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21 Epic Leeds Days Out You Can Do on the Bus

· Andrew Emery · Culture

Get your fill of fabulous days out.

Tropical World

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Hop on board for beer brewing, biking and axe throwing – Leeds has never had so much for you to do!

Looking for something to do in Leeds? Look no further! There are more options for wonderful days out than ever before. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for an activity with your partner, a fun afternoon with your mates or somewhere to whisk the kids to burn off some energy – you’ll find it on this list. Even better, you can get to every attraction on the bus for a bargain price. Single tickets are just £2 on the app or you can Tap on Tap off the bus all day long with the price capped at £5.20!

Rise to the top at Clip ‘n Climb

Clip 'n Climb Leeds

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With 32 different climbing challenges, Clip ’n Climb has something for absolutely everyone. Got kids in tow who are ready for their first ascent? It’s perfect for them. If they fancy something a little more challenging, they can try the tricky ice pick climb. Clip ‘n Climb is super-safe – you’ll get a full briefing before you start – loads of fun, colourful and varied, so you can easily spend a whole day here. Don’t leave without giving the nine-metre Vertical Drop Slide a go.

Clip ‘n Climb, Unit 3, Tristam Centre, Brown Lane West, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6BF. Take the 4 (Pudsey Line) to Clyde Approach, Wellington Road. Plan your journey now.

Aim for the high score at Arcade Club

Arcade Club

This incredible time capsule of video game history just happens to be one of the best days out you can have in Leeds. You pay a one-off fee on entry – £16 for adults, £8 for kids or £40 for families – and you get the run of three floors of vintage and modern arcade games. Get bang up to date with the Luigi’s Mansion game or discover retro classics from your childhood. There’s even a console section, a Sega zone, a bar and a cafe.

Arcade Club, Unit 3, Abbey Retail Park, Savins Mill Way, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3RP. Take the 33 or 34 (Kirkstall Line) to Kirkstall Lights, Kirkstall Bridge Road. Plan your journey now.

Swing from the trees at Go Ape

Go Ape Temple Newsam

The epitome of family-friendly fun, Go Ape at Temple Newsam is all about climbing through the treetops on rope bridges and buzzing around on zip wires. You can take on the Treetop Challenge Course with its Tarzan swing and thrilling free-fall plummet. Little kids can get in to the swing of things on the Treetop Adventure, while the Plus track is ideal for bigger kids over six. It’s so much fun you might just decide you want to live in the trees.

Go Ape Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AD. Take the 19 to New Temple Gate or 19A (both Headingley Line) to Colton Lane at Laurel Hill Avenue. Plan your journey now.

Take a walk on the wild side at Tropical World

Meerkats Tropical World

Even the inescapable monotony of a certain advert couldn’t dull the world’s love for meerkats – head to Tropical World and get ready to be charmed by the little blighters all over again. That’s not all there is to see – you can also meet snakes and lizards, scorpions and frogs, while the Butterfly House is a riot of colour. After you’ve met the fauna, take some time to explore the flora of Roundhay Park itself, or as much of the 700 acres as you can.

Tropical World, Princes Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2ER. Take the 12 (Roundhay Line) to Roundhay Park or 2 (Moortown Line) to Street Lane adjacent to Park Lane. Plan your journey now.

Discover art at Sunny Bank Mills

Sunny Bank Mills

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While many old mills lie dormant and fall into disrepair before coming back to life in a different guise, Sunny Bank Mills is still run by the same family who operated it during the Industrial Revolution. Today it’s buzzing, with studio spaces for local artists and a gallery where you can see their work. But that’s not all – there’s a beauty salon, a kid’s playgym, perfect pizza at Grumpy’s and a range of small independent shops for jewellery, crafts and more.

Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ. Take the 16 (Pudsey Line) to Farsley Cenotaph. Plan your journey now.

Enjoy axe-throwing action at TimberJacks

Whether it’s a birthday, stag, hen do or just something to do with your mates – there’s little in the world more fun than flinging an axe. Who knew? Head to TimberJacks and you’ll soon be lobbing axes at targets and aiming for that elusive bullseye. It’s like being a viking, but with apples or the chance to soak your mates with a game of axe roulette. And with less pillaging, obviously. Sessions start at £20 per person, with discounts for parties.

TimberJacks, Flexspace Unit B2, Burley Hill Trading Estate, Burley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2PU. Take the 33 to Kirkstall Road or the 50 (both Kirkstall Line) to St Michael’s Lane, Burley Road. Plan your journey now.

