Days Out in and around North Leeds

Farms, Zoos & Aquariums near Leeds

Our Mumbler pick of the best places to see animals near North Leeds! Including farms, zoos and aquariums near Leeds.


Discover Lotherton, a country estate, historic hall and Wildlife World zoo.

The expansive grounds and gardens are lovely walking spots, with or without four-legged companions. Each season brings new surprises including wild garlic in the spring, a sea of colourful blooms in summer in the formal gardens and stunning autumnal colours later on in the year.

The two playgrounds mean there’s plenty of space for running about and letting off steam, with zip wires for older children to enjoy.

The evolving zoo, Wildlife World, is a real highlight and visitors can see the Humboldt penguins splash and swim in their pool. Other colourful characters include Arthur the tapir, porcupines and a flamboyance of pink flamingos. New for 2021 is the Nocturnal House with a kinkajou, armadillo and more!

To discover the history of the estate step inside the former home of the Gascoigne family and wander the rooms. A fascinating collection of artworks and objects fill each room and tell the story of its former residents and the community around them. The Museum is also home to an annually-changing exhibition on the first floor.

The traditional stables area courtyard is where you’ll find the Stables café serving a range of lunch options, cakes and ice creams.

To make the most of Lotherton there is an annual membership available which means regular trips, invitations to exclusive events and behind-the-scenes updates straight to your inbox.

All visitors, including members, require a timed ticket to visit the estate between 9am – 4pm, book online here. Children under 5 can visit for free.



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Here at Swithens Farm, we have a huge range of animals for you to see and interact with. Your little ones, and probably you also, will be happy as the pigs in muck as you get involved with feeding and learning about the care and husbandry on a real working farm. We have a whole host of stars for you to meet including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, emus, meerkats, turtles, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our cheeky long-time friend Bilbo. He is likely to race you up the paddocks! A truly up close and hands-on experience. A fun day for all.

Open Tuesday to Sunday in term time and Monday to Sunday in the school holidays and on bank holidays, 10 till 4.

Farm Admission Price £7 per person, 2 and under go free. You can even buy a tub of carrots for 50p and feed the animals as you go round. Tubs are recycled daily, helping the environment.  You can buy your tickets online using the Tickets tab at the top of the page. Farm entry is strictly Pre-paid tickets only due to the current covid-19 situation.

We are adhering fully with the current covid-19 rules which includes social distancing, plenty of hand washing and hand gel stations. For the moment the café is take out only and we have an outside marquee for you to sit and enjoy your takeout.

Our soft play area is currently closed due to the covid restrictions. It is normally open 10 till 4 when the farm is open. Admission is £3 per child up to 10 years old. Adults are free.


0113 282 8828


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Covid Update: House, Farm Playground now open.  Pre-booking for House and Farm required, find more details here museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/temple-newsam/visit/temple-newsam-reopening-information/

Explore Temple Newsam house, enjoy a picnic in the grounds, have fun in the adventure playground or meet the animals on the farm. Don’t miss the special school holiday and seasonal events throughout the year. Accessible site. Cafe & toilets facilities.

House Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am -4pm, Home Farm, Daily, 10am-5pm (closed on Mondays during term time and bank holidays)

Admission charge for house & farm. Pre-booking now required.

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Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds, LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7461.



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Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park

A brand new visitor attraction in the beautiful historic arboretum at Askham Bryan College.

Visitors can see amazing animals from lemurs, raccoons and meerkats to snakes and spiders.
The Wildlife of the World corridor takes you on a journey around the globe; from a local rockpool to the Amazon jungle.

Café/picnic areas. Open weekends &holidays: 10.00am – 5.00pm (Last Entry 4.00pm)

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR. Tel: 01904 772270

Beetle Bank Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary

Farm, Wildlife Sanctuary, Play Area, Sandpit, Café.

 I have been twice with my 22 month old and she loves it. Can feed the animals and pet some, play in the sand pit & bouncy castle and there are swings and climbing frames too. Well worth a visit in my opinion.” SR recommended 2017

“We had a great time at the family run farm which had a climbing area, sandpit, football nets, inflatables, including an inflatable cow you could milk, all with the added bonus that we could sit and see the children on most things, it was very secure.” AW recommended 2017

“My 3 year old loves it – lots to do and it’s great as a parent as you can see it all from one place, so good if your watching more than one. Small cafe does lovely food but plenty of picnic tables if you want to take your own food. There’s also an indoor education room with colouring, jigsaws and books if it comes a shower.” LH recommended 2017

Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, York, YO19 5XD. Tel: 01904 488796

Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm

A real working farm which allows people to learn about all things farming and countryside.

