Tropical World Leeds
Tropical World at Roundhay park, Leeds is one of the UK's most popular garden tourist attractions and home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens.
Each year over a million visitors discover exciting new worlds, alien landscapes and exotic plant life - all in the heart of Leeds.
Tropical World refurbishment works Spring 2013
Work has recently been completed on the first phase of a major refurbishment of Tropical World. These changes include the new purpose-built crocodile enclosure, plus a new children's party and educational area.
The Terrapins take it easy during the refurbishment works at Tropical World - May 2013.
Click on any of the images of Tropical World, Roundhay Park below to start your guided virtual tour...
Tropical World Opening times & Charges
(as published by Leeds City Council January 2011):
10am until 6pm (last admission at 5:30)
10am until 4pm (last admission at 3:30)
(Tropical World is closed Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year's day. It also closes early on Christmas eve and New year's eve with last entry being at 1.30pm for closing at 2pm.)
Tropical World Prices and Admission charges
"From 1st April 2013 the following entrance charges to Tropical World came into effect"
Entrance fee including VAT @ 20%
Adults : £3.40
LeedsCard : £2.70
‘Extra’ cardholders : £1.70
Breezecard : £1.70
5-15 year olds : £2.30
Under 5’s : Free
Tropical World: Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
REMEMBER ADMISSION TO ROUNDHAY PARK IS FREE, AND OPEN EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR - 700 ACRES OF BEAUTIFUL PARKLAND, WITH FREE PARKING - ENJOY!.
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Adopt a wild meerkat on a South African conservation project! By adopting a meerkat, you are assisting Meerkat Magic, the only conservation project in the world which seeks to protect wild meerkats.
Discover all about meerkats and then simply register the gift by following the instructions.
The meerkat reserve is located in Oudtshoorn, West Cape, South Africa and it welcomes guests for tours at certain times of the year. More details are supplied with your gift box.
The pitter-patter of tiny feet was to be expected as spring approached, and Tropical World in Leeds had some new arrivals with a difference in the form of three new-born baby meerkats..
New Childrens play area for Roundhay Park near Tropical World? - details here.
..where you will find a swamp, humid rainforests, tumbling waterfalls, swirling pools of colourful fish and many exotic plants and flowers.
Continue deep inland to discover many different animals and birds in a natural environment... more
Between 30 and 40 varieties of butterfly may be seen here in within this mature environment of flowering exotic plants and Citrus trees. The types of butterfly change regularly so there’s always something new to spot... more
The largest fish in Tropical World lives here, the Niger Catfish (Pseudoras Niger) from South America. Also to be seen are Pacus, which are related to Piranha, Tiger-skinned Shovel-nosed Catfish, Red-tailed Catfish and even a Giraffe Fish! Once a week this tank is cleaned from the inside by a keeper... more
This area of Tropical World has been used as a set for film and television, even for a pop group video! The Australasia House is home to a huge variety of plants, including the rare Jade Vine. Terrapins laze around their pool. Large ferns line the winding path leading from the large waterfall... more
Lizards, Spiny Mice and snakes, yes plus Tortoises and the Boss Monitor. The Water Dragon and Degus stare back at the visitor undaunted by all the attention. See if you can count how many ring markings the tortoises have on their shells, this is how you can tell their age... more
In the moist heat of the Amazonian environment created here you’d be forgiven, if on hearing a high pitched whistle, you were to look away from the pool for its source. Not so, look again to the pond where White Faced Whistling Ducks enjoy confusing the unsuspecting visitors... more
Plant, animal and bird specimens from the arid areas of the Americas and South Africa are to be seen here in the Desert House. Canaries, Weaver Birds and Finches skit about amongst the cacti and succulents. Don’t miss the incredible Meerkats as you enter the Desert... more
These Crocodiles are normally found in forest freshwater lakes, swamps and ponds of Mexico, Belize and northern Guatemala. Now they can also be seen in the swamps of Roundhay!
Fully grown they may reach over 2 metres from snout to tail, the three crocs at Tropical World are already 2 years old but still have a few years until they reach full adult size, at which point they will be moved into the pond in the South America House.
Here you can make purchases from a large selection of gifts or memorabilia to remind you of your visit. There is a wide variety to choose from catering for all tastes and to suit all budgets, from postcards to pottery, from toys to things to treasure.
Here in the aviaries are the Cotton Top Tamarinds, Ring Tail Lemurs and another chance to see some of the collection of Koi Carp and Goldfish.
The Millennium Bell at Tropical World / Canal Gardens
In the raised courtyards overlooking Coronation Gardens is a bell tower constructed in the year 2000 to house an old bell which has been part of the Park for many years. It rang every evening to let people know the Park was closing until it was damaged, and for years it lay unused, but now repaired, it tolls again - a lovely reminder of the Parks long history in the new millennium.
Tropical World has announced the opening of the newly redesigned Explorers Café which provides the perfect opportunity to relax with friends and family in refurbished imaginatively themed surroundings.
Explorers Café opening hours
Winter 10:30am - 4pm every day
Summer 10.30am – 4.30 weekdays, 10.30 – 5pm on weekends.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day AND NEW YEARS DAY
This exciting new facility offers a new counter service, new toilet facilities and a large screen monitor was announced by the owners, so you can watch the Meerkats** play whilst you tuck into some of the tasty ranges of organic and fair trade produce available.
The Explorers Café includes a Rainforest, a 1940’s gentleman’s club and an airport departure lounge of the period. The centre piece of the Café is a fragile packing crate containing a very unhappy animatronic creature waiting to be transported by air to Tropical World.
The redesign has incorporated many suggestions made by visitors over the years, including greater accessibility, family friendly environment, excellent toilet facilities and increasing the organic range of treats available.
BABY MEERKATS AT TROPICAL WORLD, ROUNDHAY LEEDS..
The pitter-patter of tiny feet was to be expected as spring approached, but Tropical World in Leeds had some new arrivals with a difference in the form of three new-born meerkats.
The popular visitor attraction in Roundhay has seen its first success as part of a new breeding programme with three baby meerkats born to a female who was brought in to Tropical World from the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
The trio are the first meerkats to be born at Tropical World in over 10 years, and with the gestation period for a meerkat being short at 75 days, the animal keepers are hopeful of seeing this success repeated with more new arrivals later in the year.
The baby meerkats are just the latest in an exciting group of new arrivals to Tropical World in recent months. Recently a rare albino Burmese Python which measures approximately 11 feet long and a Yellow Anaconda which is almost five feet long arrived from Scotland.
This was followed a month later by the arrival of three young Morelet’s Crocodiles which have proved hugely popular with visitors of all ages as for the first time ever a Leeds visitor attraction is home to three resident crocodiles!
Morelet Crocodile at Tropical World
Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome these wonderful new baby meerkats for everyone to see and hopefully they are the first of many.
“Together with the new snakes and the amazing popularity of the young crocodiles, Tropical World is better than ever in terms of being a great place to visit for all the family. A lot of hard work has gone into bringing these exciting changes about but everyone can see it has been well worth it and hopefully there are even more to come!”
Ask driver for the stop at Roundhay Park, Tropical World is about 200 yards from the bus stop.
Roundhay Park is on the 2 and 12 circular bus route. Buses number 12 (Blue Line) take the most direct route via Oakwood. Buses on route number 2 (Red Line) go a longer way via Moortown Corner.
Bus Routes 2, 12 Roundhay Park or Moortown depart from New Market St., New Briggate in Leeds City Centre Daytime every 10 minutes, Sundays & evenings every 20 or 30 minutes
Extra buses are allocated when there is a major event on in Roundhay park