Roam the rink at Planet Ice

Get your skates on and you’re guaranteed an ice time at the city’s premier rink, Planet Ice. You can book to go on a public skate, on a rink with plenty of space, or get lessons if you’re a bit shaky on the skates. If you’ve got a budding Jayne Torvill or Christopher Dean in the family, they do show skating sessions where they can learn all the moves. Are you an ice hockey fan? This is the place to go to follow the Knights, the city’s pro team.

Planet Ice, Planet Ice Leeds, Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 0EY. Take the 1 (Beeston Line) or 51 (Morley Line) to Elland Road. Plan your journey now.

Step in to the past at Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

Not many buildings survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries, but even Henry VIII couldn’t entirely eradicate Kirkstall Abbey. The 12th-century remains are atmospheric – some say haunted – and a brilliant place to wander around. On a sunny day, take a picnic to the park, gaze in admiration at the ruins or head to the visitor centre for a bit of history. There are events galore, including a deli market the last weekend of every month.

Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3EH. Take the 33 or 34 to Abbey Road, or the 50A (all Kirkstall Line) to Morris Lane opposite Morris Avenue. Plan your journey now.

Puzzle your way to freedom at The Escapologist

The Escapologist

There are puzzle rooms… and then there’s The Escapologist. While the four different rooms here aren’t the most fiendish challenges you’ll ever take on, they’re wonderfully themed, leading to an immersive experience as you battle against the clock. The Gunpowder Plot takes you back to the Guy Fawkes days, The School of Wizardry is perfect for Harry Potter fans and there’s Alice in Wonderland and Sherlock Holmes to get to grips with too.

The Escapologist, White Rose Shopping Centre, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8LU. Take the 3 or 3A (White Rose Line) or 12 (Middleton Line) to the White Rose Shopping Centre. Plan your journey now.

Uncover history at Leeds Industrial Museum

Leeds Industrial Museum

This superbly repurposed old mill is now home to the Leeds Industrial Museum, a fabulous family day out with loads to get stuck into. Get an up-close look at vintage spinning wheels and looms, discover the history of Leeds’ garment trade in the Tailoring Gallery and take your seat in the Palace Picture House – a tiny but gorgeous 1920’s cinema. Workshops and other regular events are a great way for kids to get involved.

Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2QF. Take the 33 (Kirkstall Line) to Kirkstall Road opposite Willow Road. Plan your journey now.

Take a dip at Ilkley Lido

Ilkley Lido

Nowhere is as impossibly picturesque as Ilkley Lido. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the moors, it’s as beautifully scenic a place as you could ever wish to take a dip in. There’s a 45-metre outdoor pool, with a 25-metre indoor pool in case the weather isn’t being kind. Add in a sun terrace, cafe, putting green, tennis courts and all you need is an ice cream for summer perfection. Huzzah – there’s an ice cream van there too!

Ilkley Lido, Denton Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0BZ. Take the X84 (Headingley Line) to Railway Road. Plan your journey now.

Meander down the Meanwood Valley Trail

Meanwood Valley Trail

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You’re only ever a quick bus ride away from gorgeous greenery here in God’s Own County. If you feel like walking off the cobwebs, head out to the Meanwood Valley Trail, a seven-mile stretch that links Golden Acre Park to Woodhouse Moor. It’s kid-friendly, but also a lovely place for couples to stroll hand-in-hand. You’ll pass an aqueduct, magical woodland carpeted with flowers and you should be able to spot some local wildlife too.

Meanwood Valley Trail, Woodhouse Moor Car Park, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS6 1BJ or Golden Acre Park, Off Arthington Road, Bramhope, Leeds, LS16 8BQ. For Meanwood, take the 1, 6, 8 or 27 (Headingley Line_. For Golden Acre Park, take the X84 or 85 (Headingley Line) to Leeds Road. Plan your journey now.

Create your own beer at Wetherby Brew Co.

Wetherby Brewery

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Drinking beer is all well and good, but have you tried brewing your own? Get yourself to Wetherby Brew Co and you can spend half a day making your own concoction. The package includes the brewing experience, breakfast and lunch, a beer tasting – of course – and even a gift pack to take with you. You’ll use proper commercial equipment to make a beer of your own design, and they’ll even put it to the taste test by serving it in their taproom bar.

Wetherby Brew Co., York Road Estate, York Road, Wetherby, LS22 7SU. Take the X98 to York Road or X99 to West Gate at Raby Park. Plan your journey now.

Go wild in the water at Yeadon Tarn

Yeadon Tarn

If you’re in search of adventure and don’t mind getting a little damp while you’re at it, get to the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre in Yeadon. Operated by Leeds City Council, it’s an action-packed world of watery delights. Choose from sailing, open canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, rafting, stand-up paddle boarding and more, all out on Yeadon Tarn. If you want to really get your water wings, they offer a range of official courses.

