10 Things to Do in Leeds for Family Outings

by Ren Nair
Last Update: 17 July 2023

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.

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A great day out without compromise.


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.

6. Grundy Art Museum

The Grundy Art Museum opened in 1911. It’s housed in a historic Grade II listed Edwardian building. The building itself is worth seeing, but since it’s free to enter, why should you not!

The museum is mainly home to 20th and 21st-century art from people from all over the UK.

It does have a fascinating permanent collection. But every time you visit you will find something new to enjoy. That’s because the museum loans artwork from other galleries and holds many exhibitions.

7. South Pier

The South Pier feels like it’s stuck in the past. And everything about it sums up everything great about Blackpool!

From the moment you arrive, you’re greeted with vibrant colours and a carnival atmosphere.

Inside you’ll find funfair rides for all the family, games, and an old-fashioned arcade. So grab your jar of pennies and have fun at one of the best days out in Blackpool!

You’re also much more likely to bump into the welcoming Blackpool locals here.

8. Blackpool Zoo

The Blackpool Zoo is an award-winning family-friendly attraction. So, where better to have a family day out in the city!

The zoo spans over 37 acres of land and has over 1500 animals from all over the world. While you’re here, you can take a walk through nature, then recharge at a cosy cafe.

But the main reason you come here is to see the animals. Come face to face with elephants, the world’s largest land mammal. Along with various birds and a collection of reptiles.

9. Blackpool Tower Eye

If you have a fear of heights, you can be excused. If not, you must experience the dizzying heights if you’re visiting Blackpool!

Luckily, there’s a lift to the SkyWalk, as it’s 158 meters into the sky. It might take some time to get used to, especially walking out onto the glass platform, but it’s all worth it!

The views are stunning. You can admire the length of Blackpool’s beach, and on a clear day, all the way over to the Isle of Man.

If you’re feeling nervous, relax at the Sky High Cocktail Bar before looking across the Irish Sea.

10. Blackpool Tower Dungeon

If you have plans to visit Blackpool, you must already know about the iconic dungeons. It’s not hard to find, as it’s sat beneath the dominating Tower Eye.

Inside are actors dressed in scary costumes. Telling terrifying stories of the nation’s past. Although the experience is very fun and exciting, keep in mind it might be scary for younger children.

Children are welcome from the age of three. But you can always get more information on the Tower Dungeon before you arrive.

Our Favourite Things To Do In Blackpool

For such a small city, it has such a big personality. Whether you come for a UK family holiday or a weekend away with friends, Blackpool has something for you.
Now that you know our favourite things to do in Blackpool, we know that you will have a wonderful time here!

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Hi, I’m Ren, a travel lover a mum of 2 and founder of Keetoo, a  leading website and app for tickets for days out.
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