Days Out in and around North Leeds

Free Days Out & Things to do with kids in Leeds

Free things to do, days out and places to visit with kids in and around Leeds, West Yorkshire. Below you’ll find listings for lots of kids & family activities around Leeds which are all free (or less than £10).

 


Explore one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire, Kirkstall Abbey boast historic architecture amid a haven of wildlife and greenery.

Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre tells you more about the lives of the 12th century monks and contains the touch table, a unique catalogue of images of the abbey from the 18th century to the present day.

Family activities and trails are run throughout the year from the Visitor Centre check out the website for more details. Visit the shop and have the opportunity to buy unique and bespoke products.

Kirkstall Abbey is directly across the road from Abbey House Museum, this is a great opportunity to make a day out for all the family.

Markets are held at the end of each month March – October, showcasing local producers, makers and creatives in the beautiful setting of the abbey cloister.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE WEBSITE
Kirkstall , Leeds , LS5 3EH Tel: 0113 3784079


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Leeds Art Gallery reopened its doors (Autumn 2017) following the extensive refurbishment of the original Victorian roof and renovation of the Central Court. For the first time in a generation, visitors can see the stunning glass ceiling that has been transformed into a new gallery.

FREE ENTRY AND NO BOOKING NEEDED.

Find out more information about your visits here.

Family friendly workshops run throughout the year.

The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA. Tel: 0113 247 8256.



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Located in the heart of the city, Leeds City Museum is a treasure trove of six galleries and home to the Leeds Tiger and Nesaymun, the Ancient Egyptian Mummy.

Discover the natural world in the Life on Earth gallery with centuries-old fossils, extinct animal bones and stunning specifies from around the world. The Collector’s Cabinet holds some of our more curious objects and how they came to Leeds from the 1700s to the present day. You can also explore different cultures from across the globe inside the World View gallery.

On the first floor of the Museum you will find the Leeds Story galleries, telling the history of our city from the very first archaeological finds to incredible inventions and how Leeds has been shaped throughout the years. In here you will also find our regularly changing community displays which are co-curated with different groups of people.

The Ancient Worlds gallery tells the story of ancient civilisations including Rome, Greece and Egypt. Find out the amazing ways in which people lived and worked, the stories they told through art and objects, and how their discoveries informed our view of the world today.

The Museum also has a relaxing café serving a great range of good value food and drinks to enjoy.

Read more on the website here.

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH. Tel: 0113 378 5001



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Love Exploring is a NEW, FREE fun way for families to get active and explore their local area.

Dinosaur Safaris are available in parks across the city and along the Leeds waterfront; it’s an augmented reality (AR) game where you encounter life-like Dinosaurs along the route that roar and swish their tails so you can take and share photos of the family with them.

Simply download the Love Exploring app onto your smartphone and select Leeds; then click on the local trail or game you want to start and you’re off!

The map on your smartphone will guide you to the nearest dinosaur, you’ll get an alert when you are close, then view it on your screen and take a photo to remember your fun day out! There’s even a dinosaur quiz to play, so you can test your knowledge of the Jurassic age.

As well as the Dinosaur Safaris, there are other well-loved walking trails; discover the Street Art Trail in the city centre or relax and unwind on one of trails in Roundhay Park.

Find out more and download the app here


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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.

CLICK HERE to read more and book tickets

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



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Our exhibition ‘Through Our Eyes’ is an interactive, multi-media exhibition following the lives of sixteen Holocaust survivors and child refugees who made new lives in Yorkshire. Visitors will see poignant personal photos of the survivors and their families and their original artefacts and documents, together with an original prisoner uniform and other artefacts from the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora. The survivors tell their stories of discrimination, persecution, escape, hiding, ghettos, forced labour, concentration camps and liberation through filmed testimony on six interactive touchscreens. Text and images put their experiences in context, supported by animated maps and an immersive audio-visual experience driven by survivor testimony.  There is a reflective space at the end of the exhibition where visitors can find out about the survivors’ experiences of rebuilding their lives in the UK and explore a digital memorial to local families.

The exhibition is suitable for those over 10 years of age. For those studying the Holocaust or interested in local and global history the exhibition is a must-see.

From the 28th July we will be open every Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 5pm. Entry is free but please be aware masks are mandatory unless medically exempt. We will also have activities available for children to take around the exhibition to help grow their understanding.


01484 365301
helc@hud.ac.uk
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Aeroplane Watching at Leeds Bradford Airport – Multiflight Cafe/Yeadon Tarn/Hawthorne Farm

Bebra Gardens – Knaresborough

Bebra Gardens is open all year round, 24 hours a day. The paddling pool is open from Spring Bank Holiday (at the end of May) to the first week in September.

All-day parking at Waterside Car Park, HG5 8DF, the gardens are sign posted from there.

Breeze in the Park

Get caught up in sun, fun, chills and thrills with, a new interactive play system, revamped arts zone, fun fair, food and, of course, our classic inflatables. All at a Breeze In The Park near you.

