Leeds is a great option for a quick city break in Yorkshire for families. From Sheffield, Leeds is quick to get to by car in under an hour and local trains cost less than £10 return making it easy to get to. We love it for a day trip! There is a lot to do and see in Leeds, loads free, and it is a city we visit regularly for a fun day out. Top 7 Things To Do With Kids in Leeds
Top 7 Things To Do With Kids in Leeds
1. Ride a free Leeds water taxi to and from Leeds dock
We love this water taxi and it’s such a novelty for kids. Ride the free Leeds water taxi to the Royal Armouries from Leeds dock and back again! Fun! We usually stop off at the museum for a picnic and look around, then hop back on again. The driver takes donations and will help you take a buggy on board. More info here.
The water taxi from Leeds Docks sails to Royal Armouries museum is huge with a large collection of over 75,00 items. The museum has a long standing history dating back to the Middle Ages. Check the busy calendar of exhibitions.
2. Explore one of Europes largest parks for free, Roundhay park and see animals at Tropical World
There’s 700 acres to explore at Roundhay park, all free of charge; more than you can fit in a day! Multiple play areas and things to find. Plus a cafe and a land train. And an old castle to explore!
In the park is Tropical World; an indoor zoo and wildlife park where you can see animals and enjoy rainforests. The prices are reasonable and it’s a nice stop on a rainy day.
3. See Harewood House and its beautiful 100 acre grounds
This stately home built in the 18th century is situated on the outskirts of Leeds. Kids will love the adventure playground, bird garden and exquisite gardens to play in. The award winning grounds are beautiful with plants from all over the world. My favourite is the Himalayan garden.
4. Have loads of fun at Leeds City Museum
Free to visit and a must-see in Leeds city centre, this museum is a family favourite. Leeds City Museum have just won the Museum For Kids award in 2018!
Kids will love playing in toddler town play area, getting hands on in the interactive galleries and seeing animals in the the life on earth exhibition. There’s always events and activities going on so check before you go! The temporary exhibition changes throughout the year and is always interactive for children. Read 5 reasons why you’ll love Leeds City Museum here.
5. Step back in time at Kirkstall Abbey & visit Abbey House Museum
In north-west Leeds, Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined monastery at only 3 miles from the city centre. Very picturesque and set on historic parkland, Kirkstall Abbey makes a lovely picnic spot. In the gatehouse of the abbey is Abbey House museum with old Victorian streets, childhood gallery, history of Kirkstall Abbey and more. We really liked it and thought it was so pretty!
6. Try a day trip
Leeds is a great location in Yorkshire for an overnight stay, with lots to do in the area and good transport links. We usually stay overnight for this reason. You could easily combine your trip with a day out in Bradford (Media Museum), Halifax for Eureka!, Stockeld Park, Wakefield, Harrogate and Salts Mill.
And more to visit in/near Leeds…
- Diggerland Yorkshire
- Temple Newsam (review of the farm here)
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