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.
Café and facilities at Tropical World, Roundhay Park Leeds.
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 July 2019):
Daily 7 days a week: 10am to 6pm (Last entry is at 5:30pm)
Holiday opening times:
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, 10am until 2pm (Last entry is at 1:30pm)
Tropical World is only closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
Tropical World Prices and Admission charges
These are the admission prices to Tropical World as published by Leeds City Council in summer 2019.
Entrance fees including VAT @ 20%
Child (5-15) £3.50
(An adult must accompany under 14's).
LeedsCard extra £4.20
Breeze Card £3.50
Max Card FREE
Tropical World: Children under the age of 14 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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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..
..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.
High chairs available
The Café sells hot and cold food and drinks.
Café Opening hours
Winter Hours (GMT time)
Monday to Sunday: 10am to 3.30pm
Summer Hours (BST time)
Monday to Friday: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am to 5.00pm
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.
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.
You can find the First Bus journey planner via THIS LINK
Extra buses are allocated when there is a major event on in Roundhay park