Family Friendly

Leeds is a very family-friendly city, with lots of exciting things for families to do. With good transport links to other major cities in the UK, it is also easy to take your family further afield and enjoy all the fun that the UK has to offer!

This section focusses on family-friendly activities and events in Leeds itself, but to find out more about what England has to offer, visit the Visit England website.

Leeds activities

Leeds has lots of family-friendly activities in and around the surrounding areas that you and your family can enjoy.  You may find the following websites useful:

  • The Leeds City Council leisure web page provides information about activities in Leeds and a calendar of events;
  • The LeedsCard website offers a membership scheme which entitles cardholders to free or discounted entry to local attractions, museums, concerts and city council sport and leisure facilities;
  • The Breezeleeds website is a great resource to search activities happening in Leeds.  If you live in Leeds you can also sign up for a BreezeCard which entitles your children, aged up to 19 years old, to discounts on a whole range of activities and events;
  • The Welcome to Yorkshire is the official tourist information site for Yorkshire, which provides details of a wide range of attractions and activities.


Attractions in and around Leeds

  • Harewood House: A historic house with beautiful grounds featuring a Bird Garden with a touch of the exotic; penguins.  Harewood house runs numerous special events throughout the year;
  • Tropical World: Let the children experience changing climates as you wander through the different areas of Tropical World viewing tropical birds, plants, terrapins, and butterflies; an educational day for the whole family;
  • Battlefield Leeds: Children can play in this exciting outdoor gaming field, dodging lasers and getting active;
  • Xscape: Here you are sure to find something for all ages, from an indoor snow slope, bowling aisle, climbing wall, aerial assault course, trampoline park, to a 6D motion ride;
  • Eureka: A national children’s museum aiming to teach children about the world around them via fun and interactive exhibits where they can discover and play in a fun and unique way;
  • Bolton Abbey: Admire the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, wander the fascinating Priory Ruins, take a picnic by the river, or visit the animals at Hesketh Farm Park.  Bolton Abbey also features numerous special events throughout the year.


University events

The University often holds workshops, concerts or other activities that are family-themed.  Visit the University events listings and the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery events web pages for further information.