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A good day out for all
Roundhay Park (Leeds)
Member Name: chickiepoo
Roundhay Park (Leeds)
Advantages: a good day out with lots to do
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.
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.
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.
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.
This has a club house and perfectly maintained greens, ideal for if you just want to have a nice relaxing day playing Bowls.
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.
Summary: Be careful
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