure Little M and Baby A will grow up with fond memories of this charming house and country estate.

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  • Adventure Rating
  • Value for Money
  • Child Friendly
  • Adult Experience
4.2

Park, Birds, Deer, Gardens, House, Gift Shop & Cafe

Lotherton Hall near Leeds is perfect for family days, offering a range of activities and regular special events for all ages.

There is a little bit of magic about Lotherton Hall which ensures every visit is memorable and enjoyable.

1 comment

  1. Adam, this looks an amazing place, and like you said, one that will make memories for the kids to look back on fondly, I’m sure. I’d love to see an update after the penguins and forest mammals arrive. Also where is your photo of the terrifying bird of prey?!

    Thanks so much for joining #daysoutwithatoddler – as ever, you have had a wonderful day out. See you again soon.

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