Days Out West Leeds

Free activities

Bagshaw museum – Batley

Bagshaw museum is a free, educational day out for the family. Children can take part in a Punch and Judy show as well as dress up in costumes based on different periods of time. On a nice day, children may even want to play in the neighbouring Wilton Park.

Woodlands Road, Batley, WF17 0AS.  Tel: 01924 324765



Bramley Park

Bramley Park is a large community park and houses sports pitches, tennis courts, a playground and a picnic area.  All parking is on street outside the park, and there are no disabled parking bays.  All paths are negotiable by wheelchair.  Located at: Westover Road, Bramley, LS13 3PG.

Brimham Rock – Near Harrogate

Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks and have a great day out at nature’s playground. This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale.

There’s no admission charge at Brimham Rocks. Parking is free for National Trust members.
Non National Trust members, car parking charges are as follows: £4 up to three hours, £5 thereafter

Brimham Rocks Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4DW, Tel: 01423 780688

Clifton Park Rotherham

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! Visit their website for more information on things to do

Clifton Park has two car parks:

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

Farnley Hall Fishpond Local Nature Reserve

This nature reserve provides home to many different species- both living in the pond and the surrounding woodland.  Located at: Hall Lane, LS12 5EX.   If visiting with a pushchair or wheelchair you can access the circular path surrounding the pond via the entrance on Butt Lane – otherwise there is a stepped entrance from Hall Lane.

Farnley Hall Park

Farnley Hall Park has approx 16 hectares of woodland walks, formal gardens and ponds.   There is a new children’s play area and sports pitches. The park is accessible to all and most footpaths are suitable for the majority of manual and electric wheelchairs.  Located at: Hall Lane, Farnley, Leeds, LS12 5HA.

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

Kirkstall Abbey

The historic site of Kirkstall Abbey attracts many visitors daily and hosts a range of activities throughout the year. This site not only houses the historic Abbey but also a visitor’s educational centre, park, cafe, river walks and frequent markets and events.  Loctated at: Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS5 3EH.

Leeds Art Gallery

Currently closed in order for essential repairs to be carried out on the Victorian roof; however will reopen galleries to the public from Friday 13 October 2017.

Tiled Hall Café, Visit Leeds and the Gallery Shop are still open throughout the building works, as are close neighbours Henry Moore Institute and Craft Centre and Design Gallery Leeds.

Leeds City Museum

A great family day out with 4.5 billion years of discovery. If you love Leeds history, the ancient worlds, natural sciences, there’s plenty to enjoy. Cafe & toilet facilities. Accessible site. Free admission, closed Mondays.

Join Rory, the Leeds City Museum tiger for regular craft activities at the Museum every Saturday between 11am and 12.15pm. Also offers free craft activities for children under five during Tiny Tigers sessions at 10am – 11.45am on Fridays.

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

Leeds to Liverpool Canal

There are a range of walks/ cycle routes along the towpath of the Leeds to Liverpool canal, cutting through much of West Leeds.  Take in old industrial mills, woodland views, canal locks, public houses and refreshment stops along the way.  Popular spots to join the canal are at Kirkstall Abbey, Horsforth Forge & Rodley Swing Bridge.

National Railway Museum

The National Railway museum is a free day out in York. The whole family can explore many trains from throughout history and learn all about 300 years of railway.

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

Bradford,  BD1 1NQ. Tel: 0844 856 3797

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.

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 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