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 with our toddler. Read about our most recent trip here!
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
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!
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.
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. 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!
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.
What do you like to do in Leeds?
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