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Tropical World
Ranked #9 of 159 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tropical World at Roundhay Park is one of the most well-loved family attractions in Leeds and only three miles from the city centre. At Tropical World you can take a trek through the rainforest; stopping off briefly in the outback of Australia before a quick excursion through the desert, and all in the same morning! It is home to some old friends that include rare birds, crocodiles, butterflies, bats, spiders, snakes and the meerkats - the cutest family in Leeds. It re-opened in March 2015. This follows some stunning renovations that include the aquarium area transformed into a new Amazon themed zone where you can see new residents including piranhas and salamanders.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 8, 2013

This attraction is only a short ride by car, bus or taxi to the east of Leeds city centre. A few years ago it was free entrance but now the council run venue cost a modest sum to visit. There are various 'rooms' where different exhibits can be seen:
Meerkats in a glass-sided desert enclosure (no, not dressed like Aleksanda and Sergi !), reptiles in glass cases, masses of butterflies flying in a hot jungle-like room, tanks with fishes and other marine creatures, water features and many exotic plants.
Inevitably all this leads to a Shop where toys, books and other items can be purchased. Close-by there's a cafe, pub and restaurants, so several hours can easily be spent here.
It is also immediately opposite another major Leeds attraction - Roundhay Park - acres of space to wander around and two lakes, a cafe and a mansion house.

Thank Burleyboy
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Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

We have been to Tropical World a number of times over the years, but it has now got to the point where it really needs refurbishments!

Some of the fish tanks were so dirty you couldn't see the fish and the snakes were kept in displays far to small for them.

There used to be lovely waterfall in the middle, but even that is now a building site with no indication it will ever open again!

On the plus side, the prices are very reasonable and the kids loved the meerkats!

Thank Taffbowen
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

This is a really good day out, particularly with the kids. There is lots to do including the watching butterflies, snakes, fishes, ants, birds, spiders etc. There is shop to get some mementos, a cafe and Roundhay Park next door.

Thank rickydoodah1
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Excellent value for money, £3.40 for adults we went with work (special needs).There are butterflies (big ones), flying about you, birds, reptiles, meerkats. A souvenir shop with friendly staff. The environment is very humid and we had problems with that (due to some one with breathing difficulties) so be aware of that, but ideal on a cold day. It is wheelchair friendly (for normal sized wheelchairs only) and easy to get around I would.deffo go again..

Thank Mark N
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

The creatures in here are interesting. A rare sanctuary in a city environment. Would entertain most people, kids and adults, with an interest in wildlife. I can't help but think however it's a big opportunity missed. It should be maintained better. Tanks should be cleaner. Less focus on charging ridiculous prices in the souvenir shop, for which very few people will pay, and more focus on improving the experience so more people will return.

Thank paullei
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