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