Booking is essential! Admission is free with a £1.50 booking fee.

All events are funded by local Community Committees

BOOK TICKETS FOR YOUR LOCAL PARK HERE

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

Clifton Park, Rotherham

Clifton Park in the heart of Rotherham is a wonderful place for the whole family. With parks, gardens and sport, rides and games and even an amazing museum, Clifton Park has everything you could need for the perfect day out!

Clifton Park has 2 car parks:

  • Clifton Park, Doncaster Road, Rotherham, South Yorks, S65 2BH
  • Clifton Park, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, South Yorks, S65 2AA

Curious about Leeds

Have fun (re-)discovering Leeds, spotting things you’ve never noticed before, with two quirky treasure hunt style heritage walks – a safe, fun and affordable way to get some fresh air. Visit our website to buy in printed booklet or instant download format, using code Mumbler20 for 20% off all purchases.

READ OUR MUMBLER REVIEW HERE

Dalby the Great Yorkshire Forest

Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover, including the Grand Father Oak play area for children, family BBQ and picnic areas, adrenalin activities for the thrill seekers and walking and cycling trails for all.

Admission free, just pay to park (£9 per car)

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT. Tel: 01751 460295.

Elscar Heritage Railway

Elsecar Heritage Railway is South Yorkshire’s only Heritage Railway. Currently operating on a one mile section of track, passengers are pulled by a selection of steam and diesel engines, with a variety of coaching stock.

Run entirely by a team volunteers, the main operating day is a Sunday. Day ticket prices are £5 adult, £4 concessions and £2.50 children (3-16)
(Different prices may occur for special events)

The Railway Office, Wath Road, Elscar, Barnsley S74 8HJ. Tel: 01226 746746

Eureka

Eureka! is a unique place for families to visit, where children aged 0 to 11 are inspired to learn all about themselves and the world around them by playing, imagining, experimenting and – above all – having fun. Accessible site. Cafe, toilet facilities & shop.

Closed Monday’s Term Time, check website opening times before visiting.

Eureka, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE. Tel: 01422 330069

Friends of Roundhay Park Children’s Adventure Trails

roundhay-park-trailFriends of Roundhay Park (FORP) FREE adventure trails in Roundhay Park have been designed by local children!   

The trials are free to use by all park visitors, with clue sheets being accessible in the Lakeside Cafe, Tropical World and the Mansion art gallery. You can also download the trail sheets here forp.org/little-friends-trails/

There are two trails, the first is an imagination trail called The Magical Fountains of Roundhay and is aimed at under 6s.

Designed for pre-schoolers this trail route is fully accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.  The route is split into 3 sections (ranging from 1km -1.5km in length) which can all be done together or split over several visits – children will need your help to read and understand what to do.  Imaginations at the ready

The second is an adventure trial where older children (6+) have to solve The Secret of Roundhay Castle by undertaking various tasks.

Designed for children of ages 6 and older, this trail is longer and more challenging.  The route is split into 3 sections (ranging from 1.5km – 2.5km in length) which can be done together or split over several visits.

FORP are encouraging children to undertake the trail and upload a photo to social media with the hashtag #littlefriendstrails. The answer sheets, certificates of completion and further information can be found on the FORP website – forp.org/little-friends-trails

Golden Acre Park

This popular park is renowned for its wonderful gardens, popular tea rooms and circular lakeside walk. Ideal for a family walk, scooter/pushchair friendly (on paths) and a great place to feed the ducks, play ball games and have a picnic

Off Arthington Road, Bramhope, Leeds LS16 8BQ Tel: 0113 261 0374

Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld

Hemsworth Water Park has two lakes; the largest lake is available for pedalo rides and has sandy beaches; the smallest lake is in a more secluded area to attract wildlife. There are also plenty of grassed areas for picnics and games.

Playworld is an outdoor adventure playground within the Water Park and is suitable for children of all ages with a tower slide, climbing frames, toddler’s sandpit area.

Hoyle Mill Road, Kinsley, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 5JB

Knaresborough Castle and Museum

Explore the remains of the King’s Tower with its eerie dungeon and climb the winding staircase to the upper chamber. Stroll around the castle grounds, following the information signboards, and enjoy the stunning view down to the river Nidd. You are welcome to picnic in the castle grounds.

The Castle grounds are open all year round, 24 hours a day. The Castle and Museum are open to visitors from Easter to September.

Castle Yard, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 8AS. Tel: 01423 556188

Leeds City Centre Holiday Jurassic Trail

FIND THE LARGE ANIMATRONIC DINOSAURS ACROSS THE CITY – BEFORE THEY FIND YOU!

Saturday 24th July – Sunday 12th September

Collect your free Leeds Jurassic 2 Trail map and find the 13 large animatronic dinosaurs across the city. Prizes available for the best photographs and for catching as many dinosaurs as you can using the Leeds Jurassic Trail app!

