About our Leeds Toy Shop

Armadillo Toys - is an Independent Children’s Toy Shop.

Our shop is in the busy suburb of Chapel Allerton where you will find lots of other Independent shops, businesses and places to eat too.


Shop Address


112a Harrogate Road, 

Chapel Allerton, 


LS7 4NY. 


Telephone 0113 2667500

There is on free on street parking outside.

We are open 9.30 to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

We close bank holiday Mondays and between Christmas and New Year. 


Where did it all begin.

I opened in 2003 when my children were at primary school. As a mother of 2 daughters I was often disappointed with toys purchased from the major stores. Many a time I was pestered for something with a character on or from a TV advert, and these toys were often poor value for money or poor quality. 


I knew there had to be something better. This was the seed that grew into Armadillo Toys.


Over the years we have always leaned towards toys that have an educational and developmental benefit. A large proportion of our toys have always been wooden, but not exclusively and no matter what the product we always look for good value for money. We've been through many changes over the years but the core ethos of good quality engaging toys is the absolute heart of what we believe in.


Why shop at Armadillo Toys, Leeds.

We are packed to the seams with quality toys we sell the full range of many of our suppliers and if we don’t have it we can often order in specially for you. Many brands we sell you will not find in the major stores and we are often the sole supplier in Leeds. Our website offers a small selection of what you can find in our toy shop too.


We offer a FREE IN STORE GIFT WRAPPING service and we are often used by parents as a one stop shop when on the way to birthday parties. 


We have years of experience selecting the perfect toys for all ages and abilities, this is why many people shop with us. Just come in and tell us who you need a gift for, we are up for the challenge. Often we face the problem of ..Oh they’ve got that already, but we’ve such a huge range we always find something a bit different for you.


Social Media

The best way to keep up to date with our new products, competitions and promotions is to like and follow us on social media.

Of course we need your help too, if you like what we do and want to help us reach more people we would love to help us.

So now more than ever independent shops like mine need your help to survive. It’s great if you can follow us, but Facebook and Instagram need more than that to get our posts seen. 

We need your comments and need you to share our posts, this is the only way we can get our posts seen and not lost in the vast abyss that is social media.


Facebook @armadillotoyshop

Instagram @armadillotoys

Twitter @Armadillotoys


Another way to help us is to leave a Google review, these help boost our website in the search engines.


What do we Sell? Here’s a challenge - say this fast 3 times!

We sell, Baby Toys, Name Plaques, Name Trains, Rag Dolls, Bath Toys, Toddler Toys, Wooden Toys, Educational Toys, Jigsaws, Games, Brain Challenging Puzzles, Craft Kits, Creative Activity Kits, Science Kits, Wooden Train Sets, Train Accessories, Animal Figures, Dinosaur Toys, Fantasy Figures, Farms, Dressing Up Costumes, Animal Puppets, Finger Puppets, Hand Puppets, Wooden Play Food, Pocket Money Toys and much more.



My name is Lisa Clay, I am dedicated to my little shop and have put my all into everything we do since 2003.

This year I was awarded the Ultimate SuperHero Award in the Retailer of the Year Awards by the BTHA British Toy and Hobby Association. I have been recognised nationally by the BTHA, The British Toy and Hobby Association and awarded their Ultimate Superhero Award 2020. 

This years Toy Retailer of the Year awards were different representing " how retailers have shown great spirit and dedication in adapting and shaping their business to help support and provide for customers despite the challenges they have faced throughout the continuing pandemic".

It is a wonderful achievement for an independent shop and I am very proud to be recognised when up against the multiples and larger stores.



I hope you like the Armadillo Toys website. I would be delighted to welcome you to our shop in Chapel Allerton in Leeds. If I am not working you will be in the very capable hands of either Jill or Lisa, Jill has worked at Armadillo Toys since we opened in 2003 and Lisa came along shortly after.