Days out

Let's go there!

Let's go there!

Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do in and around Leeds.

Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum

A lively, interactive museum which was short-listed for the Guardian ‘Kids in Museum Family Friendly Award’ in 2011. Wander the beautifully created authentic Victorian streets for a glimpse of life in 19th century Leeds.

Alwoodley Golf Club

Alwoodley Golf Club

A natural heathland course, with springy fairways cutting through a profusion of heather, whins and shrubs. It features eye-catching and naturalistic-looking bunkers, strategic choices, and large, often undulating greens.

Bagshaw Museum

Bagshaw Museum

Explore the world at Bagshaw Museum! A Victorian former mill owner’s house set in 36 acres of parkland and ancient woodland, the museum displays a wide range of unusual and exciting collections from around the globe.

Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep Brewery

Regular ‘shepherded’ tours of the brewery allow guests to experience the traditional brewing processes through to the end product – a sample of the award-winning in the Baa…r. The ideal place for an interesting day out.

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey

On the banks of the river Wharfe, Bolton Abbey country estate is the Yorkshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Visitors are drawn to the breath-taking countryside and impeccably well maintained site.

Bradford Police Museum

Bradford Police Museum

Bradford Police Museum provides a unique insight into the history and heritage of policing, criminal justice, civic enforcement and the development of crime and punishment in Bradford from the early 19th century onwards.

Brontë Parsonage Museum

Brontë Parsonage Museum

Set in the picturesque village of Haworth against the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire moors, the Brontë Parsonage Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Brontë furniture, clothes and personal possessions.

Doncaster Racecourse

Doncaster Racecourse is one of the larger venues for horseracing in Yorkshire and hosts regular meetings and other events. The course has recently won several awards including BetView Racecourse of the Year 2013.

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Take a ride behind one of the vintage steam locomotives for a special journey back in time. Breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway, while your eyes and ears thrill to the puffing and hissing of the steam engine.

Eureka

Eureka

Eureka is a unique place for families and groups 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.

Experience Wakefield

Experience Wakefield

Wakefield is at the heart of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle. Its galleries, castles, museums, hotels and attractions welcome millions of families each year. Visit Wakefield for days out, short stays, exhibitions and events.

Golden Acre Park

Golden Acre Park

The popular Golden Acre Park is renowned for its wonderful gardens, popular tea rooms and circular lakeside walk. At 55 hectares in size, it is located near to two of Leeds’ most treasured nature reserves, Breary Marsh and Adel Dam.

Great Yorkshire Show

Great Yorkshire Show

Over three days in July, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society runs the Great Yorkshire Show. It’s an agricultural show site staging major annual livestock, machinery, rural pursuits and food festival in the town of Harrogate.

Harewood House

Harewood House

Seven miles out of Leeds stands Harewood House. Built by Robert Adam in the 18th century, and furnished by Thomas Chippendale, the estate has art collections to rival the finest in the land and is set in a beautiful landscape.

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Visit the Huddersfield Art Gallery and see a selection of stunning paintings and sculptures by internationally renowned artists such as L.S. Lowry, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore alongside work by significant local artists.

Ilkley Toy Museum

Ilkley Toy Museum

How many times have you wondered just what happened to those little cars you used to play with, or that old dolls house that appeared one Christmas morning? Well, they’re here – complete with all the memories.

Jackrabbits Pottery

Jackrabbits Pottery

Jackrabbits is a family and buggy-friendly studio for adults and children of all abilities to explore their creative sides. They have a wide selection of pottery items to choose from and you don’t have to be an artist to produce a masterpiece!

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

The Keighley & Worth Valley rail line is run by steam enthusiasts over five miles between Keighley and Oxenhope, running up onto the Pennine moors above Bradford. You can stop off at Haworth, once home to the Brontë family.

Kinsley Stadium

Kinsley Stadium

Those who enjoy dog-racing can get their sporting fix at the Kinsley Stadium, near Pontefract. The Stadium was voted “Best NGRC greyhound stadium in the north” by the British Greyhound Racing Board for 2008.

Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

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 boasts historic architecture amid a haven of wildlife and greenery.​​​​​

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery

Stroll around the Gallery’s collections of paintings and sculptures and be amazed by outstanding art by exciting artists. Enjoy tea and refreshments in the Tiled Hall Café or ‘Brew’ bar and buy inspirational books and gifts.

Leeds Cathedral

Leeds Cathedral

Leeds Cathedral is one of the finest Catholic Cathedrals in England and the mother church of the diocese of Leeds. The Cathedral Church of St Anne is situated on Cookridge Street, in the heart of the city centre.

Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum

Explore four floors of interactive and exciting galleries. Come face-to-face with the Leeds tiger, step into Ancient Worlds to meet Nesyamun, the Leeds mummy and dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery.​​​​

Leeds Cultural Curry Festival

Leeds Cultural Curry Festival

The Leeds Cultural Curry Festival celebrates the finest in food and drink, local cuisine and home grown talent. Celebrity chefs will demonstrate their culinary skills in the Chefs demo area. Find it in Millennium Square.

Leeds Discovery Centre

Leeds Discovery Centre

Home to over a million wonders, Leeds Discovery Centre cares for the city’s collections.​ The centre is a unique museum resource. Housing and caring for Leeds’ fantastic collections, it’s a state-of-the-art storage facility.

Leeds Dock

Leeds Dock

Leeds Dock is a creative waterside village where innovation, culture and enterprise come together to create a place that brings a new dimension to the city of Leeds. Inherently welcoming, Leeds Dock is a place for all.

Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival

The infamous Reading & Leeds Festival is heralded as the best music show on the planet. It showcases the most revered artists from across the globe playing each year across the August Bank Holiday weekend at Bramham Park.

Leeds Industrial Museum

Leeds Industrial Museum

Step back in time at Leeds Industrial Museum to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.​​​​​

Leeds International Film Festival

Leeds International Film Festival

It may not carry the reputable weight of some of the world’s larger, more exotically located, showcases, but Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) is England’s largest outside of London, boasting a multifarious annual selection.

Leeds Valentine’s Fair

Leeds Valentine’s Fair

Each year the Leeds Valentines Fair seems to bring together bigger and better rides from across Europe. whether you’re looking for a family-friendly day of rides and amusements or a thrilling night out, there is plenty to enjoy.

Locked in Games

Locked In Games

The aim of this game is to test your problem solving, perceptive and logical skills. You will need to stimulate conversation and work in synergy to unravel a series of mysteries and clues to find codes to escape a locked room.

Lotherton Hall

Lotherton Hall

A charming Edwardian house and country estate. There is something for everyone to enjoy here; from the country house to the bird garden, the gardens and exhibitions, the shop and stables to the woodland walks and playgrounds.​​

Malham Tarn

Malham Tarn

A popular Dales beauty spot set amid rolling hills, Malham Tarn is an outstanding area of limestone pavements, upland hill farms and flower-rich hay meadows provides a marvellous setting to enjoy the outdoors.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

This registered charity, was established in 1980 to provide services to inner city communities. It’s not only a working farm with a wide variety of animals, but also a major centre for community and environmental work.

Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway

Visit the world’s oldest working railway for a steam/diesel hauled train ride. Established in 1758, it is still going strong. It no longer moves coal from Hunslet to Leeds, but instead it provides an all ages, all weather attraction.

Millennium Square Leeds

Millennium Square Leeds

Millennium Square Leeds offers a Christmas Market, family-friendly events, live music concerts, film screenings, sporting events, food and drink, Leeds Pride, the ITU World Triathlon and much more!

Northern Monk Brew Co

Northern Monk Brew Co

Northern Monk Brew Co takes thousands of years of brewing heritage and tradition and combines them with the best of both local and internationally-sourced ingredients, crafting beers to excite, to savour and taste.

Oakwell Hall

Oakwell Hall

A stunning Elizabethan manor house displayed as the Batt family home of the 1690s giving visitors a fascinating insight into a post-Civil War household. View over 100 acres of country park, with a nature trail and playground.

Otley Chevin Forest

Otley Chevin Forest

Chevin Forest Park is located in the Wharfe Valley and overlooks the town of Otley. It consists of north-facing cliff, or escarpment, which rises to a height of 280m above sea level and offers magnificent views of the Wharfe Valley.

Red House

Red House

A charming former cloth merchant’s home with unique Brontë connections. Explore atmospheric period rooms, enchanting period gardens and discover Spen Valley local history and Brontë exhibitions in restored outbuildings.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

RHS Garden

Wander through the tranquil surroundings of this stunning 58 acre garden and gain ideas for your own borders. Find year-round inspiration along the dramatic Main Borders where the RHS experts have chosen contemporary planting.

Roundhay Golf Club

Roundhay Golf Club

Nestling in the heart of the park, Roundhay Golf Club is a delightful 9-hole golf course suitable for all playing standards. For over 90 years, players of all ages and handicaps have enjoyed the challenge of this welcoming municipal course.

Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park

One of the most celebrated venues in Leeds is Roundhay Park. It is one of the biggest city parks in Europe, with more than 700 acres of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens. The park also boasts its Lakeside Cafe.

Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries Museum is home to the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8500 objects throughout its five themed galleries: War, Tournament, Oriental, Self Defence and Hunting.

RSPB Fairburn Ings

Fairburgh Ings

The three main trails take you through a variety of habitats allowing stunning views of birds such as willow tits and tree sparrows in the woodland, and lapwings, snipe and redshanks in the wet grassland.

Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam

Discover 500 years of history in this magnificent country mansion. Explore the rooms of the house filled with fine and decorative art treasures or uncover the secrets of the past residents and workers of the estate.

Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Medical Museum

Through nine interactive galleries you will be taken 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.

The Deep

The Deep

The Deep tells the amazing story of the world’s oceans through stunning marine life, interactives and audio-visual presentations making it a fun-filled family day out. See sharks, rays, turtles, penguins and more at this fantastic aquarium.

The Emmerdale Studio Experience

The Emmerdale Studio Experience

Located in the former ITV studios used for filming Emmerdale for over 10 years, The Emmerdale Studio Experience offers visitors a unique behind-the-scenes look into the making of one of Britain’s most popular TV shows.

The Forbidden Corner

Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages.

The Hepworth

The Hepworth

At Wakefield you will find The Hepworth, a gallery which celebrates the town’s connections with Barbara Hepworth. Curator-led tours are a popular free attraction here, along with a special Tour de Yorkshire event every year.

The Peace Museum

The Peace Museum

The Peace Museum highlights through its collection and its education work, the stories of people who have tried to bring an end to extremism, conflict, violence, war and inequality; to create social justice, peace and cohesion.

The Tetley

The Tetley

Located in the stunning Art Deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery, you are offered a warm welcome whether you’re there to see cutting edge art, sample its Yorkshire menu or enjoy a pint of Tetley’s in this historic setting.

The York Dungeon

The York Dungeon

York Dungeon is a thrilling attraction that will take you back to the city’s darkest history. See, hear, smell and feel York’s stories come to life before your eyes as frighteningly funny characters transport you through time.

Thwaite Mills Watermill

Thwaite Mills Watermill

Thwaite Mills is one of the last remaining examples in Britain of a water-powered mill. Let one of the guides help you explore the mills and discover the importance of water power to Leeds’ industrial heritage.

Tick Tock Unlock

Tick Tock Unlock

You only have one goal at Tick Tock Unlock: escape from the room in 60 minutes by solving a series of puzzles, unravelling clues, and working together as a team to reveal the darkest secrets that have never been shared.

Tolson Museum

Tolson Museum

From Roman finds to textiles, birds to transport, the Tolson Museum is a treasure house of the fascinating, the curious and the amazing. You can expect to view a vivid and intriguing picture of the area and its people.

Tropical World

Tropical World

Tropical World is one of the most well-loved family attractions in Leeds. Here you can take a trek through the rainforest and stop off briefly in the outback of Australia before a quick excursion through the desert all in the same morning!

Visit Calderdale

Visit Calderdale

The Industrial Revolution was born in these hills and whilst still taking pride in tradition, communities have added upfront arts, adrenalin sport, fantastic food and drink and totally local shopping. There are three Visitor Centres here.

Xscape

Xscape

Xscape at Castleford has artificial ski slopes, climbing walls and an entertainment complex with bowling, swimming, a gym, cinema, shops and bars. The scale of the centre is huge, it’s the size of six football pitches.

York Racecourse

York Racecourse

York is one of the Premier tracks in Europe having recently won the Flat Racecourse of the Year Award. The racecourse, as well as hosting many spectacular York Races, has also played host to Royal Ascot at York in 2005.

Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum

The Yorkshire Air Museum is a living memorial to all allied air forces personnel particularly those during the Second World War, and especially the tens of thousands of young people who gave their lives in that conflict.

Yorkshire Food and Drink Show

Yorkshire Food and Drink Show

Expect live cookery demonstrations from local chefs, artisan food specialists exhibiting delicious produce, traditional real ales, Pimms and cocktail bars and some of Yorkshire’s finest restaurants serving their signature dishes.

Yorkshire Outdoors

Yorkshire Outdoors

Yorkshire Outdoors is home to the finest country pursuit and leisure activity centre in the county, providing high quality, professional and thoroughly enjoyable adventures that test your skills and open your mind.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A centre of international, national and regional importance for the production, exhibition and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. It’s a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight.