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Leeds has a wide variety of great attractions – better still, most of them are free! So, whether you’re travelling on your own, as a couple, or with friends or family, you won’t be short of things to do in Leeds.
Spend an afternoon making the most of the city’s beautiful green spaces, many of which have playgrounds, bowling greens and tennis courts. Roundhay Park, one of the biggest city parks in Europe, boasts over 700 acres of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens, while the nearby Breary Marsh is a pretty local nature reserve and a wildlife haven.
Although not free, a trip to a 14-acre working farm just outside of the city centre is well worth a visit, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is a great family day out (£1 for adults, 50p for children). Kids can see the farm animals while adults can scour the organic market garden selling local produce. Another idea is a trip to the Leeds Owl Trail, which marks out unique owls at more than 25 different locations across the city centre.
Leeds is renowned for its architecture, music, sport and television. As well as boasting a rich history, running from medieval times to industrial heritage, the city also has a wealth of museums and galleries for you to explore.
The Leeds City Museum offers a fun, interactive family day out. Delve into ancient worlds to mummies and fossils – you’ll be exhausted by the time you leave! If you want to get up close and personal with your exhibitions, descend 140 metres underground and explore one of Britain's oldest mines at the National Coal Mining Museum.
Art lovers should pay a visit to Leeds Art Gallery, displaying world class contemporary British art collections, or the White Cloth Gallery, a unique showcase photography and film. In the thick of the University of Leeds Campus is the Stanley & Audrey Gallery, which houses 17th century paintings, drawings and sculptures.
A sleek, modern city centre flanked by historic towns and picturesque Yorkshire villages, Leeds is perfectly located to enjoy the best of both worlds. If the fast pace gets too much, a short distance in any direction will find you in one of nature’s finest beauty spots, miles away from all the hustle and bustle.
If you’re thinking of travelling to Leeds, be sure to check out our handy destination guide to help make the most of your visit.
The fantastic attractions of Leeds offer something to suit everyone – from entertainment and sport to spectacular architecture and historic houses.
Travel a short journey outside the city centre and you’ll find the Harewood House and Gardens. Set in rolling Yorkshire countryside, with over 100 acres of gardens and rare bird species, the treasure house is home to some of the finest art collections in the UK.
If you’re a big kid at heart, take a journey back in time at the Ilkley Toy Museum, featuring iconic toys dating back from 350BC to the 21st century. If you have time, pay a visit to Tropical World. Packed with exotic creatures – from meerkats and crocs to bats and snakes – you can experience a little slice of rainforest in the UK!
You’ll find designer stores, vintage houses, high street shops, market stalls and grand arcades all within easy reach of each other.
It’d be tough to find a more beautiful shopping backdrop than the Grade II listed Victorian Quarter. An attraction in itself, this elegant arcade is home to over 75 designer boutiques.
The magnificent domed roof of Leeds Corn Exchange houses a large number of independent stores, with regular vintage, craft and food fairs. Leeds also has some great specialist stores, from popular retro clothing to comics and antique furniture.
If you’re looking to indulge in some serious retail therapy, Trinity Leeds is the city’s main shopping district. Spread across three of the busiest shopping streets, it is home to more than 120 international brands and boutiques, along with a variety of cafes and restaurants.
In Leeds, you can be sure you’re never far from good food. Explore the many farmers’ markets or tasty street food stalls in the city centre. Whether it’s a greasy spoon that hits the spot, or a la carte dining in sophisticated surroundings, Leeds has it all.
On a shoestring: Betty’s. All right, so this isn’t exactly in Leeds centre. But it’s an iconic British tearoom and it’s nearby. Stop off for tea in a proper china cup and a big slab of Betty’s cake.
Middle of the road: Whitelock’s Ale House. The oldest pub in Leeds, dating back to 1715. Charming, characterful and a great place to stop for some real, hearty pub grub.
Splash the cash: Kendell’s. A hopelessly romantic, quaint little bistro serving delicious French food.