We’re really fond of Tropical World, in Roundhay Park, Leeds. It’s good value for money, has cute fish (yep I just said that…) and a good variety of animals, it’s indoors so it’s warm making it perfect for colder months, and there’s soooo much to do in the area. It’s free under kids under 5. You can be there as long as you like, just spending a few hours or really make a whole day of it combined with the park. We’ve been a few times and have always had a good day. If you’re looking for something affordable and indoors to do in Yorkshire then here’s a good one to consider.6 Reasons Why You’ll Love Tropical World in Leeds
It’s small and you’ll probably be done in a few hours, but with it being right in Roundhay Park you can make a day of it by going over and exploring that. On weekends/school holidays there is a land train. Take your own food, or there is a cafe.
Since writing this blog post February 2017 we have been back three times. 🙂
6 Reasons Why You’ll Love Tropical World in Leeds
It’s only £6 an adult and under 5’s are free. Best of all, I do think it’s better suited to toddlers than older children as the place isn’t huge and there’s a lovely little indoor play area; so with it being free for under 5’s you really get good value for money.
It’s only one hour from Sheffield by car and easy to get to by public transport. Regular buses drop you off right outside Tropical World or at Roundhay Park from Leeds city centre.
There’s more to see than just fish. Tropical World is a zoo, not just an aquarium and there’s a variety of animals to see like Meerkats, Bats, Insects, Butterflies, Birds, Fish, Crocodiles and more. AND!! There’s a nemo and dory!
The layout is good… it’s a walk through, first starting with a dark room which then takes you into the big open tropical house. There are lots of animals to see here and fish in the ponds. After this there is more aquarium, with little rooms and more tanks (nemo & dory!) and an upstairs room. You can do the upstairs area here or after going into the waterfall room.
The upstairs area has reptiles, a spider/bug tank to stand inside (good size for toddlers), monkeys and more cute animals. Every time we go, there is something new to see there which is what I really like about it. It’s clean, modern and they take care of the place.
You can play at Tropical World. The indoor play area in the gift shop is small but cute and is a nice addition to the day. When we went we had fun with the crafts, tunnels and costume area. Across the road there is one of the many playgrounds in Roundhay Park. There is so much to see and do in Roundhay Park.
You can eat and shop. Tropical World has it’s own cafe, across the road is a nice pub and Roundhay Park is a perfect place for a picnic, or try the cafes there.
There’s so much to do in the area. You can really make a day of it by exploring Roundhay Park which is one of Europe’s largest parks. There’s many playgrounds, cafe, ponds/lakes, woodlands and open landscapes, and old castle ruins which I really recommend you find! Read about that here.
You can find Tropical World in Leeds at Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER.
3 Top Tips
In warmer months, take a picnic to Roundhay Park.
It’s really great option for the colder months and is a nice break from the park if you visit in winter.
Do take time to explore at Tropical world; it isn’t huge so you can take your time looking at everything and just enjoying your time there.