In Leeds itself, there’s plenty to do. Harewood House sits in 100-acres of beautiful gardens and woodland and is home to one of the most stunning collections of Chippendale furniture in the UK. The Royal Armouries is free and offers six floors of weaponry and armour, one of the largest displays in the country. Tropical World sit amongst the dreamy Roundhay park and is home to a range of weird and wonderful animals. Then there’s the Emmerdale Studio Experience, home to Yorkshire’s best loved soap. The perfect place to take your best girlfriends for a well-earned mums’ night out.
But just beyond Leeds, easily accessible by car or train, there’s a whole host of places to visit. You can pop to the Hepworth Wakefield (which is also free) for art and activities, and enjoy a selection of home-made treats in the café. It’s a short journey over to Keighley where you can catch the five-mile Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to the Bronté Parsonage, in Haworth, birth place of the Bronté sisters. Slightly south in Doncaster, Yorkshire Wildlife Park has lions, tigers and alike to enjoy. Up in York, you can sail gently on the River Ouse with City Cruises York or take a trip down heritage lane with York’s Chocolate Story and the JORVIK Viking Centre. The opportunities are endless.
Here in Leeds, and more specifically Yorkshire, we’re extremely lucky. We’re surrounded by an array of different cities and landscapes where great days out are just waiting to be taken. There’s something different to suit all types of families and their needs, but you can bet you’ll always be greeted with that famous Yorkshire hospitality.
Words by Deborah Hindley