Steeped in history, Harewood House and Gardens is one of England's most treasured houses, and is based just a few miles from the city centre. The 18th century house has art, furniture and clothes collections spanning some 200 years, really giving a flavour of aristocratic English life through the ages. A breathtaking bird garden and 100 flowered lawns offer visitors a great way to relax, too.
For something a bit more lively, visit Roundhay Park's Tropical World. It's filled with meerkats, lemurs, crocodiles and other quirky animals, plus tropical habitats to be explored including jungle, desert and water zones.
The 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.
Leeds City Museum is a great day out for all of the family, giving visitors of all ages lots to do. The Museum showcases hands-on exhibitions, displays, interactive games and video displays that let you immerse yourself in the city's proud history.
For thrillseeking families, visit the Pole Position Indoor Karting Arena. This 580m long, high-spec tarmac circuit is the longest indoor circuit in Yorkshire and includes tunnels, bridges, pit areas and an underpass.
Round off your day exploring historic Harewood House, which has fun for all the family. From the adventure playground to the exotic species in the Bird Garden, to dressing up in period costume - this is one of the best places to find family fun in the whole of West Yorkshire.
Dining & Shopping
Shopping is easy in the city centre as it's just a short walk between independent boutiques, high street names and markets. Venues like Leeds Corn Exchange, Trinity Leeds and The Grand Arcade are all just a few minutes' walk from each other, and it's worth spending a day in Leeds just for the experience of shopping.
For dining, be sure to visit the Tiled Hall Cafe, a family-friendly, affordable venue which is adorned in beautiful mosaic tiles.
For a drink, visit Whitelocks. It is the oldest pub in Leeds, dating back to 1715, and full of character.
The city centre also boasts many cafes selling both local and continental food, as well as many coffee houses for a refreshing break.
Did you know?
In October 1880 Louis le Prince recorded the very first moving images with a Leeds back garden as his subject.
The Inventor and cinema pioneer then shot the first motion pictures “Crossing Leeds Bridge” in the city centre in 1888.
Leeds Kirkgate Market is Europe’s largest indoor market with over 600 stalls.