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Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park

This is more than just a park – it is 700 acres of land containing lakes, specialist gardens, Tropical World, tennis courts, skateboard ramps, sports pitches, bowling greens, a sports arena, a golf course, fishing facilities, a café and more.

Roundhay Park has quite a history to tell. In the 13th century it was hunting ground for the De Lacy family. In the 19th century it was transformed into a country estate, forming many of the features it still has today. The site became a public park in 1872. An outdoor swimming pool, or lido, was built in the park in 1907 and closed in the 1980s.

The park has its own visitor centre to inform members of the public about all the attractions, what wildlife can be found at the site and what facilities there are.

Tropical World is one of Roundhay Park’s popular attractions. In the rainforest section visitors can see tropical birds, butterflies, iguanas, snakes, spiders and insects. There is also a nocturnal house containing bats, monkeys and bush babies, and a desert section displaying meerkats.

The Roundhay Rambler is a road train that travels around the park during the summer, passing some of its significant sights.

There are many specialist gardens at Roundhay, including The Monet Garden, the Alhambra Garden and the walled Canal Gardens.

Many events take part in Roundhay Park, including Dragon Boat racing on the lakes, fun runs, fairs and concerts. Sports events are also held at Roundhay on a regular basis.

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