Explore West Yorkshire’s extensive collection of stunning parks. Delve into the RSPB’s St Aidan’s Nature Park, one of Leed’s best kept secrets and a stunning exploration into West Yorkshire’s wildlife. Covering 400 hectares, follow trails through sprawling wildflower meadows, enchanting woodland glades alongside whispering reedbeds, around lakes and ponds, and towards beautiful panoramic views.
Once a cast mine, the park is steeped in history, but is now more of a natural haven than an industry hotspot. Take advantage of amazing views as you take in wonderful wildlife – from bitterns and black terns, to avocets and skylarks. Head to Roundhay Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world with over 700 acres of parkland, lakes and woodland to explore. Take in the National Plant Collections, Canal Gardens, the Monet and Alhambra Gardens, plus Tropical World (also known as Butterfly Gardens and Butterfly World) which attracts visitors all year round.
Travel just minutes from Leeds city centre to explore 500 years of history and 1500 acres of scenic parkland. Find countryside tranquillity in the city, as you roam through Temple Newson’s stunning woodland, parkland and gardens landscaped by the famous 18th century gardener Capability Brown. Enjoy a picnic in the lakeside gardens, or the scent of roses in the romantic Georgian walled garden. See national plant collections, stunning herbaceous borders and striking seasonal displays in the glasshouse.
One of the finest historic houses in the region, explore its abundance of treasures, with over 40 rooms of Chippendale furniture, silver, ceramics, fine art, and wallpaper. Discover royal history as you uncover the stories of those who lived here, learning how generations of one family developed the house over 300 years. Stroll along our historic cobbled yards, explore traditional buildings and experience the sights and sounds of recreated workshops – including the timber yard and sawmill.
Delve into Harewood House, one of the Treasure Houses of England which sits at the heart of Yorkshire. Built in the 18th century, explore the house’s art collections that rival the finest in Britain. Enjoy contemporary art exhibitions, a rare bird garden, and over 100 acres of exquisite floral gardens. Feel inspired from the moment you arrive, as you soak up the house’s art, culture and heritage which continues to develop and thrive today.
Discover York Gate Garden, a magical one-acre garden and one of the finest small gardens in the country. Widely recognised as an outstanding example of 20th century garden design, this beautiful garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens in contrasting styles, each with its own theme. Explore hidden pathways, streams and an extensive collection of flowers – from herbs to grasses to summer-flowering perennials.