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Roundhay Park is situated 3 miles north of Leeds City Centre off the A58 Wetherby Road at Oakwood. Alternatively, we are accessible from the A6120 Leeds Ring Road. For more information on the park and its facilities, please call the Visitor Services Team on 0113 266 1850.

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      23.12.2010 12:07

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      Roundhay park is great to go with family espically when it's snowy like now. But when it's not it's just amazing views. Wonderful cafe and beautiful lakes. With paths that take you anywhere. When inwas ten my school went on a trip there. We looked round then we got sent down different paths (with friends) and we had to make our way back with out using the same path. If we did we didn't get an ice cream. So over all. A amazing day out

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      21.10.2009 13:13
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      A pleasant place to visit at any time of the year.

      Roundhay Park was a favourite place of mine during childhood. It's a beautiful park made up of 700 acres of green fields, a lake and woodlands and the home to a mixture of wildlife including, woodpeckers, foxes, roe deer, voles, moles, rabbits and squirrels.

      My recent visit with my 2 children and husband was enjoyed thoroughly because we ended up in their Tropical World, home to tropical plants and exotic creatures and butterflies, which you must visit if you go to Roundhay Park (see my separate review on Tropical World).

      You will find a nice pleasant lake house café which overlooks Waterloo Lake and during our visit we saw people rowing in the lake and wondered if they were practising for the Regatta!

      There were a couple of people fishing and children were enjoying feeding the ducks and swans. There is a long path that follows the lake all the way round and I know that this is a popular meeting place for running clubs and mother and baby groups who meet to walk around the lake and then have lunch in the Roundhay Fox pub/restaurant.

      At the end of the upper lake a waterfall meets the Gorge for a pleasant and peaceful walk along footpaths surrounded by natural woodland that is both refreshing and exhilarating.

      In the Summer the park is an ideal place to go on a nice hot summer day and in the Winter it is great to wrap up warm and walk around enjoying the scenery. In September you can go just to collect the conkers that have fallen from the trees. The vast amounts of space and hills are very appealing for sledging in the snow and flying a kite on a windy day. A picnic in the park and a game of rounders or cricket with my pals on a sunny Sunday is what I have planned for future trips to Roundhay Park.

      A visit in the summer is definitely a must just so my kids can have a ride on the Roundhay Rambler train which runs daily throughout the summer months.

      I must say that I was disappointed with the children's play area. This is a huge park and surely they could have provided a better place for the young children to play in. When I think of the great play parks I have been to I was expecting a lot more. The feedback from my 5-year old son was very negative; he thought the children's play park was boring. If you take into account the available space in the park I really think they could have used some of the £8.2m lottery funding to build a much bigger more exciting play area!

      Whilst in Roundhay Park you must visit the Mansion - years ago this was a great pub but now this grade II listed building is now a visitor centre for the park with a free exhibition area open from 10am - 6pm in the summer and 10am - 4pm in the winter. It is an impressive building inside and out with a fantastic grand entrance and beautiful staircase dominating the entrance of the building. There is a gift shop and public toilets and it is also now a spectacular venue for corporate events, civil ceremonies, wedding receptions, dinners and conferences.

      As we left the path following the lake we climbed up the grassy hill that was scattered with mole holes and stumbled upon the Canal Gardens. There you can sit by the canal and enjoy the fountains. In the spring the lower side of garden is full of crocuses and daffodils and the canal has 3 small jet fountains which my kids enjoyed watching.

      While you are walking around the Park you will come across some great features such as; Barrans Fountain, The Friends Garden, The Alhambra garden. Across from the Barran's fountain you will find the Victorian ornamental shelter so take a rest and enjoy the view.

      Roundhay Park has also been a venue for some great pop concerts. I was there for the Michael Jackson Bad concert in 1988 and the Dangerous tour in 1992 as well as the fabulous Madonna concert in 1987. Previous years have hosted Bruce Springsteen, Genesis and the latest was Robbie Williams.

      It also has a fantastic Bonfire event and firework display every year so if you haven't been to a Roundhay Park bonfire before I highly recommend it. Admission is free and it's not just a bonfire there will be entertainment and lots of stuff for the kids to do.

      Roundhay Park is situated 3 miles north of the Leeds city centre off the A58 Wetherby Road at Oakwood and buses number 2 and 12 from Leeds will take you there.

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      16.07.2009 11:38
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      Fun for all the family, yuong and old

      Great free day out for families with children of any age. Get the picnic packed, throw in a football, bread for the ducks and off you go. The play park is great for all ages, however, slightly limited for the 3 and under bracket. Its main advantage is the safety as it is all fenced in so even when busy you could easily spot if your child was heading for the exits. So much space for ball games and picnics that you are spoilt for choice and even at its most busy you can always find a quiet spot. You can always head for the band stand and have your picnic there if the weather isn't looking great. The band stand's novelty value for very young children tends to work as well. A walk, or bike ride, round the lake is great - flat, buggy friendly, toddler friendly, bike with stabilizers friendly and not too long. There is a cafe by the lake but to be honest we've never found the need to use it. Oh, I said free didn't I - not quite, there is an icecream van and I don't know of a child who can get past one of those without nattering for a lolly or icecream, so a couple of pounds for the icecream treat. You can venture over the road to Tropical World (a good wet weather plan) - reasonable entry price but remember, its tropical, make sure you're not wearing your arctic fleece. Without Tropical World you can very easily spend a full day at Roundhay for the price of an icecream - you can't get much better than that for the summer hols!

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      30.05.2007 12:17
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      well this is just one big park, with lots of different things to do to keep you entertained all day. I have been here many times with my children and they loved it.

      ABIT ABOUT THE PARK

      The entire estate was purchased by the city of Leeds in 1802, and was opened as a public park, by Prince Arthur on 19th September 1872.

      The park is huge with a full 700 acres of Parkland, Lakes and Woodland. The park includes many different activity areas including, tennis courts, skate board ramps, sports pitches, bowling greens, sports arena, golf course, fishing and a cafe that over looks waterloo lake. As you can see it would be very hard not to have a great day with all these activitie areas.

      HOW TO GET THERE

      Buses to and from the city centre, run every 10 minutes, except on a sunday which is every 30 minutes. The numbers 2 and 12 drop you off straight outside the park.

      If you prefer to drive the park is situated 3 miles off Leeds City Centre, off the A58 Wetherby Road at Oakwood, or accessibale from the A6120 Leeds Ringroad.

      DISABLED ACCESS

      Yes this park is fully disabled friendly

      BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SOME OF THE AMENITIES

      CAR PARK AND PLAY AREA

      This is to the West of Waterloo Lake, and the car park is free of charge. The Childrens Park is also free to enter, but to me is abit on the small side for the amount of people that visit, and you will be lucky if your child can get on anything.

      THE CASTLE FOLLY

      Is situated on High Ground overlooking Waterloo Lake, it was one of the last structures by Nicholson in the early 1820's, it was used as a Hunting Lodge and Summer House.

      THE ARENA

      This is used for many special events and concerts, and the likes of Madonna and Robbie Williams have performed there. It has been used for many events which include Party In The Park and Firework Displays.

      THE OLD ROSE GARDEN

      This is a pretty garden, that is lovely to look at. It is a symetrical display of seasonal flowers.

      WATERLOO LAKE

      This was completed in 1815, a pathway goes all round the lake, and many people just go for a leisurly walk around it. But i will stress that you should never leave your kids unattended, as there is no safety barrier at all round the lake, which to say its a family park is pretty dangerous.

      BOWLING GREEN

      This has a club house and perfectly maintained greens, ideal for if you just want to have a nice relaxing day playing Bowls.

      TROPICAL WORLD

      This is situated on the West Boundary of the Park, and does have entry fees, which i will not go into detail in this as they have seperate reviews on this subject, but my kids love it in there and it can be very educational, for them to learn about the different species.

      MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS

      This is absolutley fantastic, as its a cheap day out.kids love it. The big fields are great and i usually play football with the kids, which keeps them really happy, or we just go for a walk round. I do find it alot cheaper to take a picnic. As the cafe does seem expensive. This is a perfect family day out, and i really wouldent reccommend any where else to go in Leeds. I would obviously suggest you only go in summer, as it can get pretty cold. Unless you are going to Tropical World then its lovely in warm.

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      Roundhay Park in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, spans over 700 acres of rolling parkland, lakes, woodlands and gardens and is home to Tropical World, which attracts thousands of visitors all year round. The park is one of the most popular attractions in Leeds, nearly a million people visit each year. It is situated on the north-east edge of the city, bordered by the suberb of Roundhay to the west and Oakwood to the south. Within the park you can find an abundance of wildlife including woodpeckers, common warblers in spring and summer, mute swans, visiting whooper swans, great-crested grebes and herons. Mammals include foxes, roe deer, voles, moles, rabbits and grey squirrels. There are good crops of crocus in spring, followed by daffodils and bluebells and gorse is present in the northern side of the park.