If Old MacDonald really did have a farm, it’s fair to say he’d be jealous of this one.
Temple Newsam’s Home Farm is, well, home to an impressive array of rare breed animals.
As we stepped through the gates, we were greeted by two gorgeous ponies who were more than happy to enjoy a quick stroke.
They are great examples of the rural residents’ friendliness to visitors – whether it’s one of the giant turkeys putting on a show or the little piglets frolicking about.
The variety of animals from around the world is brilliant for kids and there were plenty of youngsters about aside from our two-year-old Liv and her little friend Owen who were captivated by some huge, colourful turkey clearly loving the attention.
It gives them chance to pet (where appropriate), feed and learn about them and there’s always something a bit magic about introducing the kids to animals.
The pedal-powered tractors for the kids are winners, located on the way down the hill, and further on you will find yet more sheep, goats and other farm favourites.
A bigger play area has opened near the main courtyard and entrance to the farm, which is definitely worth exploring too.
For history and opulence, Temple Newsam House has bundles of it – home to old artefacts and interesting works of art.
Its grounds and gardens are a thing of beauty and if it’s dry, great for a picnic.
A tip is to head for the relief car park, a short walk but free. For a day out close to home and affordable, it certainly has animal attraction.
Price: Adults from £3.20 (see website)
Opening Times: 10.30am to 4/5pm
Address: Temple Newsam Road, Leeds
Car Parking: Various on site
Attraction Website: www.leeds.gov.uk/TempleNewsam
Telephone: 0113 336 7560
Sat Nav: LS15 0AE
For more days out see www.yorkshire.com