Parks In Leeds You Need To Visit Whilst Here For Uni

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Name something better than taking a stroll around a park in the crisp Autumn weather, wrapped up warm with a woolly hat, scarf and gloves? Hard – right?

There’s just something so tranquil about getting outside of your student accommodation, away from all the fuss of deadlines, no matter what weather!

Whilst living in Leeds for uni, you’re blessed with a variety of different parks and scenic areas right next to your accommodation!

We’ve done our research and gathered a list of our top parks in Leeds you need to visit! 

Keep reading below to find out more…

1. Roundhay Park

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Covering over 700 acres of parkland, lakes and woodland, Roundhay Park is one of the biggest in the whole of Europe. What’s better? It’s right on your doorstep!

With nearly a million visitors every year, this is a popular park amongst locals, students and tourists!

When it comes to looking for things to do here, you’ll never be stuck for ideas…

Not only is it a fantastic place for walking, running or even meeting your pals, they are the proud home of Tropical Park, Leeds’ most loved Zoo! 

So, if you’re feeling like spotting a Meerkat in its enclosure, or watching the fish swim by in the aquarium, this should defo be on your bucket list whilst at uni.

Aside from this attraction, Roundhay Park has playgrounds, a skate park and sports pitches ( football, rugby, cricket, tennis, grass cycling track)…what’s not to love?

We guarantee you won’t just be visiting here on a one off, its one of those parks in Leeds you just won’t be able to get out of!

Customer Reviews

‘Had a fantastic walk around Roundhay Park today in the sunshine and even stopped for Yorkshire Ice cream. Lovely to see that the lake has been cleaned up since our last visit and it is a brilliant gem in the city! Would highly recommend it!’

‘Lovely, big and clean. Well pathed and a lovely little playground. Several free car parks, a cricket green, a flower garden, a small and a large lake to walk around,  small wooded area with a cute fairy house and more!’

2. Temple Newsam

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Being home to one of the finest historic houses in the region, Temple Newsam is a must visit whilst here for university. 

Stretching over 1500 acres of parkland, there’s SO much to explore here, whether it be on your own or with your new flatmates.

The gardens have been landscaped by the famous 18th century gardener – Capability Brown –  you’re bound to fall in love (we promise!). 

If you’re looking to explore the home, you can at just a small price of £7.25 – what a bargain!

Increase it to £10.30 if you’re interested in popping to the conservation farm. An animal lover’s dream, if you’re asking us!

Customer Reviews

‘Brilliant place to take the dogs, with plenty of routes to take you can make the walk as long or as short as you need. Unlike Roundhay park, Temple Newsam doesn’t get as crowded so I prefer it. Overall a brilliant place to go!’

‘Temple Newsam is a really beautiful place. The farm is great and always has been and the playground inside of the farm is really good and well kept. The whole grounds are always well kept and there are plenty of walks that can be had around the grounds. A beautiful area of Leeds ?’

3. Woodhouse Moor

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Situated right in the heart of Leeds city centre, Woodhouse Moor will be your neighbour during your time at uni (if you choose to go with one of our central Leeds student properties!)

It’s a tree-lined community space with sports fields, tennis courts and a playground for you to enjoy.

The area is fantastic for scenic walks, a quick picnic, or even a snowball fight in the winter months. C’mon, who DOESN’T love a good snowball fight?

All in all, this park may not have much in terms of its predecessors in this list, but it’s a stunning walk and you’re guaranteed to feel relaxed after a busy day of uni!

Customer Reviews

‘Its a very big park and grass area, a group of us played rounders and had a BBQ there, had a brilliant afternoon.’

‘An amazing green space for walks!’

4. Beckett Park

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Beckett Park is Leeds’ residential area, bordering Headingley, West Park and Kirkstall. 

It was named after Ernest Beckett, the 2nd Baron Grimthorpe (if you have an interest in history, you’ll probs have a little clue who this is!)

Again, this park is small, but extremely mighty! 

There’s lots of grass for you to relax, especially in the summer months when you’re able to grab a picnic blanket and read your fave book.

What makes this park even better is its location. Being right next to Leeds Beckett University campus, you can take a leisurely stroll here between lectures…what’s not to love?

Customer Reviews

‘Lovely big park. Open spaces and trees. Bins throughout that appear to be emptied regularly. Paved and painted paths for walking and cycling.’

‘Lovely park near home. Always nice to have a walk there. Plenty of grass fields, also tennis courts accessible to anyone.’

5. Park Square

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Park Square is a traditional Georgian park, located in Leeds’ financial quarter!

It’s surrounded by a plethora of Georgian buildings, which are occupied by business offices.

The grassy area is a serene place to sit and relax, whilst being surrounded by foliage and blooming trees.

We love it, and just know that you will too! 

Customer Reviews

‘It is such a serene place to sit and relax. Also a book in hand is the best way to pass your time in here. Definitely recommend this place for peace loving gentry.’

‘Absolutely lovely. The rose gardens are amazing. The grass is pristine such a beautiful clear place. Would not have thought I was in a city centre… Probs my fav place in leeds’

We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of the best parks in Leeds to visit whilst here for uni! There’s so many stunning places for you to check out – so keep this list bookmarked for your next visit. After a relaxing stroll in the park, why don’t you grab a bite to eat? We’ve listed the top 10 to save you some time…check them out here!