Days Out in West Leeds

Museums, Attractions & Gardens

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The Rainbow Factory

Discover the power of stories at the Rainbow Factory, with theatre, crafts and games for children up to 10 yrs. 
Activities can include model-making, crafts, treasure hunts, silly science, puppetry & the chance to perform on their outdoor stage.

Rainbow Factory, Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley. LS28 5LY. Approximately a 25 minute drive from Harrogate

T.0113 257 5750.

www.rainbowfactorykids.com


Harlow Carr Gardens – Harrogate

Just a short distance from Harrogate town centre, this beautiful garden makes a great family day out.  As well as beautiful planting displays, the garden also homes many fun natural play areas for adventurous children, including the Craggle Top Tree House, Log Maze, Logness Monster and the giant Woodland instruments.

• Seasonal events and activities for children • Picnic areas within the garden and baby changing facilities • Plenty of free parking • Paths suitable for pushchairs

Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB. Tel: 01423 565418


Abbey House Museum – Kirkstall

Abbey House Museum has a huge range of activities, from dressing up to special tours and much more! Take a break in the cafe and then step outside to use the children’s play area or wander over to Kirkstall Abbey and explore the abbey grounds!

Muddy Monkeys – under 5s craft activities
(Tuesdays, 10am-11am – please check our What’s on website for up-to-date listings)
Fun, free messy and imaginative craft play activites for under fives and their carers.

Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds , LS5 3EH Tel: 0113 3784079

Anglers Country Park – Wakefield

Large country park that is great for walking, children’s biking and picnics. It also has a children’s adventure playground and The Room on the Broom trail. The park also has a Visitor Centre, a cafe, free car parking. Open Tues – Sunday (except Bank Holidays)

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


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

 

 


Bolton Abbey – Near Skipton

Enjoy a picnic, build sandcastles have a little paddle in the river or simply relax and take in the view of the Priory. The 60 stepping stones offer a fun and challenging experience, but there is a bridge offering a safe and dry passage. There is a large beach area popular with visiting families. Seasonal events take place throughout the year.

£8 per car to park

Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD236EX. Tel: 01756 718000


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

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


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.


Fountains Abbey – Near Ripon

Set within the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site offers a great day out for all the family. Hidden within the Skell valley, you’ll find the magnificent ruins of the once great Fountains Abbey and a Georgian pleasure ground to delight your senses. This breathtaking landscape is also home to a Jacobean Manor House, Medieval Deer Park, Victorian church and Cistercian mill.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
Tel: 01765 608888


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


Grass Hoppers at Tong Garden Centre

Hop along to Grass Hoppers Outdoor Adventure Playground at Tong Garden Centre for proper outdoor fun. Have a bounce on the jumping pillows, zoom down the zip wire, play and dig in the giant sandpit, glide down the slides, drive around the race tracks and much more!

Grass Hoppers is set in a secure environment with café, outdoor seating and award-winning Yorkshire dairy ice cream!

Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY.  Tel: 0113 285 3506


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)


Horsforth Museum

Open Saturday 10am untill 4pm and Sunday 2pm untill 5pm.Horsforth Museum is situated at the bottom of Horsforth Town St and run by volunteers. All the exibits have been donated. The Museum has a fantastic photograph collection, maps and general Horsforth Memorabilia. There is a Family history section and all are welcome.  Located at: 5 The Green, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5JB.


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 Industrial Museum – Armley Mills

Step back in time to discover the industrial history of Leeds that the city was famous for. From textiles to printing, clothing to manufacturing, engineering and locomotives.  Great fun for all age groups.  Open Tuesday-Sunday.  Call 0113 378 3173.


Leeds Water Taxi

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.  One of the best ways to travel through the city, and it’s free!


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.


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.


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.


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


Thackray Medical Museum

Through nine interactive galleries go on a journey of discovery to explore the incredible world of medicine. Travel from the Victorian age to the present day to explore the fascinating world of surgery and find out how breakthroughs in science have changed all our lives for the better.

Exciting family activities take place at weekends and during every school holiday. Car park and cafe.

Thackray Medical Museum, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN. Tel:  0113 244 4343


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 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.


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


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


Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum

Set on a beautiful island in the canal just 2 miles from Leeds city centre, Thwaite Mills is one of the last examples in Britain of a water-powered mill. Open weekends & school holidays, look out for the special events. Accessible site. Toilets & shop.

Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP. Tel: 0113 3782983

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


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 Chocolate Story

York Chocolate Story is an interactive journey through the history of chocolate making in York. It is perfect for all chocolate lovers and makes an excellent day out for the whole family.


Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour (Billy Bob’s)

This place has a great (free) outdoor play area with wooden structures and indoor barn area  for those having the full dining experience. Separated out into under and over 7 year olds, and just £1.00 per child entry, the bigger kids can enjoy high adventure, whilst the little ones can take it more gently in their own play space. Brilliant 1950’s style parlour serving sundaes, breakfasts, burgers and hotdogs, coffees, cakes & all sorts!

Calm Slate Farm, Halton East, Bolton Abbey, BD23 6EU. Tel: 01756 711826


Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The only one of its kind, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, experienced and enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year.

West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG. Tel: 01924 832631