When visiting Leeds, be sure to pay a visit to the green oasis of Roundhay Park. It covers more than 700 acres of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens, making it a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nearly a million people visit each year, yet it’s far from crowded. The park is the ideal place to enjoy a picnic, go for a walk or just enjoy the sunshine during the summer. It’s located just 5 kilometres from the centre of Leeds.
One of Europe’s biggest city parksThe vibrant green pastures of Roundhay Park date back to the 11th century, when the space was used as a hunting park. It passed into public hands in the 1870s and was officially reopened in 1872, after extensive landscaping. Today, you can wander through themed gardens such as the Monet, Alhambra and the Friends of Roundhay Gardens. Here you can enjoy sparkling fountains and fresh flowers set in stunning scenery. There are even gardens made especially for the blind, with scented plants and braille inscriptions. At the Canal Gardens you can explore a grassed area of mature trees and flower gardens along the lake; or visit the Walled Garden, originally built as a vegetable garden.
Visit Tropical WorldRoundhay Park has more to offer than just beautiful flowers, canals and trees. It’s also home to Tropical World, one of the UK’s most popular garden tourist attractions. Visit the butterfly house and aquarium, and find birds, reptiles, meerkats, bats and more inside the grounds. Children can also enjoy two playgrounds and a land train service on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Stop by the Lakeside Café for some lunch and enjoy the majestic views of the park.
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