Things to do in Leeds during the Summer Holidays
This is this the first post in a series that explores free or reasonably priced things to do during the summer months. The series is based mainly around West Yorkshire. Leeds has a wealth of things to offer to families enjoying a summer break. From the arts and high culture through to excellent facilities for children, there’s plenty on offer.
This list briefly runs through some of the best places to visit in Leeds. Other things to do and places to see will be covered later, though please recommend places via the comments.
Roundhay Park is large and has several features for families. It offers plenty of nice walks or jogging routes; has a boating lake; provides an adventure playground and has a well stocked and reasonably priced cafe. The park has a curious history, having been bought for the people of Leeds some time before the age of philanthropy or even reasonable transport links to the park. The park is easy to access from Leeds City Centre by public transport.
The Royal Armouries is situated close to the wharf in Leeds. It is home to some of the collections held by the Royal Armoury and as such, the collections on display can vary. The Royal Armouries provide many demonstrations of weapons and armour in action. There are also birds of prey at the Armouries which are on display regularly. This is a free museum and a fantastic place to visit for any lover of military history. The museum is relatively modern and has been made with access and young families in mind. There is a cafe and shop. The Royal Armouries is walking distance from the City Centre.
Leeds City Museum and Millennium Square
Leeds City Museum is situated next to Millennium Square. The museum is free to enter and has a small but interesting number of collections. Millennium Square plays host to a wide range of events. These have ranged from The Tour de France to opera to indie bands performing on the open air stage. For some events in Millennium Square there is a fee. When bookable events are not being held the square is a nice place to relax and offers a large screen which shows things such as the tennis. We wrote about Millennium Square here.
Kirkstall Abbey has lay unused since the dissolution of the monasteries. It has seen parts of the abbey used for a range of rather unusual things: the nave was used as the road for a period of time. Now well preserved, the Abbey is a good example of medieval monasteries. It is accompanied by an interpretative centre and is situated in some very nice riverside grounds, making it a nice place to visit for a picnic. Kirkstall Abbey is easily accessible on buses from the City Centre. There is a new Kirkstall Forge railway station but this is quite a long walk from the abbey.
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