Taken over by Leeds City Council in 1928 on a 999 year lease for use of leisure activities by the Leeds inhabitants, Gotts park is a great place to explore.
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Things to Note
Gotts Park has the following on-site or nearby:
- Nearby Food & Drink
- Nearby Shops
- On-site Food and Drink
- On-site Toilets
- Rubbish Bins
Bordering Armley park, Gotts Park is two miles west of Leeds city centre and is around 74 acres of grass, woodland, and a rolling golf course. It is located alongside Stanningley Road in Armley, a short drive from Leeds city centre.
It’s the perfect place for a relaxing day out. Gotts park gives local residents and visitors amazing views over Kirkstall Valley.
Things to Do
You can enjoy a picturesque walk through the woodland and canal side trails or have a picnic on the open grass areas. There is also a privately run golf course on site.
If you are looking for some intense training, consider walking across the path to Armley park and have a go on the ‘Killer Steps’. These are 161 Victorian steps, at a length of 0.08km. That may sound short but they can provide a real sweat! Great for working out your bum and core. To find out more, take a look at the information on Armley park.
Within a couple of minutes drive you will also find the Leeds Industrial Museum , The Climbing Lab and Armley Leisure Centre. Cardigan Fields is also a short drive away and has a cinema, bowling, Laser Zone, a trampoline park and a wide range of food outlets.
The area was originally owned by a merchant, Thomas Woolrich, and the grounds were sold to him by Thomas White in the late C18. Benjamin Gott, who the park is named after, was a prosperous cloth manufacturer. He bought the land in 1803 and lived there until his death in 1840.
During Benjamin Gotts life, Humphry Repton was consulted in 1810 and produced a Red Book, ‘Armley House near Leeds in Yorkshire’. Some of the proposals made in this book were carried out. The land stayed in private ownership until 1928 when it was acquired by Leeds City Council. It is now a golf course and public park. Gotts Park Mansion (now the gold club and cafe), formerly known as Armley House, is a Grade II listed country house.
For a more detailed history, historicengland.org.uk is a great place to go.
There are toilet facilities available within the Gotts Park Mansion. Within around 10 minutes walk from the park you will find a Tesco Express and a Wilko’s along Stanningley Rd or just a bit further up you have shops such as Savers and Poundland on Town St.
Along Kirkstall Road, just a short drive away from the park there is also a large Morrisons store, an Asda supermarket and Cardigan Fields. There is also Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Centre located on Bridge Road if you are looking to further indulge in some retail therapy.
There are bins situated near the car park to dispose of any waste.
Food and Drink
You can enjoy breakfast or brunch dishes whilst admiring the scenic views at the Gotts Manor Tea Room located nearby the car park within Gotts Park.
Some of the highest rated pubs nearby include the Kirkstall Bridge Inn and The West End House, both being dog friendly and have an outdoor beer garden. The Cardigan Arms is also very popular offering a relaxing atmosphere in a historic Victorian pub. The Travellers Rest is also close to the park and has many great reviews.
There are some great finds if you are looking for restaurants within the area. Around Stanningley Road you have Sambuca Armley serving a selection of Italian dishes.
Gotts Park has a free car park located just off Armley Ridge Road (LS12 2QX). As well as there there is free parking available along Redcote lane, the other size of the canal. Postcode for Redcote Lane is LS4 2AL.
How to Get To Gotts ParkGoogle Map Directions
Bramley Train Station – (1.7 miles) 4 min drive and around a 33 min walk from here. You can also get the bus 72, X11 and X14 for part of the journey.
The closest bus stops to Gotts Park are Gotts Park Avenue and Gotts Park View going along Armley Ridge Road and just a few minutes walk from the park (Bus route 14).