Visit Lotherton

Please note there are ongoing gas works taking place on Lotherton Lane and there is no through access.

Diversion: Travelling from Aberford, continue along Bunkers Hill to Collier Lane/B1217, turn left on to Collier Lane/B1217, after 0.4miles turn right into Lotherton.

Opening times

November to February
Hall and Wildlife World: 10am-4pm
Last entry to estate: 3.15pm

March to October
Hall and Wildlife World: 10am-5pm
Last entry to estate: 4.15pm


  • Adventure playground
  • Play area
  • Toilets
  • Baby change
  • Café
  • Education facilities
  • Picnic area
  • Shop

Prams, pushchairs and large bags

We kindly ask that prams, pushchairs, rucksack style baby carriers and bags larger than an A4 piece of paper are not brought into the hall.

Guided tours and availability

Guided tours are available daily, Jan to Feb at 11am and 2pm. The hall is open in February half term and upstairs is open on a seasonal basis from March to October.

Buy tickets online

Please note that online tickets must be purchased the day before entry.

(5 – 15 years)
Child under 5FREE
(2 adults, up to 3 children)
  • Adult
  • Child
    (5 – 15 years)
  • Child
    under 5
  • Family
    (2 adults, up to 3 children)

Buy tickets at the gate

Standard full price entry tickets are available to purchase at the gate.

TicketOn the GateLeedsCard LeedsCard Extra
Adult£8.30£6.60 £4.95
(5-15 years)
under 5
(2 adults, up to 3 children)
(pre-booked groups of 15 adults or more)
  • Adult
    On the Gate £8.30
    LeedsCard: £6.60
    LeedsCard Extra: £4.95
  • Child
    (5-15 years)
    On the Gate £4.15
    LeedsCard: £3.90
    LeedsCard Extra: £2.50
  • Child
    (under 5)
  • Family
    (2 adults, up to 3 children)
    On the Gate £25
    LeedsCard: £20
    LeedsCard Extra: £15
  • Groups
    (pre-booked groups of 15 adults or more)
    On the Gate £6
    LeedsCard: N/A
    LeedsCard Extra: N/A

Access information

We aim to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all our visitors and the widest possible access to our buildings, exhibitions and collections.

Situated just outside Aberford, the museum is approximately 12 miles from Leeds. It is 4 miles from the nearest train station at Garforth. Lotherton is a 20-25 minute walk from the nearest bus stop in Aberford, along a public highway with limited footpaths. A 180 meter long drive leads up to the entry kiosk.


Entrance to Lotherton is free for carers.


The House has ramped access. The entrance is manual, opening inwards with a clear opening space. There is a bell on the information panel if you require help to open the doors.

The Shop and Stables Café entrances are both level. The doors are both manual, opening inwards with clear opening spaces.

Accessible toilets

There is a Changing Places and accessible toilet in the Stables Courtyard, and there is an accessible toilet in the house and café.

Baby change

Baby changing facilities are available in the café, courtyard toilets and inside the house. There is also a baby feeding room in the house.

Disabled parking

There are several accessible parking spaces in the car park nearest to the House and Bird Garden. This car park is used as priority parking during the busier summer months. Access from the car park to the house and Wildlife World entrances is via fairly gradual uphill pathways.

Blind and partially sighted visitors

Guide and assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome to all areas except the house, Stables Café and bird garden, although guide and assistance dogs are welcome in the house. Dogs need to be kept on leads in the gardens and courtyard but are free to roam around the rest of the grounds if kept under control. Water and bowls are available in the courtyard.

Visitors with physical disabilities and wheelchair users

The House

A proportion of the house is fully accessible.

There is a lift in the house and almost all visitor areas, including the Fashion Galleries, are now fully accessible.

Due to the historic nature of the house and its displays, larger motorised wheelchairs and scooters cannot navigate the visitor route, so these aids are not permitted. Light wheelchairs are available to borrow for use in the house.

Some rooms on the first floor are accessed by a chair lift.

The School Room, used by pre-booked groups, is inaccessible to wheelchair users but equal alternatives are offered. Please discuss any access needs with the Learning and Access Officer when booking your visit.

There is seating around the house including folding seats, which are available for visitors to use.

Grounds and Wildlife World

The majority of the grounds, gardens and Wildlife World are fully accessible with total visibility from various viewpoints. Due to its historic design, the Edwardian Garden is not fully accessible to wheelchair users, but can be viewed from vantage points.

Manual and push wheelchairs may struggle on some of the gravel areas.

Wildlife World is fully accessible but some pathways are fairly steep and gravelled in parts.

The courtyard and Stables Café are fully accessible. Electric wheelchairs must be left outside of the café, shop and stables.

Borrow a wheelchair or mobility scooter

One manual wheelchair is are available from reception to use within the house. Unfortunately we cannot provide assistance to get around the house for wheelchair users. Another manual wheelchair is available from the Stables Café which can be used in the grounds.

Three mobility scooters are available from the welcome cabin to use on the estate which can be booked in advance.

Please email contact us in advance of your visit if you would like to discuss specific access needs.

Hearing impaired and deaf visitors

There are no induction loops at Lotherton.

Access provision for groups

There are areas within the House that are touch and handling friendly, particularly the Servants Rooms on the ground floor.

If a member or members of your group require access provision, please contact us at least six weeks in advance of your visit.​​


Lotherton estate is a member of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS). The VAQAS is a scheme which ensures high quality experiences at tourist attractions, including a commitment to respect the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 by making reasonable adjustments to improve service for disabled people.

Contact us

If you would like more information before your visit, please contact us:

Main desk and Learning and Access Officer

0113 378 2959
(10am - 4pm)



Lotherton Lane
Leeds LS25 3EB

Join as a member and enjoy Lotherton all year round, from spring time walks to picnics in the gardens and annual events.

Our range of membership packages offers visitors the flexibility to explore the estate and visit Lotherton throughout the seasons.

How to get here


Bus numbers 64 and 64A go to Aberford from Leeds city centre. There is then an approximate 20 – 30 minute walk along a public highway with limited footpaths.


The nearest train station is Garforth, located 4 miles away. Taxis are available from the station.


Admission includes parking charges. Please advise the welcome cabin staff if you accessible parking or any other access assistance.

Pay and display parking is available during off peak hours only, before 10am and after 3.15pm in the winter, 4.15pm in summer. The price is £2 per visit.

Assistance videos

Orientation film

What to expect from a visit to Lotherton.

Question setting

A short film that sets a question for schools or groups ahead of a visit.

Answer setting

A short film that schools or groups can watch after the visit to reflect.