Visitor information

Midweek booking to the estate is not required but is recommended. We do advise booking in advance for weekends, holidays and event days to ensure entry.

Members do not need to book unless attending at peak times (school holidays) or a ticketed event – The Christmas Experience.

To find out what we are doing to ensure you have a safe visit please see our Reopening FAQ page.

Visit information

Opening hours

Gates open: 8am
Hall: 10am – 12pm & 1 – 4pm
Wildlife World: 10am – 4pm

Gates locked: 6pm

Facilities

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

Contact

Phone:
0113 378 2959
(10am – 4pm)

Box Office (tickets):
0113 376 0318
(Tues – Sat, 12 – 5pm)

Email:
[email protected]

Reopening information

Find out what is open, how to book and what to expect when you arrive at Lotherton.

We regularly update this page with more information so please check back before you visit.

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.

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, Lotherton 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.

What3Words

What3Words is a location app which provides exact location points based on 3 metre squares. Every 3 metre square of the world has been given a unique combination of three words which can be shared with friends and family, emergency services and more to pinpoint locations easily.

We have provided What3Words locations for key areas of our attractions to help you navigate your visit.

Carers

Entrance to Lotherton is free for carers.

Entrances

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

Wildlife World has level access and automatic doors at the shop. There are doors throughout the zoo to separate the enclosures.

What3Words

Estate entrance: ///forge.minority.dispensed
House: ///tripods.pronouns.wades
Courtyard Shop: ///activates.glass.frost
Stables Café: ///blush.mush.lakeside
Wildlife World: ///glitz.nags.soulful

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. Dogs need to be kept on leads in the gardens and courtyard but are free to roam the rest of the grounds if well behaved and in sight. Water and bowls are available in the courtyard. You can find out more information about bringing your dog to Lotherton here.

Visitors with physical disabilities and wheelchair users

Lotherton Hall Museum

A proportion of the museum is fully accessible.

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

Due to the historic nature of the hall 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 museum 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 museum. 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 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.

Special Educational Needs and Access

Please visit our dedicated Special Educational Needs and Access page for more information about how we try to make Lotherton inclusive and accessible for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Access provision for groups

There are areas within Lotherton Hall Museum 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.​​

VAQAS

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)

Email

Post

Lotherton
Lotherton Lane
Aberford
Leeds LS25 3EB

Admission prices

Midweek booking is not required but is recommended. We do advise booking in advance for weekends, holidays and event days to ensure entry.

Members do not need to book unless attending a ticketed event.

TicketPriceLeedsCardLeedsCard ExtraBreezecard
Adult£8.75£7.00£5.25N/A
Junior
(5 – 18 years)
£4.40N/AN/A£3.50
Child under 5FREEN/AN/AN/A
Family
(2 adults, up to 3 children)
£26.25£21.00£15.75N/A
  • TICKET TYPE & PRICE
  • Adult
    £8.75
  • Junior
    (5 – 18 years)
    £4.40
  • Child
    under 5
    FREE
  • Family
    (2 adults, up to 3 children)
    £26.25
  • Adult LeedsCard
    £7.00
  • Adult LeedsCard Extra
    £5.25
  • Child Breezecard
    £3.50
  • Family LeedsCard
    (2 adults, up to 3 children)
    £21.00
  • Family LeedsCard Extra
    (2 adults, up to 3 children)
    £15.75

Admission to Lotherton is free to Lotherton Members, members of the Leeds Art Fund, Friends of Leeds City Museums, the Museums Association, the National Arts Collection Fund, Yorkshire’s Great Houses Castles and Garden card holders and MAX card holders.

Lotherton Membership

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

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.

Rail

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

Parking

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.

Dogs at Lotherton

Greyhound at Lotherton

We welcome dogs at Lotherton and have plenty of space for them to play, sniff and explore on the estate.

Our boundary trail, woodland and open parkland are great spots to stretch their legs and play fetch, or enjoy a more leisurely pace through the gardens.

If you are planning on bringing your dog for a walk we have more information on our dedicated dogs at Lotherton page.

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.

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