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Meerkats, fish, birds and butterflies, what more do you want?!
Tropical World (Leeds)
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Tropical World (Leeds)
Advantages: Cheap, parking and location. Huge range of animals to see.
Disadvantages: Hot inside, might need to be carful with young kids.
It's an often said phrase around Leeds that tropical world believe it or not is one of the country's top 10 visited tourist attractions! I am not sure if that is actually true or not be it certainly is a fantastic place to visit.
First things first it is located about 3 miles from Leeds city centre; it can be reached by 2-3 buses from town. Ask driver for Roundhay Park, tropical World is 200 yards from the bus stop
Roundhay Park is on the 2, 2b, 12 circular bus route. Buses number 2b & 12 go the most direct route. Buses number 2 go the long way via Moortown Corner
Bus Route 2, 2b, 12 Roundhay Park or Moortown From New Market St. New Briggate Daytime every 10 min's, Sundays & evenings every 20 or 30 minutes
Extra buses are allocated when there is an event on in Roundhay Park
If you are coming by car it is literally 5mins off the ring round the runs around Leeds. A huge benefit to Roundhay Park and tropical world is the amount of free parking around the area. A large car park is located 100 yards down the road; street parking literally just outside the entrance is also possible! So no excuse not to get there.
Once arriving at Tropical world you walk through some formal gardens that are worth a look around. You also pass a number of large cages with animals in. The main entrance if via the gift shop just past the cafe.
The current costs for entry are:
Children (aged 8 - 15yrs) £2
Under 8's Free
Leeds/Breeze Card Holders Free (Leeds cards are a must for any locals, you can get all sorts of discounts and free entry to museums etc, including Temple Newsam)
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Summer (BST) 10am until 6pm (last admission at 5:30)
Winter (GMT) 10am until 4pm (last admission at 3:30)
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day
One thing you will notice as soon as you enter is the HEAT! It is really warm, when I went last week it was well into the 40's and I guess this is why it is called tropical world. T-shirt's only in here or you will really suffer! Please make sure you don't overdress kiddies or babies.
As you get used to the heat wave you pass a number of 'creatures' in glass cases, these varied from snakes, frogs, insects etc. the room then exits into the Butterfly area, which is a walkway through an large indoor area where there seems to be a huge amount of butterflies flying around. The butterflies do come and get very close to you; sometimes they even land on your body so beware if you are not keen on them to rush through this part.
Next large section is a forest environment with waterfalls, huge plants and trees. The main noises to be heard through here are birds. Lots of different size shaped birds both flying about and hiding in the forest areas. The walkway is very solid timber and weaves around the whole place which means it's easy for babies to be taken around and safe for kids of all ages to walk around.
If you have survived the birds then you now enter a few sections with large fish tanks and snakes pits. A variety of tropical fish and frogs can be seen very close here.
The toilets are located here as it is about halfway through the centre. Also some cold drink machines! They don't miss a trick with everyone dying of the heat in this place.
Now we enter the desert area. A number of birds and insects can be seen mulling around the huge open area but the main attraction that gets the most press and interest are the meerkats! Lots and lots of them, staring, keeping lookout, chasing each other, showing off, all sorts of fun they seem to be having. The walk way spirals all around them so there are plenty of places to get really close and observe them.
Down we go via the path into the dark (well almost pitch black) rooms where I am told it had lots of bats and other creatures that loved the dark. Sadly my little baby wasn't too keen on the darkness so I pusher her quickly through the tunnels.
The path out leads past all the attractions you passed coming in but the other side. I would say it took us around 40mins to walk through at a fairly brisk pace. It was hot and with a young baby we didn't really want to spend more time inside.
I enjoyed seeing some really rare birds, butterflies and animals. The beauty of tropical world is its all inside and you can get very close to a lot of them. The gift shop is rather small but fun and there are lots of places in the gardens to picnic or why not try lunch at the cafe on the corner or a cheeky pint at the pub opposite.
Summary: Cheap family fun full with lots of entertainment for all.
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