Leeds has something for everyone:
Leeds has always been one of the UK’s busiest and most lively cities, but it has so much more to offer than its famous nightlife and rich heritage. Uniquely positioned in between the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales, Leeds is a bustling city that can also provide unrivalled drives into England’s most cherished nature reserves. Whether you want to experience the greenery of the Yorkshire Dales, or travel back in time to the 1930s-themed Yorkshire Moors Railway, the city of Leeds is a great starting point.
Stunning Victorian-era architecture:
At the peak of the industrial revolution, Leeds was the manufacturing capital of the world. Many of the Victorian-era buildings are still in use, and among the most impressive of these sites is Leeds Town Hall. Built in the 1850s, this remarkable building hosts regular concerts and events that make it as exciting today as it ever was. Alternatively, Hyde Park Picture House has barely changed since opening its doors in 1914. This uniquely Victorian cinematic experience also provides some of the city’s most affordable cinema tickets.
You can discover a truly ancient part of the city at Kirkstall Abbey. This site dates all the way back to 1152, but its ruins are stunningly well preserved. With events including haunted tours and an outdoor cinema, the Abbey is a real crowd-pleaser. Just a 20-minute drive from the Abbey and bypassing the Headingley area is Harewood House. This magnificent Grade One listed country house, built in the 1760s, is perfect for afternoon tea and a stroll through the immaculate gardens.
Family fun at Roundhay Park:
For family-friendly activities in the area then you could complete your day out at Roundhay Park. It’s 20-minutes on from Harewood House, and the park contains the ever-popular Tropical World. This selection of exotic animals on show, and the immersive nature of the attraction, will be sure to capture the imagination of all visitors. Alternatively, and for families that love a physical challenge, Yorkshire’s first Go Ape course is roughly a 15-minute drive on from Roundhay Park.