The City Square
City Square is a pedestrian area known for its statues, the nearby J. Priestley Church, as well as the spectacular Victorian Town Hall, with its impressive 200 feet high clock tower.
Another great City Square sight is the Civic Hall, the city’s heraldic emblem. From there you can visit the famous Leeds Art Gallery – a simple “must” for art enthusiasts, housing a magnificent collection of works by some of the greatest British and foreign artists (Cotman, Constable, Gainsborough, Courbet, Renoir and others). Since you love art, do not fail to visit the Millennium Square, a central point for theatrical shows and live concerts.
Roundhay Park ranks among the biggest and most popular city parks not just in Britain, but in the whole Europe! A staggering 700 acres of grassland, woodland, small lakes and prized gardens, home to great array of wildlife species and a famed multi – sports terrain, ideal for friends and families that love cycling, football, rugby and cricket.
Roundhay Park also boasts having the “Tropical World”, a specially designed island area for families that love tropical wildlife and rainforests but can’t afford a trip to South America.
A great country house surrounded by a beautiful landscape and a family – friendly parkland, home to a rare breed’s farm, is what makes Temple Newsam such a great choice for both families and animal lovers. A 40-room Tudor-Jacobean mansion, surrounded by a 900-acre park on the outskirts of Leeds, Temple Newsam offers you the chance to marvel a variety of rare breed animals. It is also ideal for relaxing strolls in bridle paths, beautiful woodland and gardens, playing football, golf, or having fun with the kids in the playground.
Stockeld Park, just between Leeds and Harrogate, is a great spot for families and woodland lovers during the spring. Except for the bewitching landscape, Stockeld Park offers visitors an array of great outdoor activities, like go-karting, roller-skating, electric scooter driving, jumping and sliding in inflatables, maze games, climbing and thrilling quests among the imposing trees of the “Enchanted Forest” and several themed adventure playgrounds.
While it is at its prime during the spring, if you visit Leeds during the winter, you and your friends and family can also enjoy skiing around the Forest or ice – skating.
A Shopping – Therapy Haven
Leeds has been a shopping haven for centuries – especially in the famous Kirkgate Market, a maze of imposing arcades, market stalls, fashion houses and boutiques weaving Europe’s biggest covered market. Preserving an almost medieval market air, with constant callings from the traders and shops covering every need and fancy, shopping in Kirkgate Market is a great experience just by itself.
Home to a spectacular gathering of more than 130 rare bird species, Lotherton Hall is a haven for nature enthusiasts and parents who wish to learn their children to value Earth’s living artwork. The adventure playground for children up to 8 years old, equipped with climbing frames, a zip wire, swings and roundabouts, and the Woodland Play area (for older children) add to the whole experience. Grown-ups, in the meantime, can enjoy the spacious gardens and the red deer wandering through the woodland.
The Royal Armories – A 3,000 Years old Battleground
The Royal Armories is much more than an exhibition of weapons and shields; it is Britain’s national arms and armor museum, with more than 8,500 objects on display, covering a 3 millennia era. The best thing about this fascinating museum is the way it helps visitors grasp the terror of hand–to-hand combat throughout the ages, through live demonstrations and stunning reenactments. Families and history buffs shouldn’t miss it for the world.