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Victorian Harewood… with costumes

Earlier this month, I made the short trip to the delightfully charming Harewood House, only a ten minute drive from my hometown of Harrogate, to view a combined exhibition of Victorian Harewood (I hadn’t been aware that Princess Victoria visited Harewood House) displaying memorabilia from Queen Victoria, together with a number of costumes from the recent ITV drama.

The house is positively charming with the ground floor rooms open to the public showing off the beautiful grounds and gardens.  The special Victoria exhibition includes small items owned by Queen Victoria, including a sketch book.  There is also an exhibition of watercolours by Queen Victoria’s Lady-in-Waiting on display.

Finally, end your visit as we did by stepping below stairs, which is equally as fascinating, giving an opportunity to see how the house would run.  Whilst I would have preferred to remain firmly upstairs in Victorian England (enjoying the view from the spectacular terrace), I’m happy to view how the majority worked!  It gives a fascinating insight into the harsh realities of the working classes.

If you’re looking for an interesting distraction this sunny bank holiday weekend, I can highly recommend Harewood House and it’s gardens. The exhibition continues until 29 October 2017.

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