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Top 8 Family Days Out in Leeds

Posted 07/07/2017

Finding things to do for the duration of the summer holidays and, more importantly, that kids want to do can be tough. Fortunately, in Leeds and across Yorkshire there are plenty of things to keep the whole family entertained. Here we take a look at eight of the best in the city.

Royal Armouries

Perfect for all ages, all the family can learn about swords and armour in this iconic museum. Not only can you discover the secrets of the past through six galleries with 2,500 objects, you’ll also get to see amazing events too. Don’t miss the spectacular show of Polish Hussar Horses in August. There’s always so much to get the imagination running. 

The Leeds Treasure Hunt Trail

A great way to spend an afternoon, become a treasure hunter as you head through the city with the help of Captain Tooms long lost map. Visit the sights of the centre on this 1.2 mile long excursion. A self-guided trail, it takes around an hour and a half to complete. 

The Climbing Lab

Do you have children who love to climb? Head down to the amazing Climbing Lab for beginner or experienced courses in a controlled environment. Safety but with that sense of adventure, your young ones will love this. If you have older children then take a look at The Leeds Wall, this is probably more appropriate for teenagers. 

Armley Mills

Dive into history as all the family see inside what was once the world’s largest woollen mill. Learn all about the heritage of Leeds and its industrial history with a look at clothing, engineering, locomotives, printing and textiles in the 18th mill. Discover the story of how this shaped the city. 

Harewood House and Gardens

Perfect for a picnic on a warm day, the large open spaces, enchanting gardens and historic house promise fun for all the family. The “Capability” Brown designed area boasts remarkable views, the interior of the house is filled with history and the kids won’t want to miss the adventure playground, penguins or flamingos. 

Lotherton Hall

Once part of the Gascoigne family, this Edwardian country estate allows you to go back in time, dress up and see the world. There’s a wonderful bird garden too, with owls, flamingos and plenty more besides. The older kids have two play areas to choose from and there’s an onsite café. 

Middleton Railway

Do the little – and maybe the big – kids in your home love trains? Head to Middleton and see the world’s oldest working railway. There’s history to learn and locomotive cabs to jump on before you ride the train to Park Halt. Here you can wander in the ancient woodland and see the old mine workings. 

Thackray Medical Museum

Got any budding doctors in the family? The Thackray Medical Museum is a great day out for young children all the way through to teenagers. Discover the human body as you experience nine interactive galleries and hands0on exhibits.

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