Penguins at Harewood House and Gardens

Family Attractions

From our medieval roots to our more recent industrial one, the past really comes alive in our popular, award-winning attractions. The good news is, many of our attractions are free, so you can enjoy a full day of memorable and enriching experiences without it costing a fortune.


Historic houses 

Harewood House & Gardens, the family seat of the Earl and Countess of Harewood, is just 7 miles from the city centre, and set in glorious Yorkshire countryside. One of the treasure houses of England, the house was built in the 18th century and has collections to rival the finest in the land, plus an exciting calendar of events and exhibitions, over 100 acres of stunning gardens and renowned Bird Garden with exotic and rare species. The Tudor-Jacobean estate of Temple Newsam once owned by Henry VIII is home to Europe's largest rare breeds farm. Located just 4 miles from the city centre, and would make a great day out for visitors of all ages.

Lotherton Hall is a charming Edwardian country home with beautiful formal, wildflower and wooded grounds, a red deer park and one of the country's most impressive and important collection of rare and endangered birds.


Something different

Visit exotic creatures including meerkats, crocodiles, butterflies and bats in their home at Tropical World. Experience the rainforest heat without leaving Leeds!

Thackray Museum tells the story of medicine from the site of a former hospital. The museum provides a fun way to learn about the human body, in all its gory glory!

Take a stroll along the canal to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, formerly the world's largest woolen mill, which also houses a charming 24 seater picture house within the museum.

Home to Britain's national collection of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries Museum houses a world-renowned collection of over 75,000 objects.


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