Days Out North Leeds

Farms, Zoos & Aquariums

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Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm

Nestled just below the Iconic Brimham Rocks on the southern fringe of the Nidderdale AONB, is Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm.

A real working farm which allows people through the farm gate to learn about all things farming and countryside.
Although the farm has only been open to visitors a short while it’s not a new venture for the farming couple behind it; it’s an extension of their commitment to connecting farming and education.

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

We are open Wednesday to Sunday term time in accordance with NYCC dates and 7 days during the school holidays.

We offer term time weekly “Little Farmer” Sessions on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings from 10.30am -12.30pm designed for toddlers, allowing them to meet the animals, do a craft, have story time, snack and more.

We have themed fun educational activities each half term. This can be anything from sowing and growing your own fruit and flowers to wild bird feed making.

It’s always worth checking our Facebook page for up to date information.

Reviews from 2018

“Great value for money.”

“Lots to do, children are entertained for hours.”

“Reasonably priced café & gifts shop.”

Read the Mumbler review here.

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

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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

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Harewood House

Harewood sits within easy access of the vibrant cities of Leeds and York, yet in the heart of beautiful Yorkshire scenery and ‘Capability’ Brown landscape. One of the Treasure Houses of England, Harewood House is surrounded by over 120 acres of gardens and parkland, with lakeside walks, an impressive Walled Garden and a collection of rare birds and plant species.

Much loved by families, Harewood’s playground appeals to all ages, with different stages to suit children as they develop, and within a stone’s throw of the Courtyard Café and of course the beloved penguins. A farm experience and Bird Garden has much to discover, with species including pot-bellied pigs and Alpacas, whilst the adventurous will always find themselves drawn to the stepping stones of the Himalayan Garden, where they can challenge their parents and grandparents to cross the stream and hide amongst the lush vegetation. A Ferry launched last summer ensures that little legs can have a rest and take time to get further round, perhaps to the picnic area and pop-up Horsebox café just outside the Walled Garden.

The House has a fascinating past, built as a showhome in the 1760s by the finest craftsmen of the time and a royal household in the 1930s when Princess Mary, Queen Elizabeth’s aunt, married Viscount Lascelles, a wealthy landowner. There is plenty to discover in and around the House, from the Curiosity Cabin just outside, where young families can learn and play together, to handling baskets and child-friendly house trails inside. End a visit with a pause in the secondhand bookshop run by friendly volunteers and it’s a full day for families to enjoy at Harewood.

Find out more at

Twitter/Insta/Facebook @HarewoodHouse

Open March – October.

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG. Tel: 0113 218 1010. (Accessible by the No 36 bus from Leeds)

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Piglets Adventure Farm

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The Deep – Hull

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Tropical World – Roundhay

Tropical World 2019 North Leeds Mumbler

Tropical World offers a unique opportunity to explore the jungle, desert, nocturnal and aquatic habitats with plants and animals such as crocodiles, butterflies, bats, snakes and a gorgeous family of meerkats!

One of Tropical World’s most loved zones is the butterfly house where you are able to witness first-hand their fascinating life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly. There are between 20 and 30 species of butterflies at Tropical World including Owl Butterflies which can grow up to 20cm – the same size as a large dinner plate!

You can really get up close and personal with all the inhabitants of Tropical World which makes it a fantastic immersive experience. With such a large variety of exciting and exotic animals to discover and learn about, Tropical World is a fun and educational day out for all the family.

Once you have finished exploring all there is on offer at Tropical World, you can grab a bite to eat and drink in the café which has a variety of hot and cold refreshments on offer.

For more details visit the Tropical World website or Facebook Page.

Booking advised.

Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER. Tel: 0113 237 0754

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

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.

Creepy Crawlies – York

A huge and fantastic soft play area situated on the outskirts of York. There is a bright and airy main play frame with a 4 slide racer, a disco area, separate areas for babies and toddlers and football/ride-on area. Café and a huge outdoor area with petting farm, sand pit and water play.

The Animal Zone is situated in the outside park (included in your admission fee) and has lots of cute animals including chipmunks, goats, pot-bellied pigs, chickens, rabbits and more.

Open 7 days a week, parking onsite.

Wiggington Road, York. YO32 2RH. 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

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

Lotherton Hall

Enjoy a fantastic day out at Lotherton Hall, a charming Edwardian house and country estate with extensive grounds, bird garden zoo, Red Deer Park, nature trails, gardens, café, shop and two children’s play areas. Themed events run throughout the year. Accessible site. Admission fee applies. 

Lotherton Hall, Collier Lane, Aberford, LS25 3EB. Tel: 0113 378 2959.

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

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 597730

None Go By Farm – Horsforth

A family run farm, providing an excellent farm shop stocked with our own renowned meats, and you can take a walk around our outside animal area or visit the pigs, rabbits and other animals inside the barn. We have a large indoor sandpit and small play area for children.  There is lots of free parking and a special picnic area.

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

Rodley Nature Reserve

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

Swithens Farm

A friendly place with a focus on families, fun and fabulous fresh food! Open farm, play barn, cafe, farm shop & butcher’s. Great kids parties and special holiday events too. Find more information online or call 0113 282 8828.  Closed Mondays.

Swithen’s Lane, Rothwell, Leeds LS26 0BT. Tel: 0113 282 8828

Temple Newsam House and Farm

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. Open Tuesday-Sunday. Admission charge for house & farm.

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

The Barn, Yeadon

Open daily, The Barn is a great place for all the family to come and enjoy fun activities, indoor and outdoor and great home-cooked food in the café.

With all sorts of different events on weekly and monthly to keep the kids entertained,  it is a great place to meet other mums/dads for cake and coffee!

The Barn, Emsley’s Farm, Warm Lane Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7DW. Tel: 07903 790592

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

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.
York YO19 5GH Tel.01904 489966