Just because it’s raining outside, doesn’t mean you can’t have a marvellous day out in Leeds…
Rainy days can be a challenge – on the one hand, you don’t want to be cooped up indoors looking miserably out the window, but on the other, well, it’s pouring down. Fear not, because these cool indoor activities will change all that. From skate parks to cocktail masterclasses, museums to cinemas, you can have a great day out, without getting your umbrella out.
1. Leeds City Museum
Leeds City Museum has an endless trail of astounding history that’s just waiting to be discovered across its four floors. There’s everything from Egyptian mummies to Iron Age tools, Roman artefacts to Greek pottery, not to mention a Collectors’ Gallery full of people’s weird and wonderful collections and oodles of insight into Leeds’ long history.
Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH.
2. The Works
It doesn’t matter if you’re the next Tony Hawk or have barely picked up a skateboard in your entire life, a day out at The Works skatepark is ideal for making the best of the bad weather. They put on sessions for all skill sets as well as offering introductory courses, while it also welcomes those who would rather go crazy on their ramps using BMXs, inline skates and scooters.
The Works Skatepark, Kitson Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NT.
3. Jackrabbits Pottery
Pottery isn’t an easy skill to crack, anyone who has watched Ghost will know that, but Jackrabbits in Oakwood is offering folk, young and old, the chance to learn a few new skills by decorating your own pottery in their studio. In fact, Jackrabbits is unique, because it’s Leeds’ first paint your own pottery shop, so you get to design it as you wish, but under the watchful eye of the expert staff who’ll be there to lend a hand.
Jackrabbits Pottery, 633a Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4BA.
4. Oxygen Freejumping
With over 100 interconnected trampolines, it’s no wonder Oxygen Freejumping has become a hugely popular Leeds attraction, and it’s bound to put a spring in your step on those rainy days. Jump and bounce your way along their trampoline, but that’s not all – their centre includes an obstacle course, foam pit, dodgeball, jumping runway and an airbag. The main sessions are for over 5s only but if you’ve got toddlers or kids with learning difficulties to entertain, they have special, tailored sessions so everyone can get involved.
Oxygen Freejumping, Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS4 2DG.
5. Jungle Kids
This one is solely for the little ones, but the smile on their faces once they’re inside Jungle Kids will be completely worth it. It’s a soft play centre based in Armley, where the kids can let off a chunk of steam on their slides, crawl tubes, cargo nets, ball canyon, dizzy disc, and ball pools, while you get a bit of peace and quiet over a coffee in their cafe.
Jungle Kids, Unit 2, 12 Whingate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 3BL.
6. Henry Moore Institute
Named after one of the greatest artists in the field, the Henry Moore Institute is a world renowned exhibition space and research centre for sculpture. On those miserable days, there are few things more inspiring than wandering around the gallery, discovering the creative inventions of different sculptors. They also hold regular exhibitions, bringing the work of world-class sculptors to the people of Leeds, alongside workshops and discussions.
Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AH.
7. Roxy Lanes
Nestled above Bond Street, Roxy Lanes is the perfect place to go on rainy days in Leeds. It’s a cool as heck bar, but it also has a four-lane bowling alley, so you can challenge your mates to a game, while working your way through a few beers. Their Eat & Bowl package is where it’s at, so bag yourself a game of bowling with one of their tasty pizzas or scrumptious burgers, all for £15 offpeak or £18 on peak.
Roxy Lanes, 1st Floor Podium, Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.
8. Thackray Medical Museum
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If you don’t mind a bit of gore with your history, why not get out of the terrible weather and into the intriguing surroundings of Thackray Medical Museum? The former Leeds Union Workhouse is now a shrine to all things medical, showing off the remarkable discoveries that have helped improve people’s lives, as well as some of the more primitive techniques used back in the day. Oh, and it’s got its very own Victorian slum street, which is very cool.
Thackray Medical Museum, Beckett Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7LN.
9. Armley Mills
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One of the most important remnants of Leeds’ industrial past, the Armley Mills Industrial Museum was once the biggest woollen mill in the world. Now, it’s a fine way to spend a rainy day, with everything from looms to printing machines standing giving you a glimpse into city’s past. They also have a range of old school locomotives and a fully functional 1920s cinema.
Armley Mills Industrial Museum, Canal Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2QF.
10. Temple Newsam
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Set amidst 1500 acres of parkland, woodland and gardens, Temple Newsam is one of the grandest buildings you’ll find anywhere. The Tudor-Jacobean house was built at the start of the 16th century, and was occupied by various members of royalty up until 1922. It’s now been restored, with rooms showing what it was like to live there way back when, as well as endless displays of stunning artwork and furniture.
Temple Newsam, Templenewsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.
11. The Maven’s Cocktail Masterclass
Want to learn how to mix a cocktail like a pro? You can book a cocktail masterclass at The Maven when and for as many people as you want. You’ll be given a detailed talk on what goes into making the perfect cocktail in their classy Hendricks Bar, as well as a history of the spirits you use and the little things that will make your concoction taste amazing – oh, and of course, you get to drink it too.
The Maven, 1-3 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH.
12. Royal Armouries
Get out of the rain and into one of the best museums anywhere in the UK. The Royal Armouries showcases over 8,500 objects from the National Collection of Arms and Armour. It covers everything from tournaments to hunting and self defence, with plenty to keep you entertained. They also hold regular exhibitions and events, giving you a great reason to plan a return visit.
Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1LT.