Offers spacious indoor and outdoor play areas, a café serving home cooked food and cakes, outdoor viewing areas to see the animals and an indoor petting barn with a large variety of friendly animals.

Term time weekly “Little Farmer” sessions and themed school holiday events.

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Fiddlers Green, Brimham Rocks Road, Harrogate, HG3 3HB. Tel: 01423 779759

Cannon Hall Farm

The perfect family day out in the pennine hills with hundreds of animals – including a milking parlour,  an amazing adventure playground, huge indoor play, farm shop and restaurants. The family favourites are the Sheep and Ferret racing and the tube maze! Open daily, special events throughout the year. Accessible site. Admission charges apply.

Bark House Lane, Hawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT. Tel: 01226 790427.

Charlotte’s Jersey Ice Cream Parlour

Not just an ice cream parlour, Charlotte’s offers farm animals, a play area, outdoor seating and even a crazy golf course!

The Meadows, Whitley, WF12 0NQ

Child Friendly Leeds City Centre Map

Child Friendly Leeds have been consulting with children and young people in Leeds to find out what they would like to see on a city centre map. They have helped to co-produce an amazing map with lots of useful features and activities to do in our amazing city!

Child Friendly Leeds City Centre Map

Creepy Crawlies at The Web Adventure Park

Huge play centre, outside park with water play, sand and animals! High ropes courses! Whatever the weather whatever the age! Indoor play centre, outdoor petting farm and park, high ropes course, nursery, hair salon…and growing!

Web Adventure Park, Creepy Crawlies, Wigginton Road YO32 2RH York, UK. Tel: 01904 692221

Flamingo Land Zoo & Conservation Park

The UK’s most visited zoo (Visit England) with 140 species and all the kids’ favourites in the Muddy Duck Farm collection.  You can enjoy a truly amazing view of the animal kingdom in the heart of North Yorkshire. What’s more, with regular handling sessions and talks by zoo keepers, there’s sure to be something that’ll capture your imagination.

The zoo is also open on certain dates throughout the winter season when the Theme Park shuts

Flamingo Land Resort, Malton, YO17 6UX. Tel: 0800 408 8840

Harewood House

Harewood’s Grounds, Gardens and Bird Garden is officially reopened to the general public. Slots will be released every Thursday evening for the following week until guidance around capacity and social distancing alters.

All visitors (including under 5s) will need to pre-book tickets.

The Courtyard Café will be open with a takeaway service. All the toilets in the Grounds and Gardens will be open with a queuing capacity in place. There are also additional hand washing facilities around key areas of the site, and hand sanitisation stations at regular intervals around the site.  More details can be found here harewood.org/visit/welcome-back/faqs/

Hesketh Farm at Bolton Abbey

Hesketh Farm Park is set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.  As Dales’ weather can be unpredictable they have a large cosy, undercover barn. There’s loads to do including feeding and stroking the animals, having fun in the giant sandpit or playing hide and seek  in the straw maze. They have a small cafe and they also host parties.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6HA. Tel: 01756 710444

Hope Pastures – Horse & Donkey Trust

Hope Pastures rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys. They also provide the opportunity for people to meet the animals and learn about them and how to look after them. They  hold pony days, birthday parties and pony 1:1s and family fun.

You can visit everyday free of charge 10am to 3pm (2pm in Winter).The visitor centre is open at weekends and bank holidays providing refreshments.

Hope Pastures, Weetwood Lane, Leeds LS16 5PH. Tel: 0113 261 4344

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is a working farm with a wide variety of animals, market gardens and woodland walks. Also visit the cafe, farm shop, and adventure play area for under 12’s. Accessible site, toilet facilities. Open daily, small admission charge. 

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Lane,LS7 2QG. Tel: 0113 262 9759

Minskip Farm Shop Alpaca Experience

Spend one-on-one time with our amazing Alpacas during the school holidays! Book a session with your family or friends (maximum of 4 people), and you will have the opportunity to spend time with our four alpacas – two Mums and their little babies!

Recommended age 5+ years.

Minskip Road, Boroughbridge, York, YO51 9HY. Tel: 01423 329063

Monk Park Farm – Thirsk

Monk Park Farm Park Visitor Centre is located near Thirsk in North Yorkshire and is in the heart of Herriot Country and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. This wonderful Children’s Farm is one of Yorkshire’s best Places to Visit .

