20 Best Things To Do In Leeds Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Leeds

From exotic wildlife to historic houses, there are loads of cool things to do in Leeds to keep your family entertained on your next day out. Let's take a look!

If a day out to a beautiful, historic estate is your type of day out, then Harewood House is the perfect family attraction for you. From dress-up within the House to a magical Bird Garden, starring the resident penguins, there will be plenty your kids will love there too. 

Fancy a longer walk and a picnic, take your little ones to see the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, learn about Henry VIII and enjoy the rest of your family day out exploring the 24-hectare riverside park that surrounds it. 

Then, why not spend a day at Roundhay Park and visit Tropical World Roundhay where you can make friends with lots of exotic creatures, such as armadillos and cotton-top monkeys.

Homely farmyard animals sound more like something your gand would enjoy, then head out to Swithens Farm and Play Barn. Your kids will love the soft play too! 

How about a bit of a challenge? Swing into action at Go Ape Temple Newsam and take on an exciting high ropes course and ending on an epic zip wire finale. It’s a thrill alright! 

For more inspiration check out these top 10 days out in Leeds, as recommended by our trusted explorer and mum of two Elizabeth. You can also check out the Leeds school holiday dates here.

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A little boy on the phone with his family in an Escape Hunt

Escape Hunt Leeds

  • Leeds
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Puzzles, fascinating stories and plenty of thrills await at Escape Hunt Leeds. With a choice of 4 electrifying escape room experiences to choose from...

A family looking at a   treasure trail

The Leeds Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Leeds
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Are you ready for an adventure? Join Toni Setter - local piano tuner - on the trail for a magical golden flute on The Leeds Treasure Hunt Trail. Capt...

A little boy looking at a bug at Tropical World in Roundhay

Tropical World Roundhay4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Summon your inner explorer at Tropical World (Roundhay) - discover tumbling waterfalls, humid rainforests and pools of exotic fish in the not-so-far-...

Go Ape Temple Newsam

Go Ape Temple Newsam

  • Leeds
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Escape boring everyday life on an adventure high in the trees at Go Ape Temple Newsam. Enjoy a variety of aerial challenges for the whole family. Pic...

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Fancy yourself a bit of a culture vulture? Take your little ones to visit Leeds Art Gallery; it’s one of the best contemporary art galleries in the c...

Girl at Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds

Carriageworks Theatre

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Do something different on your family day out - visit Carriageworks Theatre to enjoy some of the best touring performances on the national and intern...

Two kids playing in the arcade at Puttstars in Leeds

Puttstars Leeds

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

Ready for an exciting family day out with a twist? Head down to Puttstars Leeds, where the entire family will get a chance to try to putt their way t...

Outside view of Leeds City Museum in Leeds

Leeds City Museum

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Get interactive at Leeds City Museum. Dig up some fossils or take a walk with the Egyptians in one of many of the museums interactive galleries. Keep...

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Vue Leeds, The Light

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

You may have to take a family vote on what film to see, there's almost too many options at Vue! Jump into movie magic at Vue Leeds - The Light, where...

Leeds Town Hall on Curious About Leeds trail

Curious About Leeds

  • Leeds
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Curious About Leeds is a journey of discovery: an exciting glimpse into what makes this fabulous city what it is. Our two unique walks can be enjoyed...

Outside view of The Tetley in Leeds

The Tetley

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Tetley is a contemporary arts centre where you can see the latest in modern art under the roof of the historic art deco building of former Tetley...

Hall of Steel at Royal Armouries Leeds

Royal Armouries Leeds

  • Leeds
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Learn about swords and armour from around the world and make sure you catch one of the displays of jousting, falconry and horsemanship, all at the Ro...

Climbing walls and seating area at The Climbing Lab in Leeds

The Climbing Lab

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

The Climbing Lab is on a mission to create a community of kids who just love climbing! Climbing is a fantastic way to get fit and grow your strength,...

Kids dressed for racing at TeamSport Indoor Karting Leeds

TeamSport Indoor Karting Leeds

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Teamsport Indoor Karting Leeds will definitely bring out the competitive side of your family! This indoor go karting track has adult and child karts,...

Girls at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

  • Leeds
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, housed in what was once the largest woollen mill in the world in a beautiful riverside setting, will take yo...

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Vue Leeds, Kirkstall Road

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Prepare to be amazed! Jump into movie magic at Vue Leeds, Kirkstall Road, where you’ll find all your favourites, from exciting action films to hilari...

Hollywood Bowl Leeds

Hollywood Bowl Leeds

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Up for a fun game of tenpin bowling with the kids? There's no better place than Hollywood Bowl Leeds. No minimum age requirement means all members of...

Outside view of Thackray Museum in Leeds

Thackray Medical Museum5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Does your little one want to be a doctor when they grow up? With 9 interactive galleries to experience, the Thackray Medical Museum is an absolutely...

Three kids playing Laser tag at LaserZone Leeds

LaserZone Leeds

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Grab your laser phaser, hitch a ride on a spacecraft and crash-land at LaserZone Leeds. There’s a galactic, multi-level game of cat and mouse just wa...

Flowers at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm in Leeds

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

  • Leeds
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

You don’t have to travel out to the countryside to enjoy a day at the farm. Just a couple of miles from Leeds city centre sits Meanwood Valley Urban...

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