Lotherton Hall is the lesser known of the three stately or historic homes in Leeds. It is situated near the city boundary near to Aberford, 13 miles from the city centre. Owned by the Gascoigne family from 1825, this Edwardian country house was donated to the city by the family in 1968. The house has extensive grounds containing a red deer park, children's play area and a large bird garden containing a huge variety of birds from the world over. The house has exhibitions of art and ceramics but it is chiefly noted for it's collections of costume, a reason to visit on its own. Entry is cheap as chips with a £1.50 concession rate, but the rates are being reviewed at this time. There is a cafe on site where home cooked food can be enjoyed, especially pleasant in the cobbled courtyard in fine weather. The grounds and bird garden are all wheelchair frindly, but as the house is on several levels, some access is restricted internally.