The Long-Forgotten Leeds Theme Park And Zoo That Only Opened For Six Years


By Kristian Johnson in Leeds Live.


Leeds was once home to a massive theme park based on grand designs from Coney Island in New York.

The giant theme park was built in Golden Acre Park, north Leeds, in March 1932 and opened to huge fanfare.

And while it was built to resemble the impressive amusement parks in America, the privately-run attraction was actually opened as competition to Blackpool’s infamous Pleasure Beach.

Thousands of families flocked to the theme park for days out during the six short years that it remained open.

There was a helter skelter and even a zoo, where visitors could look at exotic birds and animals.

A mile-long miniature railway took people up to the open air swimming pool, which was known as The Blue Lagoon, and ferried them to and from all the rides.


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