With over 700 acres of parkland and gardens, Roundhay Park is home to a stunning array of gardens and woodland. The Monet Garden, based on the painter's famous gardens at Giverny in France, is home to several winning RHS Chelsea gardens. It also boasts another garden inspired by the legendary Alhambra in Spain. Originally a hunting park for the De Lacy family in the 13th century, the park's Greek Revival style mansion contains the visitor centre allowing you to discover the rich history behind the park. The 33-acre lower lake, built by soldiers returned from the Napoleonic wars and named Waterloo Lake, hosts rowboats and pedalos as well as a lakeside café. The Upper Lake, on the other hand, is home to a great variety of wildlife including swans, herons, deer, squirrels and woodpeckers.
For younger visitors, visit one of the park's two playgrounds, its Skate Park or Tropical World, home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside the Kew Gardens. Marvel at the baby meerkats, crocodiles and other exotic animals as you wander through the lush foliage.
Located just three miles north of Leeds city centre, Roundhay Park is easily accessible by both car and public transport. Buses 2 and 12 from the city centre stop at Tropical World. If arriving by car, exit the A58 Wetherby Road at Oakwood Lane and continue on to Princes Avenue. Free parking is available at both the park and next to Tropical World.
To round off your visit to Roundhay Park, why not visit the rustic Roundhay Fox pub and restaurant, just around the corner from the park? If you're looking for somewhere else to dine, why not take a look at our index of restaurants near Roundhay Park. Use Go dine to browse menus and reviews of other restaurants near Roundhay Park, and book a table online for free! Alternatively, check out our regional pages where you'll find a list of the places to eat close to Roundhay Park and nearby towns such as Chapel Allerton and Headingley. Or if you'd like to explore the city, Go dine also has the best suggestions of places to eat near Leeds city centre.
Did you know the De Lacy family, the original owners of Rounday Park, were granted the land by William the Conqueror as a thank you for their support of the King during his military campaigns?