Roundhay Road Roundhay, Leeds LS8 4AR
Covering over 700 acres of parkland in the northeast of Leeds, Roundhay Park is one of the biggest city parks in Europe. It features gardens, walking trails, lakes and playgrounds. Roundhay Park is one of the most popular attractions in Leeds. Almost 1 million people visit the park each year.
The park contains a mansion, 2 lakes (the Upper Lake and Waterloo Lake), a tropical garden, an arena for live music, a geology trail and an entire golf course.
The lakes are open to the public, allowing you to partake in sailing, canoeing and fishing. The 33 acre Waterloo Lake took 2 years to build and was built by soldiers returning from the Napoleonic Wars (hence the name).
Within Canal Gardens, on the northwest of the park, you will find Tropical World. This series of temperature-controlled glasshouses represents different climates from around the world.
It holds the largest collection of tropical plants in the UK after Kew Gardens. The main building, Coronation House, is named from the original 1911 building, the year of the coronation of George V.
Tropical World also has a butterfly house and several aquariums. You will also find birds, reptiles and many other animals, including a group of meerkats. Tropical World’s nocturnal house is home to night time creatures such as bats.
The southern end of the park has a deep hollow. This was meant to be a third lake, but it was never filled with water. Instead, the space was converted into a sports arena and later, an outdoor music venue.
This was the location of large concerts by The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Ed Sheeran. In the summer, it is used as a cricket pitch.
Roundhay Park has so much to do, you could easily spend the whole day there. It is easy to forget that you are in one of the UK’s largest cities. And that’s what makes it one of the best parks in Britain.