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Child friendly things to do In Leeds

Are you a parent or carer and looking for child-friendly activities to do out and about in Leeds?


Are you a parent or carer and looking for child-friendly activities to do out and about in Leeds?

Look no further then, as we've rounded up lots of fun for you and your little ones to get up to in Leeds on any budget!

Leeds City Museum & Gallery

The Leeds City Museum & Gallery is a great day out for people of all ages! Free admission is available and they host regular events, including a free weekly craft session, Tiny Tigers, for the under 5's!

The Royal Armouries Museum

If you're into history, The Royal Armouries Museum is the home of the UK’s national collection of arms and armour and is free to visit.

Leeds City Art Gallery & The Tetley

Leeds Art Gallery and The Tetley are absolutely worth a visit for young aspiring artists! Check out both local and national art for free, and get involved with their kid's and toddlers' activities including Tiny Tetley Studio and Makers Lab!

Leeds Central Library

For little bookworms, Leeds Central Library is the place to be! They've got specialist departments for art and music, as well as a cafe, baby changing facilities and a lift for buggies & pushchairs!

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm & Tropical World

Get to know some new friends of various species at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm & Tropical World! Check out their websites for their very reasonable admission prices, including free entry for children under 2!

Left Bank Leeds

Left Bank Leeds is a fantastic community space with lots to offer, including a cafe with a pay-as-you feel menu range, and free toddler takeover sessions every Monday!

Leeds Owl Trail

Set out on a voyage across history on the Leeds Owl Trail and discover the unique history behind all twenty-five owls situated across Leeds! Download a free map of the trail here or pick one up for a pound from Leeds Visitor Centre located under Leeds Art Gallery!

Hope Pastures

If you've got a little equestrian on your hands, the Hope Pastures Sanctuary is the ideal day out. Visit the home of rehabilitated horses, donkeys and ponies for free, however pay-as-you-feel donations are accepted to help with costs for the centre!

Leeds Beckett Outdoor Trail

Over on our Headingley Campus, we have a free walking trail that spans across the whole of our stunning campus! Check out the route here!

The Hive

If you're looking for a bite to eat on campus with your little ones, look no further than The Hive, where kids always eat for free!

Woodhouse Skatepark

For skaters, scooters & bikers, Woodhouse Moor has a free-to-visit skate park for all ages!

Temple Newsham

Visit Temple Newsham to discover a working farm and historic house on a sprawling country estate surrounded by scenic parkland! Check out their upcoming events to find out what's on, and visit their grounds and play area for free!

Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey is one of England's best-preserved Cistercian monasteries located just outside of Leeds City Centre and is accessible by both car and bus. They host regular adult events such as markets and food festivals, as well as school holiday activities. Kirkstall Bridge Inn is also a short walk away if you're looking for a spot of lunch!

Rainbow Junktion

Rainbow Junktion is a community pay-as-you-feel cafe and food bank currently running 3 times a week in Hyde Park, Leeds.

Leeds Water Taxi

Jump on board one of the yellow water taxis, for a 15 minute trip down the canal, from the train station to the Royal Armouries Museum for just £1 per person, per journey. Children 5 and under travel free!

Merrion Street Gardens Play Area

If you're shopping in the city centre and need somewhere to let your little ones run off some steam, visit the Merrion Street Gardens Play Area, a small park and gardens in Leeds City Centre, situated on the southeast corner of Merrion Street and Wade Lane, adjacent to St John’s Church.

For more suggestions of days out including free activities for kids in Leeds, check out Yorkshire Tots!