Lotherton Hall is one of those places I remember being taken to as a child but in adulthood it’s somewhere I rarely go.
Having young children means parents often have to think of interesting places to take their off-spring, not just to burn off some of their seemingly endless energy but also to give you a change of scenery too.
If, like me, you’ve neglected this oasis of calm on the outskirts of Leeds, then it’s well worth a visit, even with the £5-per-head charge just for getting in.
There is, of course, the famous bird garden, which proves just as good in winter as I expect it does in summer.
There are all kinds of birds here for the little ones to be enthralled by, not least of which is the South American Andean Condors: huge, magnificent birds who have to be seen to be believed - they stand as tall as a man and have a wingspan of something like 10ft.
The condors have a big enclosure and seeing them in person is certainly something children will remember.
That’s not to say the other inhabitants at Lotherton Hall aren’t worth a tweet or two. There are birds here from all over the world including pink flamingos and owls.
There are also plenty of information boards dotted around the place to keep you full of after-dinner factoids to impress your friends with.
Bird garden aside, there’s a decent cafe serving solid dishes like pie and pieas, fish n chips etc and there’s a good play area where the kids can run free and burn off even more energy, all of which means, if you time it right, they will fall asleep in the car on the way home and you can put them straight to bed.
Price: £5 per adult, children under five go free, other concessions apply.
Opening times: see website, link through Leeds City Council
Address: Aberford, Leeds
Car Parking: Paid-for on site
Attraction Website: www.nrm.org.uk
Telephone: 0113 281 3259
Sat Nav: LS25 3EB