10 Things to Do in Leeds for Family Outings

By Alberto Melgar

Did you know that...

…not only does Leeds have the oldest running commercial railway in the world, but it is also home to one of the biggest parks in Europe?

When you’re travelling with your family, it is important to plan ahead so that you can keep the kids entertained while still getting to see all the sights.

Whether you have plans to visit Leeds or just browsing for things to do in Leeds (possibly for a future trip?), you can use this guide to find some family-friendly activities.

Use a Travel Companion for Your Plans to Visit Leeds

When travelling, especially with a group, keeping all your tickets and passes safe is essential. Nothing is worse than arriving at your destination only to realise the ticket you already paid for is still sitting at home. Luckily travel companion apps like Keetoo exist precisely for this reason.

Travel companion apps work by letting you buy tickets and passes through the app and then storing them all safely for you on your phone. Generally, you can find discounts through these companion apps, so not only is it more convenient, but you also get to save money.

Visit the Oldest Running Commercial Railway in the World

You can’t plan a trip to Leeds without visiting Middleton Railway. This historic site was founded in 1758 and is still running today. The site features a museum where you can learn about the history of the railway and the option to ride a mile-long track from Moor Road to Park Halt.

Feed the Penguins at Harewood House

If you have kids or are an animal lover yourself, you should treat yourself by visiting Harewood House. Harewood House features 100 acres of gardens with bird gardens, but the chance to feed the penguins is the main attraction.

Check Out the Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum is the perfect attraction for a family day out. The exhibits on display are changed every now and again, but they mainly focus on the history of Leeds.

Some of the biggest attractions are the Leeds Tiger which spawned various popular myths, the skeleton of a 152-year-old long-finned pilot whale, and a 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy. The museum is home to the weird and the wonderful, making it a great stop along your trip.


Play Some Junkyard Golf

If your young ones are getting a bit restless and you are looking for a fun way to burn off some energy, then Junkyard Golf may be exactly what you are looking for. This golf course features disco lights, funny course names and all-around fun for the whole family. Unlike mini-golf, this course doesn’t leave you frustrated, but it isn’t so easy that you or your little ones will get bored.

Visit the Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries is home to the historic National Collection of Arms and Armour. The display has over 8500 artefacts, ranging from armour to various types of weapons. There are multiple floors in the museum, each housing displays that are split geographically. The elephant armour and replica Terracotta warrior alone are definitely worth the visit.

The Royal Armouries doesn’t just have displays on ancient history. There are also exhibits on the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and peace protests.

The Royal Armouries has a designated play area called the Jester’s Yard, which allows children to dress up and play around, leading them to be fully immersed in history. During school holidays, you’ll be able to see sword fighting displays and riders demonstrating some Tudor style techniques.

Visit Thwaite Mills

Thwaite Mills allows you to take in nature and history at the same time. The Thwaite Mills is one of the last remaining examples of a water-powered mill in Britain.

When you visit the mills, you’ll not only be able to see the mill in action, but you’ll also have the chance to visit the engineer’s workshop, where you’ll see all the tools that were used to repair the mill. The surrounding area is beautiful and makes a great spot for a picnic or a riverside stroll.

Leeds Grand Theatre

This might be more suited to older kids or a trip just for the parents, but the Grand Theatre, which is situated in the heart of Leeds, is an unmissable attraction. The theatre offers a wide variety of programmes to choose from, so there will be something you’ll enjoy.

Vintage Arcade Fun

Retro gaming is making a comeback, and the Arcade Club is video game heaven. Every weekend children get the opportunity to take a trip back in time to see how their parents played. The arcade has three floors (yes, three!) of retro arcade games and features classics such as Pac-Man, Mario Kart and Space Invaders.

Visit the Thackray Museum of Medicine for Some Fun Learning

The Thackray Museum of Medicine has recently been renovated. If you or your kids are fascinated with medicine or horrific histories in general, this is an attraction you should visit. The museum has loads of exhibits ranging from the techniques used in the Victorian age to how plagues, surgeries and pregnancies were handled (this is often rather gruesome).

Visit Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey is one of the finest remaining medieval Cistercian abbeys in Britain. The abbey is set on 24 hectares of land, making it perfect for a picnic before exploring the remains and the Abbey House Museum.

Things to Do in Leeds Made Easy

Planning a trip to Leeds has never been easier, and with the number of historic sites and attractions the city has to offer, you’ll be able to jam-pack your days out in Leeds with fun activities. So just remember to plan ahead, look for deals regarding things to do in Leeds, and most importantly, have fun!

Please take a look at our attractions, experiences, and things to do to help you plan your perfect day out. To stay up to date with any new attractions being added, download the free Keetoo app so that you never miss out.

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