If you are visiting Leeds, then a trip to the green oasis of Roundhay Park should be on top of your to-do list. As one of the biggest city parks in all of Europe covering more than 700 acres of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens, it makes for a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nearly a million people visit each year, yet it is far from crowded. This is the ideal place to enjoy a picnic, go for a walk or just frolick in the sun, located just a 5 kilometre drive from the centre of Leeds.
The green pastures of paradiseThe vibrant green pastures of Roundhay Park date back to the 11th century, when it 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 enjoy wandering through themed gardens such as the Monet, Alhambra or the Friends of Roundhay Garden. Here, you’ll be treated to sparkling fountains and fresh flowers set in stunning scenery. There are even gardens made especially for the blind, with scented plans and braille inscriptions. At the Canal Gardens you can enjoy a grassed area of mature trees, flower gardens along the lake or the walled garden, originally built as a vegetable garden.
Enjoying the tropical Roundhay ParkYet Roundhay Park has more to offer than just beautiful flowers, canals and trees. At the Arnold and Marjorie Ziff Tropical World you can enter the butterfly house and the aquarium, providing a feast for the senses. Inside the tropical world resides birds, reptiles, meerkats, bats and more. Children can also enjoy two playgrounds and a land train service available on Saturdays/Sundays, weather permitting. Stop by the Lakeside Café to grab a tasty treat and enjoy the majestic views of the park.
With excellent public transport links to Roundhay Park available, Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds, is your perfect home away from home. Situated in the heart of the city centre, major attractions such as the O2 Academy and First Direct Arena are both within walking distance. Our hotel staff will be happy to assist in order to make your stay in Leeds a great one.