Tour around five family friendly Leeds parks

While the summer may have come and gone, there’s still plenty of time to organise a family day-out at one of the many parks in and around Leeds. All of these parks are easily accessible by public transport and are fun for all of the family. Here’s a quick tour around five of them.

Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam Park in Leeds - photo by Tim Green aka atoach



Let the kids run free in over 1,500 acres of parkland and open space. Home to the Temple Newsam estate, that dates back to the 18th century. Wander around the gardens, or visit the rare breed’s farm that is home to over 400 animals. A combination of fresh Yorkshire air and education for all of the family.

Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park in Leeds - photo by leeds Sackboy

You could easily spend a full-day at Roundhay Park; visit the Tropical world centre where exotic butterflies and birds roam free around the rainforest environment. Sit and have a picnic or just relax in one of the award winning gardens or take the kids to the skate park or for a walk around the lake.

Pudsey Park

Pudsey Park in Leeds - photo by Richard Cawood

The smallest of the parks highlighted, but for locals of the market town of Pudsey, it is a great spot to catch the sun, relax, or walk around the pet’s corner, home to parrots, finches, chipmunks and exotic fish. Take the kids to the newly developed play area.

Chevin Forest Park

Chevin Forest Park in Leeds - photo by samsaundersleeds

A great spot for mountain biking, walking, or picnics. Chevin Forest Park is located in the historic town of Otley, just a short journey from Leeds city centre. The Chevin rises to 814ft and has magnificent views of the town and Wharfe valley. Open all year round, it’s the perfect place to take the kids and burn off some energy.

Yeadon Tarnfield Park

Yeadon Tarnfield Park in Leeds - photo by russelljsmith

The tarn is used for water sports including sailing and fishing. The kids will love the BMX track, while you have a leisure stroll around the parkland. In the summer a number of brass bands play, or you can watch the locals playing bowls. The park is a really nice location to take a walk and work off Sunday lunch.

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Great info

Very useful post, found it to be a good round up of the local outdoor attractions.

Chris Jackson on 15 September, 2009



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