13. Everyman Cinema
Rainy days are the perfect excuse to head to the pictures – so why not make a day of it with a trip to Everyman Cinema in Trinity Leeds. Their screens are blessed with extra comfy seats, but that’s just the start, because you can have a pizza delivered to your seat, as well as enjoying a drink or two while you watch the latest flick.
Everyman Cinema, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
14. Team Sport Go Karting
Why not swap the car for a kart? Leeds is home to a huge indoor go kart track just minutes from the city centre. Team Sport offer up a state-of-the-art 580 metre track, the longest in Yorkshire, and 270cc LPG karts with a flyover, hairpin bends and electronic timing. They have a range of sessions that are suitable for all skill sets, whether you’ve been doing it for years or have never driven before – it’ll make you forget all about the weather outside.
Team Sport Go Karting, South Accommodation Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NQ.
15. Bramley Baths
Well if it’s wet outside, why not treat yourself and get wet inside by visiting one of the most historic swimming baths in the city? Bramley Baths were built in 1904 and are a fine example of the Victorian style bathhouses you don’t see much of anymore. It’s a cracking pool with plenty to offer whether it’s for you or the little ones, while they also have a gym and steam room on site too.
Bramley Baths, Broad Lane, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 3DF.
16. Red Hall Plant Nursery
One for the green fingered folk who can’t get out in the garden when it’s pouring down, a drive out to Red Hall Plant Nursery is definitely in order. It’s here where they grow over 3 million plants a year that help brighten up the city’s parks, roundabouts, flower beds and school grounds. You can mooch around seeing what they’ve got coming up, while garden plants, gardening tools and bird food and feeders are available to buy to take home.
Red Hall Plant Nursery, Red Hall Estate, Red Hall Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 8NB.
17. Lotherton Hall
The gardens at Lotherton Hall are worth a visit in their own right, but they’re not the only reason to visit the Leeds attraction. The country house is home to an impressive collection of art, and it also hosts exhibitions throughout the year. If you’ve got the little ones, there’s plenty to keep them entertained indoors, from discovery chests to fancy dress, and The Stables Cafe is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and a brew.
Lotherton Hall, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3EB.
18. The Leeds Wall
Instead of moping about the house complaining about the weather, why not get your boots on and head to The Leeds Wall? Anyone and everyone can use The Leeds Wall and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never been before as their expert instructors will be on hand to show you a thing or two, and if you go before 2pm you can bag your session for a fiver which is definitely a bargain.
The Leeds Wall, 100a Geldard Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6BY.
If you’ve got little ones nipping at your ankles, bored because of the rain, get them out of the house and over to Munchkins in Morley. It’s a small play area and gymnasium designed for the children with slides and ball pits, while they have food and drink available all day and even special areas for those under 18 months.
Munchkins, Bank Avenue, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 9JF.
20. Tick Tock Unlock
Who’d have thought getting locked in a room for an hour would be a new craze sweeping the nation? Well it is, and Tick Tock Unlock is at the forefront, inviting groups of three to six to enter their themed rooms, where you’ll have to use all your brain power to conjure up answers to clues. That will eventually lead you to unlocking the door – hopefully, anyway, because who knows what happens if you don’t manage it in the hour?
Tick Tock Unlock, Third Floor, King’s House, 1 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HH.
21. Leeds Theatre Tours
Ever wanted to step behind the scenes of one of the city’s most famous theatres? You can do just that, with a tour of Leeds Grand Theatre, City Varieties or West Yorkshire Playhouse. You can step out of the rain and onto a stage that has seen entertainment legends tread the boards, with everything from comedy to ballet, opera and West End shows. Tours of Leeds Grand Theatre and City Varieties take place on the last Wednesday of the month, while West Yorkshire Playhouse hold theirs on the first and third Saturdays of the month.
You can book a tour with the individual theatres.
22. Leeds Beckett Tennis Centre
Leeds has an indoor tennis centre with a big reputation – and there’s nowhere better to go on rainy days. You’ll find it at Leeds Beckett University’s Headingley Campus, but you don’t have to be a student to take advantage of them. You can try one of four indoor acrylic courts with 60 minutes for £10 all day Saturday and Sunday and before 5pm during the week. It goes up to £15 from 5pm until 10pm during the week.
Leeds Beckett Tennis Centre, Carnegie Hall, Beckett Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3QQ.
23. Oulton Hall
Swap the rainy day blues for a day of luxury by taking a trip out to Oulton Hall. One of the most luxurious hotels in the city, it also has an extensive array of pampering facilities to make the most of. How much or how little you try is up to you, whether it’s a dip in the pool, a detox in their sauna and steam room or even, quite appropriately, their rain shower massage. They also do VIP packages to add a little more extravagance to your day, but whatever you’re looking for Oulton Hall will provide a great rainy day out.
Oulton Hall, Rothwell Lanw, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8HN.
24. Roxy Ball Room
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Alongside craft beer, wines, pizzas and burgers, Roxy Ball Room also have four Sam K pool tables and six ping-pong tables to show off your skills on. But that’s not all, if you really want to forget the rainy weather, head upstairs to their crazy golf course where you can challenge your mates to a game on their safari-inspired course.
Roxy Ball Room, 58 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
25. Tropical World
A perfect spot for a family day out when it’s pouring down outside, Tropical World has so much to offer. From one of the biggest collections of tropical plants anywhere in the UK to some of the coolest creatures you’ll come across, including the likes of red bellied piranhas, meerkats, tarantulas, crocodiles and plenty more.
Tropical World, Princes Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2ER.
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