Green Lane, Bagby, Thirsk, YO7 2AG. Tel: 01845 42 11 24

Email: eyup@monkparkfarm.co.uk

None Go By Farm – Horsforth

** Indoor play area will re-open in June 2021**

A family run farm, providing an excellent farm shop.  You can take a walk around the outside animal area and feed the animals (charge applies), they even have Alpacas!.   There is also an indoor sandpit and small play area with ride-ons and Little Tikes slide etc for children.  There is lots of free parking and a special picnic area.

Animal opening times Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sundays and Mondays 10am-3pm.

None Go Bye Farm Shop, Otley Old Rd, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5HZ. Tel:0113 284 2206

Piglets Adventure Farm

Re-opening 12th April

Indoor, Outdoor & Animal Fun! Fantastic family day out nr York.

Things to see and do:
Animal Petting Barn, Animal Farm Trail, Bouncing Pillows, Crazy Farm Golf, Olympigs Obstacle Course, Ride-on-Tractors, Tractor and Trailor Rides, Maize Maze (seasonal), Build ‘n Play Sand Pit,
Barrel Train Ride, Pedal Go-Carts, Nature Trail, Truffles Trough, Cafe, Kiddie-bine, Farmyard, Playground

Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST

Rodley Nature Reserve

Covid Update: Currently open Wednesday and Saturdays 1-5pm

Rodley Nature Reserve is designed to bring wetland wildlife back into the Leeds area.

Lots of activities for families: quiz trail guide, pond dipping (April – Oct), mini beast hunt, bird watching, moth trapping….and if the weather should spoil itself colouring sheets and quizzes are available in the Education Room at the Visitor Centre.

The Visitor Centre is open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and most Bank Holidays from 10am until 4pm.

Rodley Nature Reserve, Moss Bridge Road, Rodley, Leeds LS13 1HP. Tel:  0113 2040441

 

RSPB Fairburn Ings

With pond dipping, regular fun events and walks to help you get away from it all, RSPB Fairburn Ings is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife. Visitor centre open daily except Christmas day. Small parking charge. Accessible paths. Shop, snacks & toilet facilities.

Fairburn Ings, Castleford, WF10 2BH. Tel: 01977 628191

The Deep – Hull

The Donkey Sanctuary – Leeds

Meet the wonderful team of donkeys – they love to meet new people and you can discover their unique characters and stories. They have a good value cafe,great play area inside and out .  Themed events run throughout the year including grooming days and interactive sessions

Open 365 days a year from 9am until dusk. Admission and parking are free.

Swan Lane, Off Blackball Lane, Eccup, Leeds, LS16 8AZ Tel: 0113 261 9249

 

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a unique walk through wildlife park located just outside Doncaster. The wildlife attraction brings families face to face  with some of the world’s most beautiful – and at risk – species. Indoor and outdoor play area offers a fun filled day whatever the weather. Open daily, special events throughout the year. Accessible site. Admission charges apply.

Tongue Ln, Branton, Old Cantley, Doncaster DN4 6TB. Tel 01302 535057

 

Thornton Hall Farm Country Park

Experience hands on animal encounters on a traditional working farm, hitch a ride in a 4 x 4 Adventure Experience and relax in the country tearoom while the little ones burn off the remainder of their energy in our huge fun filled Wizzick Play Barn… a fun filled, informative family day out, RAIN OR SHINE!

Thornton-in-Craven, near Skipton North Yorkshire, BD23 3TS. Tel: 01282 841148

Tropical World

Journey through Tropical World’s various exotic and interesting zones. Take a trek through the rainforest, desert, aquarium and waterfall areas and see some fascinating animals and creatures along the way including butterflies, crocodiles, rare birds, meerkats and many many more!

Tropical World will be open daily 10am to 4pm with last entry at 3.30pm. Online advance booking is preferred.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE.

 

York Bird of Prey Centre

The York bird of prey centre is at the back of burn hall hotel and is in huby. YO621JB. There’s eagles, owls and some owls to hold and stroke. Cafe, toilets and baby change. Trampolines, slide, small bouncy castle. Deer wandering to stroke. Bird show and donkey petting.

01347 833214

Yorkshire Museum of Farming

The Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton, a thriving 16 acre site with events and activities throughout the year. Also Danelaw Living History, Derwent Valley Light Railway, Nature Trail, Livestock, Playground.
CLOSED FROM 1ST NOVEMBER UNTIL EASTER(Except for Santa Specials)
York YO19 5GH Tel.01904 489966

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