Tropical World, Leeds

THEY SAY: One of the UK’s most popular garden tourist attractions and home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens

WE SAY: Good value for money and a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

Due to the low admission fee, I was expecting Tropical World in Leeds to be really small and perhaps a bit naff.

Both my children are under five, so they entered entirely for free and my adult ticket was only £5 – so this was a cheap day out to say the least!

But I must say, it really did exceeded my expectations – from snakes and fruit bats to fish and meerkats, we saw them all.

At the Leeds Council-run attraction you can take a walk through the rainforest, stop off briefly in the outback of Australia, before a quick excursion through the desert – all in the same morning.

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Oliver catches a butterfly!

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My children particularly enjoyed walking through the rainforest and letting the colourful butterflies land on their hands.

It was brilliant to get up so close to them as they flew around in the tropical heat and you can stroll along at your leisure.

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I can now see why Tropical World, which is only three miles from the city centre, is one of the most well-loved attractions in Leeds.

We loved seeing the meerkats through their glass enclosure. We were there at feeding time and she enjoyed watching them dive about for food.

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There’s a new cafe and it’s conservatory overlooks the  Canal Gardens and there is plenty of outdoor seating too for warmer days. See what’s on offer on the menu here.

We were lucky enough to visit on a warm day, so afterwards we sat outside at the café and enjoyed an ice cream, while the kids ran around in the perfectly manicured gardens.

We then crossed over the road and went to the park to burn off even more energy before the drive back.

Roundhay Park is open every day of the year, with free admisson to over 700 acres of beautiful award winning parkland.

Although it’s not a full day out, going to Tropical World is a nice way to spend a couple of hours which can be lengthened by going to the park too.

Tropical World has recently been refurbished, so if you’ve not been for a few years I am sure it is worth another look.

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Parking for Tropical World is on the park’s Perimeter Road, or a five-minute walk away is the official car park, where you can park for free.

I guess the name of the attraction does give it away, but remember, it’s hot inside, so leave coats in the car!

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  • Reviewed July 2015

Need to know…

LOCATION: Princes’ Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 1DF

OPEN: Every day of the year, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. From 10am to 6pm during summer. From 10am to 4pm during winter.

PRICES: Adults: £5. Children aged five to 15: £2.50. Under fives are free.

FACILITIES:

  • Large cafe
  • Baby change

Call: 0113 2370754

VISIT: www.roundhaypark.org.uk/tropical-world-leeds/#anchor_opening_times

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