Days Out West Leeds

Farms, Zoos & Aquariums

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The Deep – Hull

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).  01482 381000.

Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.

Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium that is home to almost 3,500 fish including green sawfish, sharks and tropical fish. Not forgetting an array of invertebrates, amphibians, turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins!

Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. . Enjoy the fun and educational interactive and audio-visual presentations on your voyage of discovery.

Highlights include the daily dive show, touchpool sessions, twice-daily penguin feeds, the underwater tunnel and bubble lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info is on their website here.

The Deep has its own café serving a range of homemade hot/cold meals, snacks, drinks and excellent children’s boxes, plus a snack bar that is open in during peak times inside the attraction. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food.

The Deep is fully accessible for people with disabilities or accessibility requirements and can provide and range of things to help visitors enjoy a more pleasant visit.

Save 10% by booking your tickets on their website before you visit. The Deep also accepts Tesco Days Out vouchers, which form part of the Tesco Clubcard scheme.

Don’t forget to sign up to the Day Plus Pass scheme which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months (this is included in the normal price of a ticket, T&C’s on their website).

During the school holidays there are also arts, crafts at Craft Corner, see their website for details of the next events.


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.


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

Whether you want to visit the House and its wonderful collections, relax in the gardens with a picnic, play on the amazing adventure playground, meet the animals on the farm and in the bird garden or see the penguins being fed there is something for everyone at Harewood! Open March – October

Penguin Feeding Daily 11am -11.30am

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


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 Donkey Sanctuary

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 Hungry Hedgehog 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


None Go By Farm – Horsforth

We are 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


Pudsey Park

Pudsey Park has something for everyone.  Enjoy a relaxing stroll, visit the pets corner and tropical greenhouse, have a swing on the kids playground or enjoy a game of bowls.  Toilets and Cafe Kiosk serving light refreshments on site.  Located at: Church Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7RR.


Rodley Nature Reserve

Rodley Nature Reserve was created on a floodplain in Kirkstall Valley and houses many different species of wildlife. The reserve runs various activities throughout the year such as pond dipping and mini ‘beast’ hunts.   Located at: Moss Bridge Road, Rodley, Leeds LS13 1HP.  Open to the public Wed, Sat and Sun and most Bank Holidays.


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 & 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 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 – Doncaster

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


Tropical World

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! Shop, cafe & toilet facilities.

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