Family Attractions

Harewood Bird Garden

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.

 


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19 April 2014 to 21 April 2014

Live Jousting Tournament at Royal Armouries MuseumSat 19 - Mon 21 Apr 2014Experience the excitement of our live jousting tournament in Leeds this Easter Bank Holiday weekend with a thrilling three-day competition for all the family to enjoy.

29 April 2014 to 29 April 2014

Robin Ince: Is 'In And Out Of His Mind' at City Varieties Music HallTue 29 Apr 2014Robin Ince - Sony Gold Award winning comedian and science enthusiast (Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof Brian Cox) - presents another in his line of unhinged stand up comic lectures.

26 April 2014 to 27 April 2014

Kirkstall Deli Market at Kirkstall AbbeySat 26 - Sun 27 Apr 2014Join us on the last weekend of the month from 12 noon to 3pm for a great day out shopping and browsing at our two fantastic markets.

24 April 2014 to 10 May 2014

The Threepenny Opera at West Yorkshire PlayhouseThu 24 Apr - Sat 10 May 2014Original German text based on Elisabeth Hauptmann's German Translation of John Gay's The Begger's Opera.

23 April 2014 to 23 April 2014

Fill the Dragon! at Millennium SquareWed 23 Apr 2014So; that only leaves one thing to say! Come down and see us at Millennium Square to have some fun!

20 April 2014 to 20 April 2014

Farmers & Craft Market at BriggateSun 20 Apr 20141st & 3rd Sunday of the month Briggate, Leeds 10am-4pm.

24 April 2014 to 27 April 2014

Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice Live at First Direct ArenaThu 24 - Sun 27 Apr 2014Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and ITV have announced that Dancing on Ice will end next year and this will be followed by the last ever Dancing on Ice tour - a spectacular live show, that will come to the first direct arena next April.

30 April 2014 to 30 April 2014

McBusted at First Direct ArenaWed 30 Apr 2014Together Busted and McFly have sold 15 million records worldwide and chalked up 14 number ones, 20 top 3 singles and 27 top ten singles



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