New direct bus to Lotherton Hall opens for business

Caption: A direct bus to Lotherton Hall will be running on a Thursday throughout the summer holidays.

A new direct bus to one of the city’s most popular visitor attractions is now available during the school holidays.

Beginning its journey every Thursday throughout the summer from Leeds city centre, families will be able to hop on to a Yorkshire Tiger Bus at a number of stops en route to the historic home of Lotherton Hall. Stops will include York Road Yorkshire Bank, Cross Gates, Swillington Common and Garforth Shops, where either single or return tickets can be purchased. A special all day ticket can also be bought, which provides the opportunity for people to ride any Yorkshire Tiger buses running in Leeds throughout the day.

Boasting a wealth of great things to both see and do, Lotherton Hall remains a fantastic place for visitors of all ages to visit. A relaxing walk on a new path in the grounds of the estate provides the chance to take in the sights of a deer park, learn more about all of the wildlife that live there, and enjoy other attractions including a bird garden, stables, gift shop and café.

Inside the magnificent house a range of rare items and collections and a new interactive area are also available, which explores the story of Lotherton’s most famous family, the Gascoignes, and their travels around the world from the 1700s onwards. Also featured in the house is a dressing-up room and a range of tactile interpretation cabinets.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"A visit to Lotherton Hall is always a memorable experience, and we hope that more people will have the chance to see what we have to offer by the introduction of a new direct bus which will run every Thursday throughout the summer holidays.

"We are extremely proud of the rare items and collections on display at Lotherton Hall, and with a new interactive area also recently introduced that tells the story of the famous Gascoigne family who lived in the house for many years, this really is something not to be missed."

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for the environment said:

"The Lotherton Hall estate is simply magnificent, and it is great news that a bus will be running direct to the house throughout the holidays.

"There really is something for all the family to enjoy on a quiet walk around the estate, which includes a lovely deer park, stables and bird garden."

Notes to editors:

Tiger Bus 401 departs from Leeds Bus Station (stand 7) at 9.25am on Thursdays throughout the summer holidays.

Pricing for the Lotherton Hall Yorkshire Tiger Bus is as follows:

Garforth shops - £1.60/£2.80 (single/return)

Swillington Common - £1.90/£3.40 (single/return)

Cross Gates - £2.20/£3.90 (single/return)

York Road Yorkshire Bank - £2.60/£4.40 (single/return)

Leeds City Centre - £3.00/£4.40 (single/return)

The £4.40 ticket is our day ticket which allows use on all Yorkshire Tiger buses that day, we run buses to Kirkstall, Horsforth, Yeadon, Armley, Pudsey, Shipley and Hunslet.

Lotherton Hall:

Lotherton Hall Estate is a charming Edwardian house and country estate. A single entrance price allows access to the house, with its wonderful collections of fine and decorative arts and a dedicated fashion gallery, and extensive grounds with an abundance of activities to keep everyone busy. Lotherton Hall has undergone numerous changes over the last few years since becoming one whole visitor attraction. With this new and larger audience the house has adapted by improving access and introducing a new range of family-friendly facilities. Other recent improvements have seen the re-opening of the Servants’ Rooms on the ground floor following a major restoration last year.

Lotherton Hall has been displaying fashion since its early days of being a museum in 1968, showing fine examples of both historic and more contemporary fashions.

Address: Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB

Tel: 0113 378 2959

Email: lotherton.hall@leeds.gov.uk

Web address: www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall

See our member’s page for year round entry: www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonmembers

Summer opening times (March to October) House, café, shop and bird garden: 10:00 to 17:00 with last entry at 16:15. Estate gates: 07:30 to 20:00.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk