Lotherton Reopening Frequently Asked Questions

Lotherton Hall Museum

Why is the hall closed?

At the beginning of each year we close Lotherton hall museum to visitors and begin the thorough task of restoring the property and its objects to be ready to welcome visitors back in March. This gives us the chance to do a deep clean of all rooms and objects, which is essential to the conservation of the property.

Every three years the hall also undergoes a programme of redecoration which includes moving all display units, covering furniture, putting artworks into temporary storage, and removing some xx light fittings. Our collection of objects at Lotherton are cleaned, conserved, and moved during this time – some of which are put into storage, which we call a ‘rest period’. Objects which have been on display for some time start to show signs of light and temperature damage, and to stop degeneration of them they are put into specially designed storage either at Lotherton or at our central museum store, Leeds Discovery Centre.

The redecoration of Lotherton includes an extensive amount of restoration, including repairing plasterwork, painting of all walls and ceilings, and cleaning rugs, carpets, and original wooden flooring. Electrical, water and heating systems are also put through testing and sympathetically maintained in line with listed building requirements.

Are you doing tours?

We are unable to offer guided tours during this time whilst the hall is undergoing redecoration and conservation. It will reopen on 1 March with a brand-new community display running throughout the ground floor rooms; Homes of the Gascoignes will tell the stories of the four properties that the Gascoigne family owned across England, Ireland, and Scotland. From 1 April our Fashion Galleries will host ‘What Shall I Wear’, an exhibition exploring eveningwear through the ages.

Whilst in-person visits are not available, we will be sharing behind-the-scenes updates from our team and providing some new videos for visitors to watch online.

Are ticket prices reduced whilst the hall is closed?

Our ticket prices remain consistent throughout the year for general entry and any ticket sales from January and February support the continued conservation and development of Lotherton. From Spring onwards our programme of events is included in general admission*, along with a new display and exhibition in the hall, which is also included in your entry price.

We continue to monitor our ticket prices against similar local attractions and always aim to offer good value for our visitors.

*The Christmas Experience general entry is standard ticket price/free for members, but additional tickets are required for Santa visits and other activities outline on The Christmas Experience website.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Your visit

  • Please wear your face covering  in the shop, zoo and museum, unless you are exempt. You do not need to wear a face covering in the café unless you choose to.
  • Personal space is lovely. Please be mindful of this when moving around the estate.
  • Feel free to use the hand sanitiser provided, particularly when interacting with the displays.
  • You can still use our Track and Trace QR codes if you wish to do so. We advise you do to help keep everybody safe.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 10 days, please don’t visit and stay safe until you are well again.

Playgrounds

We are cleaning the equipment regularly and limiting visitor numbers to ensure that the play areas are used safely, in line with national guidance. We ask that visitors do not eat or drink near or in the playgrounds. Please remember to bring your own hand sanitizer and be courteous of others when using the playground equipment.

Dogs

Please ensure dogs are kept on a lead in designated areas and use the bins provided to dispose of dog waste.

Visit our dedicated dogs at Lotherton page for more information.

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If you have any questions regarding the information on this page please contact [email protected].

This page was updated on 21 January 2022.

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