Many people stumble upon Park Square in Leeds city centre and are surprised to find such a peaceful little spot among the hustle and bustle of the city’s financial quarter. Although only small, Park Square is still a great place to sit and admire the greenery – it’s complete with manicured lawns, bright flowers and fairy-light decorated trees. Every year during ‘Leeds Light Night’, the park is used for some incredible light installations, and it attracts huge crowds. Remember to stop by for a peaceful break when you’re next in the city centre.
It’s not often that you hear a park described as ‘amazing’, but that is exactly what we would call Roundhay. It’s one of Europe’s largest parks, complete with over 700 acres of lush green parkland, gardens, lakes and woods. Among the many beautiful natural attractions, it also has Tropical World, a canoe club, playgrounds, cafes, regular events and festivals, plus much more. When you visit, you can take in the beautiful views of the lake, admire the tranquil canal gardens, or simply sit and observe its hundreds of acres of beauty.
Located just four miles outside of Leeds’ city centre, Rodley Nature Reserve is a former water works. It was commissioned as a nature reserve in the 90s, with the wetlands being dug from scratch from rough grassland. You can now enjoy the beautiful lagoon, witness dragonflies zoom across the ponds and admire the various beautiful species of birds. You can even call in to the visitor centre and pick up a quiz trail guide, making the visit even more exciting.
Kirkstall Abbey is pretty spectacular. Built sometime around 1152, this gothic ruined abbey is the perfect setting for a day of adventures. It’s set in a public park, and it’s perfect for a leisurely wander along the water on a warm summer’s day. Either take yourself a picnic, or wait until one of the many events are held – there’s often food fairs, film screenings and mini festivals.
Just outside Leeds’ city centre is Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve. This beautiful, serene spot is pretty special, as it was formed in the 1990s on top of the old Kirkstall Power Station site. You’d never be able to tell that it hasn’t always been the beautiful meadow that it is today! Walking around you can spot over 180 species of plants, more than 65 species of birds, beautiful flowers… and you might even catch a glimpse of some adorable otters!
This lovely park used to be a privately run amusement park, back in the 1930s. Back then, it had a miniature railway, swimming pool and boating lake! After closing during World War two, Leeds City Council turned it into the beautiful park it is today. We can’t think of a better afternoon than taking a walk around its stunning gardens, admiring the serene lake and spotting the wildlife.