8x tips for a nice day out in Leiden with the whole family

From Duinrell you will be in Leiden in no time. Leiden is called ‘the City of Discoveries’ and with a reason, because there is plenty to discover and experience. We are happy to give you tips for a nice day out for the whole family.

How do you get from Duinrell to Leiden? 

From Duinrell it is about 20 minutes by car to Leiden. In the centre you can only park for a fee. If you do not want to go by car or do not have a car with you? Then you can also go to Leiden by public transport. Within 35 to 50 minutes you can reach Leiden Central Station from Duinrell. There is one direct connection. There is a bus stop at a 19-minute walk where a bus goes directly to Leiden Central Station. You can also take the bus at the bus stop at Duinrell. That bus goes to The Hague. From there you can take the train to Leiden. Click here to plan your trip. From Leiden Central Station it is a 10-minute walk to the Shopping street. Are you in a sporty mood and would you like to go by bike? Of course you can do that too! It takes about 35 minutes by bike from Duinrell to the centre of Leiden. Would you like to cycle, but you did not bring a bike? Then rent a bike at Duinrell bike rental.


Transport within Leiden

A number of places of interest are within walking distance of each other, but would you rather use public transport? Then take the bus. The buses drive regularly in the city centre and they go to almost all sights in the city. Check in with you public transport card or buy a ticket on the bus with your debit or credit card. Plan your trip via the website or the app 9292.For further travel information, please contact the Arriva OV Servicepunt.


Address of the service point: Leiden Stationsweg 26





Museum Naturalis

Explore the renovated Naturalis museum with the whole family. The museum is fun for all ages. In the various museum rooms, you'll get to know nature from the past. There are dinosaurs, fossils, plants and much more. Besides seeing and experiencing, there is also plenty to do. For example, there is a question box in each room, where you can answer all your questions.


Practical information: Naturalis is open daily from 10 am to 17 pm. Tickets can be purchased at online pr at the ticket counter in the museum itself. Park in one of the Naturalis car parks. Parking costs 7.50 euros per day. Naturalis is about a 12-minute walk from Leiden Central Station.

Address: Naturalis has two entrances. Darwinweg 2 is the address if you come on foot or by public transport. If you come by car or bike, the address is Mendelweg 2. 


Leiden Canal cruise through the canals of Leiden 

Enjoy floating through the beautiful canals of Leiden. Who wouldn't want to do that? And the great thing is that during the canal cruise you will also learn more about Leiden. You can listen to an audio guide during the cruise. The cruise takes about 55 minutes. 


Practical information: The cruise days and times vary from month to month. Click here to view the times and to buy your tickets. 

Address: Blauwpoortshaven 5, 2312 EL Leiden 




Have you always wanted to know what the human body is like? Then CORPUS is for you! In 55 minutes you make a journey through the human body. With an audio tour you walk through the body. From the knee to the brain. At the end of the journey you can go through the interactive part at your own pace. Play games and do tests and learn more about the human body. 


Practical information: The minimum age for this museum is 6 years. It is important to book your tickets in advance. CORPUS works with time slots, so you have to book for a certain time. CORPUS is open from Tuesday to Sunday. During holidays and public holidays the museum is also open on Mondays. The first trip starts at 9.30 am and the last departure at 5 pm. Park in the CORPUS car park. Parking costs 7 euros. Click here to buy your tickets

Address: Willem Einthovenstraat 1 Oegstgeest


De Valk

Have you always wanted to know what a mill looks like inside and how it works? Then be sure to pay a visit to the mill museum de Valk. De Valk is a mill dating from 1743. The mill has been transformed into a museum. Learn about the history of windmills and see how the owners lived there. 


Practical information: The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 17 pm. On Sundays the mill is open from 13 pm to 17 pm Tickets can be bought at the ticket office. Click here to view the entrance fees. You can park your car in the Lammermarkt garage. Parking is paid. From Leiden Central Station it is a 5-minute walk to the windmill.

Address: 2nd Binnenvestgracht 1 


Hortus Botanicus

Hortus Botanicus is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands. The gardens are about 4 hectares in total. So you can walk through it and enjoy the many plant species. There is also an exhibition where you can learn more about astronomy.


Practical information:During the summer months, the gardens are open from April 1st to October 31th. During these months the gardens can be visited every day from 10 am to 6 pm. During the winter months, the gardens are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm Click here to buy your tickets.

Adress: Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ Leiden



Leiden market

Every Saturday you can stroll along the dozens of market stalls in the city. They have everything. From fish to candy and from clothes to bags. Would you like a cup of coffee or a hot chocolate? Then sit down on one of the terraces adjacent to the market. There are also a few terraces on the water where you can sit comfortably.


Practical information: The market is held every Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm. The market is on the Botermarkt, Vismarkt, Aalmarkt and Nieuwe Rijn. The market is free to visit.


Shopping in Leiden

Shopping till you drop?! Then you've come to the right address in Leiden! With more than 650 shops you can shop all day long. In addition to the well-known shops, Leiden also has small and fun boutiques and other shops selling traditional products.


Practical information: Opening hours of shops: Monday and Sunday from 12 pm to 17 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 6 pm Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm and on Saturdays from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Please note that some store hours may vary, so please check the opening hours of your favourite stores in advance so you don't end up in front of a closed door.


Christmas market

If you are staying at Duinrell during the Christmas holidays, then Leiden is even more worth a visit. There is a Christmas market on the canals of Leiden. Yes, there is a Christmas market on the canals. Leiden is the only large and floating Christmas market in the Netherlands. On the market there are over 80 stalls with all kinds of Christmas items, delicious snacks and much more.


Practical information: The market is free to visit. The market is located on the Nieuwe Rijn. It is also possible to make a round trip. However, there are costs involved.



We wish you a lot of fun in Leiden!

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