Discover west Yorkshire as never before on one of our hot air balloon rides launching from Temple Newsam Country Park. This impressive Tudor-Jacobian mansion boasts 500 years of history and landscaped grounds designed by Capability Brown waiting to be explored. It serves as the perfect location to set off from for our Leeds balloon rides offering the chance for views of both town and country.
To the south of Temple Newsam is Skelton Country Park, a nature reserve of lakes and woodland on the edge of the city of Leeds.
Since its origins as a market town, Leeds is now the fourth largest urban economy in the country with a host of attractions the whole family will enjoy.
The Royal Armouries Museum, a short distance from the city centre at Leeds Dock, is home to Britain’s national collection of arms and armour with over 75,000 pieces.
For shopping, you can’t go far wrong with a visit to The Corn Exchange. Based in the oldest part of the city, a beautiful Grade I listed oval building is home to some of Leeds finest independent boutiques and cafes. Throughout the late 19th century it played an important role in the day to day life of Victorian Leeds with the sale of corn, wheat and barley. Today however, it welcomes shoppers looking for something that bit different from the normal high street brands.
The Henry Moore Institute located in the city centre is world-recognised as a centre for the study of sculpture. It was set up in 1977 by Henry Moore himself to encourage the appreciation of this art. It hosts year round exhibitions and conferences and has a research centre and extensive sculpture archive.
Seeing the skyline of this important city from your Leeds balloon ride is sure to be impressive and unforgettable.
Around 30 minutes to the south west of Temple Newsam Country park is Thwaite Mills Watermills. It’s one of the last remaining examples of a water-powered mill in Britain and is open for visitors to discover how the workers lived and worked through guided tours.
The patchwork of fields and woodland that surround Temple Newsam Country Park give a distinct contrast to the urban developments’ meaning your Leeds hot air balloon ride really will give you the best of both worlds.