Leeds is a vibrant and dynamic city and it provides a fabulous setting for a day out or weekend away. It is only an hours drive from central Manchester and offers something different and unique on every visit. From parks to animals to immersive cinema in an Abbey there is something for everyone here.
With amazing exhibitions and interactivity for all ages, this is a must see destination on any trip to Leeds. Leeds City Museum is free to enter and is located in the heart of the city. It has exhibitions dedicated to the city and a fantastic 'Toddler Town' for young children to explore and play. There is also a Museum Minis Trail, a free guide for toddlers to help them explore the museum! The Life on Earth gallery on the ground floor houses the Leeds tiger and lots of other amazing animals. They even have dress up costumes, a reading area and craft area in this space.
Additional information: Address: Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH
Opening hours: Monday closed, Tuesday to Friday 10:00am until 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:00am until 5:00pm
Kirkstall Abbey is one of Britain's most beautiful ruined abbeys. It is located in tranquil parkland on the banks of the River Aire and its stunning architecture is simply breath-taking. There is so much to explore, with events held regularly within the grounds, you will want to keep coming back for more. Sneaky Experience provide adventurous pop-up cinema screenings to audiences of all ages within the Abbey and these are great fun. The Fairies, Mermaids and Pirates event at Kirkstall Abbey was an action packed day out, with so much to see, do and explore.
Additional information: Address: Kirkstall Abbey, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH
Opening hours: Closed on Mondays, Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am until 4:30pm (April to September) and 10:00am until 4:00pm (October to March)
Tropical World is situated in Roundhay Park and provides an unforgettable journey through rainforest, mangroves, desert and the nocturnal world. It is a must see visit for all budding animal enthusiasts as it is home to lots of exciting and exotic animals. They have meerkats, monkeys, crocodiles, butterflies and so much more. The building itself is split up in to themed areas for you to explore. The rainforest floor, complete with a waterfall, is crawling with wildlife. There is also an aquarium and desert area where children can learn about the different animals found in these climates.
Picture taken from the Rainbow Factory Facebook page
Here you can discover the power of stories. The Rainbow Factory is a unique attraction that specialises in storytelling through the creative arts. This includes theatre, crafts and games that will delight children aged 10 and under. All activities are run by a talented team of performers and can include model-making, treasure hunts, silly science and slime-making! Step into a world of storytelling and a magical wonderland. Here you can watch original performances in the Enchanted Theatre, marvel at handmade models of storybook characters and meet their resident dragon.
Additional information: Address: Rainbow Factory, Unit 13C, Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, LS28 5LY
Opening hours: These vary and so you need to click here to see their events calendar
Picture taken from the Temple Newsam Facebook page
Temple Newsam is one of the finest historic houses in the region, with a rich history and links to royalty. It offers adventures for visitors of all ages. From miles of scenic paths and trails for horse riding and cycling to the fantastic playground, you'll find something new on every trip. The farm here is also worth visiting. It is an award winning rare breed conservation farm and is a great day out for families. You can get hands on with piglets, chicken and geese which run through the yard. On special event days enjoy traditional crafts, activities and demonstrations, such as butter making, bread-making, scone-making and blacksmithing.
Additional information: Address: Temple Newsam Road, Selby Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday - House 10:30am to 5:00pm, Farm 10:00am to 5:00pm