Leeds Sailing & Activity Centre, Yeadon Tarn, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7UR. Take the 34 (Kirkstall Line) to High Street at Windmill Lane. Plan your journey now.

Change up a gear at TeamSport Go Karting

TeamSport Go Karting

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Blasting down straights at 40mph, dodging past your pals on tight corners, flying over the, erm, flyover – go karting is a whole heap of fun. At TeamSport, you can indulge in everything from knockout laps to time trials, qualifying heats to an F1 experience. If you’re on your own or in a small group, a 50-lap race is a great way to challenge your friends. Heck, you can even head up to the podium to collect a trophy if you’re the winner.

TeamSport Go Karting, South Accommodation Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NQ. Take the 12 or 13 (Middleton Line) to LCC Printworks, Hunslet Road. Plan your journey now.

Clamber over the Cow and Calf

Cow and Calf Rocks, Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

These two grand old rocks tower over Ilkley, and visiting them is a rite of passage. The views once you’ve reached the top are breathtaking, with incredible vistas in all directions. Use it as the jumping-off point for a ramble – there are a number of fine walking routes nearby. You can really make a day of it by heading for a pint at The Cow and Calf pub, which is just across the road. This 19th century hostelry serves up quality pub food.

Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8BT. Take the X84 (Headingley Line) to Valley Drive. Plan your journey now.

Take aim at iCombat

iCombat

iCombat takes laser tag to the next level. In fact, make that several levels up. It’s the closest you’ll come to a real life version of Call of Duty, with authentic-feeling infra-red M4 guns that actually recoil and need reloading. You can go free-for-all or take on mission objectives – get shot and you might have to wait to respawn, while that hiding place you find for yourself might not be the secure vantage point you think it is.

iCombat, 164 Armley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2TY. Take the 72 (Bradford Line) to Armley Road opposite Pickering Street. Plan your journey now.

Put your Ninja Warrior skills to the test

Ninja Warrior

Have you been inspired by the Ninja Warrior TV show to see if you’ve got what it takes to overcome the obstacles on their course? Head to Ninja Warrior UK Leeds and you’ll soon see the difference between armchair punditry and reality. It’s actually a great way to workout, loads of fun with friends or kids, and you can stick to the easy stuff, or get competitive and push yourself to your limits. Just be prepared to fall – a lot.

Ninja Warrior, Temple House, Ramshead Approach, Seacroft, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 1NH. Take the 4 to Seacroft Green Shopping Centre or 16 (both St James’s Line) to North Parkway at Eastdean Gate. Plan your journey now.

Bask in beer glory at Springwell

Springwell

North Brewing Co’s Meanwood home is one of the best places to grab a beer (or five) in all of Leeds. What could be better than working your way through their acclaimed range with a cold beer in one hand, a bao bun in the other? Well, how about a brewery tour? You can go behind the scenes to see where the nectar is made, along with a tutored tasting mere centimetres from where they were brewed. Tours take around 90 minutes.

Springwell, Buslingthorpe Lane, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2DF. Take the 1 (Headingley Line) to Leeds University Stop C, the 7A (Meanwood Line) to Mexborough Street or 52 (Meanwood Line) to Ridge Road. Plan your journey now.

Make medieval mayhem at Combat Archery

Archery

Archery is normally quite a sedate pastime, firing arrows at targets in the middle distance. That’s not what happens at Combat Archery, oh no. Here you’ll be sending your arrows in the direction of your mates or ‘loved’ ones – you’ll be happy to know they’re foam tipped. Hide behind barricades and hunker down in inflatable bunkers – just make sure you keep your safety mask on before it all gets a bit Hunger Games.

National Archery Centre, Redcote Lane, Off Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AW. Take the 33 or 34 (Kirkstall Line) to Kirkstall Road. Plan your journey now.

Marvel at the Thackray Museum of Medicine

Thackray Museum of Medicine

If you’ve got a penchant for gore, a day at the Thackray Museum of Medicine could be just what the doctor ordered. Okay, so it’s not exactly a horror show, but this brilliant, acclaimed museum certainly doesn’t shy away from the reality of Victorian medicine. From operations in the 19th-century operating theatre to a sexual health clinic from the 1970s by way of remarkable medical innovations, it’s an eye-opening place to go.

Thackray Museum of Medicine, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7LN. Take the 4 (St James’s Line) bus to Beckett Street. Plan your journey now.