Leeds Dock, formerly Clarence Dock, was built in 1843 for ships sailing in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and represents today a major attraction in the city, counting over 1 million visitors every year. It is a lovely area for a walk and, in addition to the numerous boutiques, restaurants and cafes, it houses the Royal Armouries Museum, one of the most important among the city nuseuns, and also provides an excellent water taxi service, which will offer you a free ride to several sights of the city.
If you're in the mood for a quick gateway from the city centre, then consider visiting this extremely quiet and impressive attraction, which is just perfect for a picnic on the grass, but that will also satisfy history-lovers. So wander around this ruined monastery and then enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
One of the largest indoor markets in Europe, Leeds Kirkgate Market is a paradise for all the foodies who love fresh food and drink, but also for those who love fashion, jewellery and flowers. Here you surely will find some of the most characterful traders in the city, who come from different countries and have worked here for decades. It should certainly be among the top sights of your itinerary.
Leeds Art Gallery houses an outstanding collection of 20th-century British art, recognised as being of national importance by the government. Do not hesitate to turn to the helpful staff, and do not miss the chance to sit at the Tiled Hall, a unique artistic cafe inside the gallery.
The Royal Armouries feature a large collection of military artefacts. The extensive collection offers the visitors the possibility to enjoy a combination of displays, dramatic interpretations, live action events and interactive technology from the Leeds, London and Portsmouth museums.
Roundhay Park is a big open space with wonderful surroundings and many walking and cycling routes that will keep you busy for a whole day. It covers more than 700 acres of woodland and lakes, where people enjoy watching and feeding the numerous species of birds, such as swans, herons and woodpeckers. Also, this huge natural area is house of the Tropical World, an animal park that includes lots of species, from lemurs to iguanas and armadillos.
This large Church of England is an amazing historical sight that one simply should not miss. Its stained-glass windows and architecture are simply gorgeous, as well as the soothing sound of the Sunday bells. Formerly the Leeds Parish Church, it became a minster in 2012 and regularly houses wonderful choir and organ concerts.
Located in Skipton, outside Leeds, this steam railway provides scenic journeys between Embsay station, built in 1888, and the Bolton Abbey station. Join an unmissable experience which takes you through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, surrounding the city of Leeds.
Just outside the city centre, you will find Leeds Tropical World, one of the most popular attractions of the area. This big park features not only one of the largest collections of tropical and exotic plants in the United Kingdom, but also animals such as snakes, crocodiles and lemurs.
This museum is a peculiar attraction that features galleries and exhibitions related to the history of medicine. It houses a collection of more than 47,000 items of medical equipment that will be appreciated not only by medicine-enthusiasts, but by anyone else since it will give deep insights about how daily life was like in the Victorian age.
This Georgian public square is an oasis of tranquillity right in the heart of the city. It is a perfect place for those who need to get away from the bustle of the city for an hour or two. The park is rather small, but there are benches all around and there is plenty of space on the grass, so many choose this spot for a lunch break.
This is the perfect place to have a long walk or a relaxing cycle route along a canal, featuring different sections such as the industrial or the countryside ones. There are also cafes and pubs along the way, so enjoy the stroll and some sweet delights or a cold beer.
If you feel like driving a bit outside Leeds, head to the little village of Nostell, close to Wakefield (West Yorkshire), and go for a walk around Nostell Priory, a 18th-century architectural masterpiece. This stunning Palladian house features a great art collection and a huge garden that stretches over 300 acres, where you can enjoy lovely walks and admire the green countryside. Take a break at the Nostell cafe, which offers enjoyable tea and scones.
For a fun and interactive day out for the whole family, Leeds City Museum is a great choice where to discover Egyptian mummies, fossils, or encounter the Leeds tiger. With six galleries of exhibitions, including everything from archaeological finds to artwork and series of activities to engage kids and adults, you will need to have time on your side when entering this beautifully restored building.
Step back in time and explore the fascinating streets packed with historic artefacts, shops and houses, and get a glimpse of how life was in the 19th century. A fun, family-friendly and interactive museum, Abbey House Museum offers a range of activities, from dressing up to special tours suitable for all the family.
This beautiful town hall was built in 1858 on a site in Park Lane and is a great example of Victorian architecture that reflects the wealth and power of that time. If you have a fascination regarding old buildings, then take a tour and explore the hidden secret side to the town hall, including the courtroom and the Victorian prison cells. It is also a place where you can enjoy some of the best live music events in the city, as well as comedy and educational events.
You only have one goal when doing this real life escape game, and that is to race against the clock and escape from the room in 60 minutes by solving a series of puzzles, cracking some clues and working together with your team of 3-6 people. Truly a popular game that you can play with your family, friends or schoolmates.
Leeds West Indian Carnival has been running since 1967 and is held every year in August. Thousands of tourists come every year to look, amazed, at this Caribbean parade, which features music, costumes and a masquerade procession. The carnival queen and king welcome you at this colourful party: take plenty of pictures and do not miss the chance to taste some mouthwatering exotic food.
