One of three of the Royal Armouries museums is located by the waterfront in Leeds, showcasing an impressive collection of arms and armour. Free to enter, the museum provides in-depth information about the objects on display alongside showcasing a popular rotation of educational talks.
Royal Armouries, Armouries Dr, Leeds +44 113 220 1999
If you’re craving green space, head to one of the largest city parks in Europe to spend an afternoon walking the dog or simply sunbathing on one of the many lawns. Roundhay Park is a popular spot all year round with a variety of lakes, meadows and forests to walk around and explore.
Located just a short distance out of the city centre, Kirkstall Abbey is beautifully preserved, offering visitors an opportunity to walk through the ruins. The abbey is located beside the River Aire, making it the perfect starting point for a relaxing stroll by the water.
Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Rd, Leeds +44 113 378 4079
Visitors to Harewood House will be pleasantly surprised by the array of attractions on offer. Not only can the house and gardens be admired, but there is also a farm experience and a series of interesting events including theatrical performances and costume exhibitions. Visitors can even visit the resident Humboldt penguins at feeding time!
Harewood House, Harewood Estate Office, Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds +44 113 218 1010
Another impressive country house close to the city centre, Temple Newsam may not have penguins, but its grounds are particularly lovely to walk around. Time your visit for spring to coincide with meeting the new born lambs and piglets at Home Farm.
Temple Newsam, Templenewsam Rd, Leeds +44 113 336 7461
One of the most impressive Catholic Cathedrals in the whole of the UK, Leeds Cathedral is a vital attraction for anyone with an interest in religious structures. The dramatic Gothic Revival building may only be small in size but this is more than made up for with its impressive interior.
Leeds Cathedral, Cathedral House, Great George St, Leeds +44 113 245 4545
Nestled inside Roundhay Park, Tropical World offers the UK’s largest collection of tropical plants outside of London. Expect a large collection of tropical plants, lush indoor exotic gardens and an impressive array of wildlife including giant catfish, colourful butterflies and even baby meerkats.
Tropical World Leeds, Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds +44 113 237 0754
Soap fans will relish this opportunity to step behind the scenes of one of the nation’s best loved TV programmes. The interactive experience allows visitors to have a go at lighting or editing before taking them through a guided tour of the sets of the former ITV studios that includes the homes of your favourite characters and even the Woolpack bar.
Emmerdale Studio Experience, 27 Burley Road, Leeds +44 113 430 1243
Located just outside Harrogate, flower lovers and keen gardeners will enjoy a visit to these beautifully presented gardens. Based around gardens that reflect the natural landscapes, the gardens include a kitchen garden rife for foraging, wildflower meadows and a stunning streamside garden walk.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Ln, Harrogate +44 1423 565418
Visit Lotherton Hall, just outside Aberford to take a walk around the nearby deer park, visit the Edwardian country house or to admire the scenic bird garden. Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal events, jazz festivals, ceramic workshops and birds of prey demonstrations.
Spofforth Castle is considered by many to be the site where the Magna Carta was drawn up, making it one of the most important ruins in the country. Visitors can explore the ruins of the castle and its grounds, learning more about the history of the site and the Percy family who occupied it.
Spofforth Castle, Castle Street, Spofforth +44 370 333 1181
Close to Bramham Park, Stockeld Park is another country house estate open to the public. Offering a variety of exciting seasonal attractions, there’s plenty here to keep children entertained all year round with adventure playgrounds and boating activities in abundance. Keep your eyes peeled for special activities around Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
Stockeld Park, Harrogate Road, Wetherby +44 1937 586101