Yorkshire's largest city is a cosmopolitan, thriving cultural centre, with art galleries like the Henry Moore Institute, the spectacle of Light Night, historic sights like Harewood House and an array of clubs and music venues to suit anyone's taste. There are also fantastic attractions for kids like the Ilkley Toy Museum and Tropical World, making Leeds a great for a weekend getaway and family destination.
|Must Know||Leeds is the sixth greenest city in Britain with over two-thirds of the Metropolitan district being designated green belt land.|
|Must See||Discover the ruins of Kirkstall, one of the UK’s well-preserved Cistercian monasteries in England. After taking in this medieval sight, enjoy a relaxing riverside stroll in its surrounding grounds.|
|Must Do||The Royal Armouries is a free and popular choice among visitors. Whether you’re a travelling with the family or on a weekend getaway, it’s easy to get lost in the world-renowned collection of over 75,000 objects.|
|Must Eat||Locals love flocking for a good homemade brunch at Hepworth’s. This trendy hole-in-the-wall is the perfect remedy the morning after sampling Leed’s nightlife.|
|Did You Know||24.5 million passengers used Leeds railway station in 2015 making it one of the most popular UK holiday destinations.|
Spending an afternoon meandering through the stalls at this historic market place is a pastime both locals and visitors alike enjoy. From freshly baked goods to local picks it’s safe to say you’ll be spoilt with variety with a the total of 600 stalls.
The perfect day out. Located just north of the city, Harewood House offers visitors vast gardens to explore, architecture to admire and history to absorb. Venture into Yorkshire’s finest historic house to enjoy the exhibitions and displays on show.
Enjoy a scenic walk in the notoriously beautiful Roundhay Park. This piece of heaven is located in the city centre making it easy to get too. Why not pick up picnic ingredients at City Junk-tion, a cafe which sells wasted food, and enjoy the last of the summer weather.
The closest airport to the city centre is Leeds Bradford airport, which operates flights across Europe, particularly with Ryanair and Monarch. To get to the airport from the city centre, visitors can get a taxi, which takes about 20 minutes or take the ‘flying tiger’ bus from the central bus station or the train station.
As one of the country’s largest cities, train services operate to Leeds from across the country. Midland Mainline and East Coast Trains run direct services to Leeds from the extreme ends of Britain; from Plymouth in the south to Aberdeen in the north, and a service from London takes just 3 hours. Other train stations in the city, particularly Burley and Headingley, run services between Leeds, Harrogate and York.
As a rather large city, Leeds has two major bus operators: First and Access. These services provide easy and efficient access around Leeds and its outskirts. There are many taxi providers, and the city is creating more and more cycle lanes and pedestrianised zones each year. To get into the university areas of Hyde Park and Headingley, a train from the central station takes just ten minutes. There is even a bike rental store directly outside the main train station.