VISIT THE WEBSITE HERE

FREE Event.

Leeds City Centre.

National Railway Museum – York

Discover 300 years of history and over 1 million objects that changed the world in the UK’s largest railway museum. Explore opulent carriages of the royal family including Queen Victoria and her ‘Palace on Wheels’ in Station Hall. Watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, discover previously unseen artwork, papers, reports, photographs, and small artefacts at the Search Engine research centre and blow off some steam in both the indoor and outdoor play area.

Opening times: 10am – 5pm daily. Closed 24, 25, 26th December.

Free Entry

NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

National Science & Media Museum – Bradford

Explore the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. The museum aims to inspire our scientists and engineers of the future to see more, hear more, think more and do more.

The galleries and exhibition spaces help illuminate world-famous collections in photography, film and television and the team of Explainers create learning activities that fuel the imagination.

Three cinema screens—including an IMAX theatre—showcase the magic of moving images

Little Horton Lane, Bradford,  BD1 1NQ. Tel: 0844 856 3797

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

Ride the water taxi in Leeds City Centre

A little known, and very scenic, route from Granary Wharf to Leeds Dock.  Jump on board one of the yellow water taxis, for a 15 minute trip down the canal, from the train station to the Royal Armouries Museum.

Mon – Fri: 7am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-6pm

£1 per person, per journey.
Children 5 and under travel free.
Cash and card (including contactless) payments accepted.

River Wharfe, Wetherby

At the bandstand side of the river, you can paddle in the shallow side water near the bridge. There is also a pebbled area to sit/sunbathe.  Also great for feeding the ducks.

Loads of picnic tables and seating.  At certain times of the year, the brass band is playing.

You can also enjoy a walk alongside the river.

Plenty of free car parking in the  Wilderness (bandstand) car park.

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

 

Room on the Broom Trail – Anglers Country Park (Wakefield)

The Room on the Broom trail takes visitors across Anglers Country Park on a special themed walk.

Starting from the Discovery Centre, the trail follows a route around the lake giving youngsters the chance to see sculptures of Witch, Cat, Dog, Bird, Frog and the terrifying Dragon! For extra fun and games along the trail, purchase an Explorer Pack for £2 from the Discovery Centre before you set off. As you journey along the route look out for the wildlife that call Anglers Country Park their home.

Some parts of the path may be muddy so sensible footwear is advised. Suitable for bikes and pushchairs.

The Adventure Trail and Country Park are both open all day, every day with free entry. There is also a great outdoor play area at the end of the trail.

Haw Park Lane,Wintersett,Wakefield,WF4 2EB. Tel: 01924 303980

Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries is home to the United Kingdom’s national collection of arms, armour and artillery. Look out for special seasonal & school holiday events. Free entry. Family friendly. Accessible site. Cafe & toilet facilities.

Royal Armouries, Leeds, LS10 1LT. Tel: 0113 220 1999.

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 Arium – Leeds Parks Nursery, Cafe and Playground

  • Extremely spacious and secure children’s play area,  giant sandpit and outdoor picnic area.
  • Craft area.
  • Pop up family events will be running throughout the year.
  • Family friendly cafe.
  • Garden shop & plant nursery.
  • Christmas Shop and stockist of Stockeld Park Christmas Trees
  • Accessible site with plenty of parking.

Tel: 0113 378 9985  Facebook

The site is close to the A64 end of Thorner Lane. If you turn off the A64 onto Thorner Lane, it’s the second turning on your right (after the cemetery).

The Hepworth Wakefield

The gallery brings together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth. Regular special events & kids art sessions. Cafe, shop, outdoor play area. Free. Closed Mondays.

Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW. Tel: 01924 247360

The Tetley

Contemporary art centre with galleries, learning studio, workspaces for creative industries, restaurant and bar, in the heart of Leeds’ South Bank. Special events and school holiday activities.

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ. Tel: 0113 320 2323

Valley Gardens – Harrogate

The premier play park in Harrogate! The equipment is fantastic here with loads to do for all ages including a zip wire, fortress, plane, paddling pool as well as the usual slides, swings etc. There is also the recently completed skate park for the older kids.

There is a kiosk selling ice creams and light refreshments in the play area and further down the gardens there is a café which sells Ripley ice-cream as well as a boating pond and bandstand.

The park also offers pitch and put, crazy golf, Frisbee gold and tennis courts.

At the top of the Gardens lie the Pine Woods.

Valley Gardens, Harrogate HG1 2SZ

York City Walls Walk

On a nice day, there isn’t a much better way to see the beautiful city  of York than walking around the walls.

Children can enjoy following the route via the golden disks on the floor and remember to take some paper and crayons so they can complete the map rubbings at each of the bars.

The walls go most of the way around the city, just having to get down to street level a couple of times. Not strictly buggy friendly but I know many who have managed it fine. Always a friendly visitor or local on hand to help!

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