There are many beautiful spots steeped in history and stately homes surrounding the city of Leeds.
They make for a great day out with the family and Lotherton, in Aberford, has something more to offer than most.
From Edwardian gardens to its own zoo, Lotherton Hall is just on the edge of Leeds and perfect for a day out over the summer holidays to keep the kids entertained.
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For the adults, there’s eight acres of stunning gardens, which also included a hall and chapel.
The gardens are series of enclosed spaces, from a walled garden filled with rose beds and plant walls to a rock space, containing winding sunken paths.
There is also a deer park with a deer hide, perfect for watching the red deer herd as well as an orchard with 109 varieties of trees.
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Visitors can also visit the hall and chapel, the buildings once owned and the home of the Gascoigne family.
Kept in pristine condition, it gives a taste of the lives of the upper class in the early 1900s.
Hidden inside to keep the kids busy, families can find the five ‘curiosity cabinets’ holding objects related to the history of the country home and there is also an area where kids can dress up as an Edwardian.
Flamingos at Lotherton
But one of Lotherton’s quirkiest aspects is their ‘Wildlife World’ containing Humboldt penguins, flamingos as well as tapir and capybara.
New introductions include maras, porcupines and hornbills who are all part of the Wildlife World’s breeding programme.
The stately home offers school trips too and is continuing to develop new areas to go along with its Coastal Zone and Forest Zone that stand in the original Bird Garden.
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It’s important to note current changes going on at the home.
From the beginning of this week, July 19, midweek booking is not required but it is highly recommended especially with the summer holidays fast approaching.
Penguins at Wildlife World
Wildlife World is currently undergoing essential maintenance and repairs so some of the animals have been temporarily moved.
However, despite the enclosures not being fully accessible, a separate visitor route has been set up so guests can still see most of the animals.