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Golden Acre Park view down a path surrounded by trees

Golden Acre Park

Impressive 179 acres of parkland. Bursting with a glorious selection of shrubs, trees, flowers and vegetable gardens.

Golden Acre Park view down a path surrounded by trees

One of Leeds finest gems. Golden Acre Park is an impressive 179 acres of mature woodlands and gardens surrounding a beautiful lake.

Located between Leeds popular northern suburbs Adel and Bramhope. Golden Acre Park comes alive with nature’s vibrant colours throughout the Spring and Autumn.

Location Details

Take a look around

  • The main path around Golden Acre Park. Surrounded by grass and trees.
  • Off the beaten track, a worn path through grass at Golden Acre Park
  • Golden Acre Park Path
  • Flowers in bloom during Spring at Golden Acre Park
  • One of the many wooden benches that line the path through Golden Acre Park
  • A path through the woodland at Golden Acre Park
  • The large lake at Golden Acre Park
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Things to Note

Golden Acre Park has the following on-site or nearby:

  • Accessible Toilets
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Parking
  • Dog Waste Bins
  • Nearby Food & Drink
  • Nearby Parking
  • Nearby Shops
  • Nearby Toilets
  • On-site Food and Drink
  • On-site Toilets
  • Parking
  • Pushchair Access
  • Rubbish Bins
  • Wheelchair Access

Location

Abundant with nature and wildlife, Golden Acre Park will awaken the senses. The park is home to an array of wild birds, rabbits and squirrels. Venturing around the park at dusk? You may get lucky and spot the resident deer and foxes roaming.

Golden Acre Park Video

Things to Do

Enjoy the park, and surrounding woods

Smell the roses, stroll in the cherry orchids and wildflower meadows, admire the glorious plant demonstrations and limescale and sandstone rock gardens. Explore the woodland and spot critters in the undergrowth.

Golden Acre Park is a great place for a short walk, whether you head out around the lake (1.5km) or expand it through the woods (2.9km).

Bird watch on the beautiful lakes and listen to the trickle of water in the streams. There are many species of duck, swans, herons and geese to be seen. Although it may be tempting to have a dip in the warmer weather, swimming and fishing are not permitted on the lake.

Golden Acre Park has the largest heather garden in Europe. Visit in late spring and early autumn to see all the colours pop in their full glory.

Golden Acre Park Map

Need help navigating? The map below outlines all major areas of Golden Acre Park.

Map of Golden Acre Park

Somewhere to take the kids

There may not be a children’s play area at Golden Acre Park but there are plenty of paths for cycling. It’s the perfect place to teach little ones how to ride a bike or scoot around. As well as playing ball games on the grass.

Summer Events

Fancy some music amongst the flowers and sunshine? Head down to Golden Acre Park on a Sunday throughout the summer and be entertained with live band performances. Check out Leeds Concert Season for details.

Nearby Attractions

Adjacent to the park is Breary Marsh Local Nature Reserve and Adel Dam Nature Reserve. Take a stroll in the wildlife conservation havens located amongst the tall trees and woodlands. Keep your eyes peeled for Kingfishers.

Volunteer at Golden Acre Park

If you want to help volunteer, get involved with the Wilderness on Your Doorstep project to learn about and preserve the local wildlife. Become a Golden Acre Park volunteer and come along to the park every first Wednesday of the month to help with gardening and conservation, have a cup of tea and make new friends.

Hiking More Your Thing?

Golden Acre Park is the final stop on the 7 mile Meanwood Valley Trail which takes you on a journey of nature’s beauty and Leeds industrial past. Venture from Woodhouse Moor to Meanwood Park through Seven Arches, before arriving at the stunning Golden Acre Park.

For those who enjoy hiking, why not challenge yourself on the  Leeds Country Way. Passing through Golden Acre park Leeds Country Way takes you on a 62 mile circular route through the beautiful countryside of Leeds. The route can be split into 4 main stages Golden Acre Park – Barwick-in-Elmet, Barwick-in-Elmet – Carlton, Carlton – Cockersdale and Cockersdale – Golden Acre Park.

For those wanting a casual stroll, stages can be broken down into three 5 mile parts, each taking approximately 2.5 hours to complete.

Walk the Dog

Golden Acre Park is a great place to walk the dog. The mix of lake and woodland covering 179 acres means there is no shortage of things to sniff, and places to run. There are a couple of places where dogs must be kept on the lead, but these are clearly signposted. Be aware that there are a lot of squirrels here, more than you would expect.

It is worth noting that dogs are not allowed in the café, but on a sunny day we recommend sitting out on the decking (dogs are allowed there – and dog bowls are available).

History

Golden Acre Park was once a privately owned amusement park. Built by Frank Thompsond and opened in 1932 it had a swimming pool, miniature railway, boating lake, zoo and music tower. The grand park however was only open for 6 years before closing due to the looming Second World War. It was taken over by the Council in 1945 and half of the boating lake was filled in.

The park’s swimming pool, the Blue Lagoon, was popular with families and remained open until the early 1960’s. Now a distant memory, it is buried in the woods near the Duck Hut at Wildfowl Lake.

Amenities

Accessible toilets are located in the café for paying customers and in the public toilet block next to the café. With lots of paths to explore and space to roam, Golden Acre Park is the perfect place for gentle dog walks. With acres of land to explore you can adjust the walk to suit your canine’s needs.

Food and Drink

Golden Acre Park has an excellent café on site. For those partial to a cream tea, this is the place to visit. There is a dog friendly patio and the car park is just around the corner. A great place to stop into after a wander around the park.

Take a perch on the many benches and bring along a picnic for the perfect outdoor dining. Fancy a coffee, hot food or an ice cream? Head to the lovely Golden Acre Cafe.

If you want something off site, take a short drive down the A660 and you will find the Lawnswood Arms, offering pub dining and a range of beverages. Or are you looking for a proper sit down meal? How about Tuana Bistro, a Turkish and Greek restaurant serving up a distinct Mediterranean flavour!

Parking

Looking to park at Golden Acre Park? There are two free car parks located off the A660 Otley Road and on Arthington Road. The postcode for both car parks is LS16 9YJ, but they are located either side of the park. Use the links below for exact directions.

  • The Otley road car park is closer to the lake, and Breary Marsh. This car park has six disabled parking bays (Google Map link)
  • The Arthington Road, (or Golden Acre East) car park is closer to the gardens and park area of Golden Acre (Google Map link)

Access

Golden Acre Park is accessible across most of the park for both wheelchairs and pushchairs. Paths are well maintained. The grassy areas tend to be flat and well maintained, but care should be taken if visiting after rain.

The main circular route around the park and lake is fairly flat and suitable for wheelchairs, buggies and bikes. The café has wheelchair access.

For improved access visitors can hire motorised scooters for free from the Bakery Coffee House Café. These must be pre booked before 10am on the day. To book call 01122613064.

How to Get To Golden Acre Park

Google Map Directions

The X84 bus will get you to Golden Acre Park from the City Centre.

Other Locations Near Golden Acre Park

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