Day trips from Leeds: Where you should visit

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Oct 12, 2021
Day trips from Leeds Where you should visit

A great place to call home with so much to see and do in and around the city, Leeds is an exciting city with plenty to offer. Sometimes though, you need to set your sights a little further afield than the city itself and neighbouring spots such as Bradford and Wakefield. As such, we’ve picked out some of the best day trips from Leeds, catering for different tastes and interests. Why not jot them all down, and steadily tick them off your list one by one?


One of the most attractive and atmospheric cities in the UK, York is only around 40 minutes from Leeds by car and offers countless ways to spend your time when visiting. From York Castle and York Minster to Clifford’s Tower and the National Railway Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre is another great place to check out while you’re within the iconic ancient walls of this historic city. Given it’s not too far away, York is great for coach day trips from Leeds, while trains take as little as 20 minutes too.

Flamingo Land

Only another 40 minutes on from York, Flamingo Land is a great place to head to if you have children. An exhilarating family theme park with an array of rides including roller coasters and slower-paced attractions for younger kids, there are plenty of other activities to keep everyone entertained. This includes animal experiences, where your little ones can learn more about the importance of conservation and looking after the planet’s wildlife.

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

If you’re after a different type of day trip with your kids, or perhaps if the weather’s off, this superb museum is sure to take the whole family on an exciting adventure. Interactive and educational, your children will learn a thing or two while still enjoying a fun-filled day out. And as it’s only around half an hour’s drive away from Leeds in Halifax, you could even combine your visit to the museum with a trip to Ogden Water Country Park for some fresh air and fantastic views.


Not much more than half an hour away from Leeds by road or rail, Harrogate is a charming town with a quintessentially British character. Famous for its spa waters and Victorian bath houses, the Royal Pump Room Museum and the Turkish Baths provide the ideal way to lift the curtain on the town’s rich heritage. The Mercer Art Gallery and RHS Garden Harlow Carr are well worth checking out, while stopping at one of the quaint local cafes for afternoon tea is a rite of passage when visiting Harrogate.


A little further north from Harrogate, Nidderdale and its dramatic landscapes are part of the Yorkshire Dales which provides you with the opportunity to perhaps incorporate a visit to both places. As a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is a wonderful place to head to if you’re searching for Leeds day trips where you can explore beautiful outdoor environments. Whether you’re hiking, cycling or exploring Pately Bridge, the expansive moorland scenery, rolling landscapes and extraordinary Brimham Rocks are a joy to behold.

From suburbs such as Bramley to spots like Dewsbury on the outskirts and neighbourhoods much closer to the city centre, Leeds is a brilliant place to buy a new home. If you’re in the market for a new build property, take a look at our latest developments such as St Andrew’s Place in Morley. Ambler’s Meadow in East Ardsley has a great selection of 3 and 4 bedroom homes with easy access to both Leeds and Wakefield, while Micklefield’s Drovers Court could be of interest if you’re looking for a quieter, village-style place to live.