18th November 2016
Roundhay is made up of two main parts, Street Lane, at the top end of the park, and Oakwood at the bottom. Roundhay park in between has famously been a venue for artists including Madonna and Robbie Williams in its time. The park still does play host to some events, such as The Magical Lantern Festival this winter.
The park is one of the most popular parks in Leeds and covers 700 acres of parkland, a beautiful lake and woodland areas. There are also two playgrounds to choose from and a few cafes, including the Lakeside cafe. Over the road from the main park is Tropical World, which has the largest collection of tropical plants outside of Kew Gardens. Tropical World is also home to meerkats, terrapins and a butterfly house – a great day out for children and adults alike.
Street Lane is home to various shops, bars and restaurants. From Co-op to Sainbury’s Local, a few banks and independent retailers, one notable shop being Philip Howard Books LTD. Eateries include Pizza Express, The Olive Branch (Turkish/Mediterranean cuisine which also do great cocktails!), Banyan bar & restaurant (part of the Arc Inspirations chain) and the locally renowned San Carlo Flying Pizza.
For a quiet drink or for some hearty food try The Deer Park, with a great food menu and elegant styling, or The Roundhay Fox, a cosy, more traditional pub with a roaring fire during the winter!
At the Oakwood end of the park, the Oakwood Farmer’s Market meets at the Oakwood Clock once a month with local produce on offer. Tesco superstore can also be found on Roundhay Road. Seafood restaurant Stew and Oyster is also on Roundhay Road and was a welcome addition to the area.