7 fun, must-see family days out in Leeds | A quick guide to the best things to do for day trips in Leeds, West Yorkshire

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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. There is a lot to do and see in Leeds, loads free, and it is a city we visit regularly with our toddler.

Here’s 7 quick things to do and days out ideas for your visit to Leeds.

1. Visit the free Royal Armouries museum and ride a free Leeds water taxi to and from Leeds dock

leeds water taxi must-see family days out in Leeds

The Royal Armouries museum is huge, the whole family will be entertained with a large collection of over 75,00 items. The museum has a long standing history dating back to the Middle Ages and is fascinating. Check the busy calendar of exhibitions and visit the Jesters Yard play area for kids.

To make your visit even more exciting, get to the museum by boat! Take a free Leeds water taxi to the Royal Armouries from Leeds dock. Fun!

2. Explore one of Europes largest parks for free, Roundhay park and see animals at Tropical World

roundhay park must-see family days out in Leeds

There’s 700 acres to explore at Roundhay park, all free of charge; more than you can fit in a day! In the park is Tropical World; an indoor zoo and wildlife park where you can see animals and enjoy rainforests.

Read about and watch our visit to Tropical World here.

3. See Harewood House and its beautiful 100 acre grounds 

harewood house must-see family days out in Leeds

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 

leeds city museum must-see family days out in Leeds

Free to visit and a must-see in Leeds city centre, this museum is a family favourite. Kids will love toddler town, the interactive galleries and the life on earth exhibition. There’s always events and activities going on so check before you go!

Read my blog on Leeds City Museum which includes a video tour

5. Step back in time at Kirkstall Abbey

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.

6. Go to the farm at Temple Newsam 

Temple Newsam is a Jacobean house with a large estate made up of woodlands, sports facilities and a children’s play park. The farm at Temple Newsam is one of Leeds best and is the largest rare breeds working farm in Europe. Families will enjoy seeing and learning about all the animals here at home farm.

Have you been to Leeds? There is so much to see, this is just a small selection! I recommend these two blogs for more information and days out in Leeds: Yorkshiretots and Leeds dad.

What do you like to do in Leeds?

Thanks for reading!

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