Located in the heart of the city of Leeds, Saint Anne's Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church. Completed in 1904, the building features impressive mosaics and reredos, as well as beautiful altar details and marble sculptures. You will find this peaceful sanctuary close to the city museum and art gallery, surrounded by restaurants and cafes where you can stop after visiting.
If you are looking for some excitement, then look no further. Live For Today is one of the fastest growing outdoor activity companies in the UK, and offers some thrilling and fun adventures. Everything from quad biking, paintball, archery, laser tag and air rifle shooting can be done here and, with the help of the hand-picked instructions, you will surely enjoy the experience.
The Oxford Place is a stylish, family-owned, 100% gluten-free restaurant, popular among both visitors and locals. Everyone will find something they like from the creative dishes that are freshly prepared with the best ingredients. Give in to the temptation of a dessert, each one on the menu is simply delicious.
If it is succulent meat you are craving for, then you should head to this sophisticated Brazilian steakhouse where the food is cooked to perfection by the skilled chefs. What makes Fazenda unique, in addition to a spectacular venue and a gorgeous view over the River Aire, is that it features continuous table-side service of different prime cuts of meat, including beef, chicken, pork and lamb, so that you get to try all the different flavours along with top-notch cocktails. There is also a wide choice of tasty side dishes that you can get from the buffet, and one thing is for sure when dining here: you will not leave the restaurant with an empty stomach.
The Michelin-starred chef Michael O'Hare welcomes you at The Man Behind the Curtain for an outstanding culinary experience. The restaurant could be easily compared to a museum and the tasting menu, between 10 and 14 courses, is presented like a work of art. Although it is often considered unusual, this is doubtless one of the best and most innovative restaurants in town.
"Quality and quantity at honest prices" is the motto of this restaurant, situated in the lovely town of Horsforth, just outside Leeds. Come here and treat yourself with a timeless pizza or some other Italian delicacies, all prepared in the open kitchen, but not without tasting at least a starter. Let you tempt by a delicious ice cream, before you leave.
Located at the Corn Exchange, a magnificent Victorian building, Humpit Hummus & Pita serves large portions of the best falafel and hummus in town, always prepared with passion and genuine ingredients. There are obviously many other options to choose from the menu, but everything here is healthy and tasty: you simply can't go wrong.
Town Hall Tavern is a local village pub set in the bustling city centre of Leeds, a place where the warm and efficient staff serves traditional, locally sourced British food and fine wine. The menu reflects the company's passion for using the freshest and best seasonal ingredients.
Kendells Bistro is an informal, yet enjoyable restaurant that features quality French food accompanied with great wines. Some of the mouthwatering specialities on the menu are duck confit and beef bourgignon. Finish your evening in style with a delicious "creme brûlée" or a creamy chocolate dessert.
When dining at Zucco, one can relish real Italian food at reasonable prices in a small, yet atmospheric place where the service is efficient and friendly. The menu features mouthwatering dishes that change regularly, depending on which ingredients the suppliers can source, even if some favourites are always on the menu to keep regular customers happy. Not only the amazing food, but also beverages are carefully selected by the owners: try for example one of the craft beers from Northern Italy to accompany a sharing board of cold cuts.
Its location on Calverley Street, right in the city centre, makes this restaurant a popular venue. Thai Edge has a modern feeling and offers amazing food at reasonable prices, whose quality has been proved by the many awards for "Best Service" and "Best Oriental Restaurant" in the United Kingdom.
This restaurant, whose name takes inspiration from the ancient East African Kingdom, serves generous portions of delicious Ethiopian food: a must try for every exotic food lover out there. The main dish is usually the "Injera", a flatbread that can be accompanied with a wide variety of dips for both vegetarians and meat-eaters.
Situated just outside the city centre, Santorini Bar & Grill brings the Mediterranean flavours from Greece and Turkey in the heart of Headingley. At this family-owned restaurant, the authentic dishes are served by an efficient staff in a relaxed atmosphere and, to make sure you will get that perfect taste, the food is only cooked using the finest and freshest ingredients.
In a very short time of period, Tharavadu, the first authentic Kerala restaurant in Leeds, has become one of the favourite dining spots of the region, and has achieved some great awards like "Best Indian Restaurant" in 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as a recommendation in the Michelin Restaurant Guide 2016, 2017 and 2018. Due to its popularity, it would be advisable to book in advance.
Established in 2011, Laynes Espresso has rapidly become people's favourite coffee shop in Leeds. Located close to the train station, this is a great destination to spoil yourself with some great brunch food and high quality coffee, so smooth, strong and tasty that you will not forget your first sip.
For a true vintage experience, enter this quintessentially British tearoom where you can choose between over 20 different loose leaf teas, homemade cakes and scones. Afternoon tea is also something that you can enjoy here and is actually one of their speciality. Everything in there, from the decor to the food and beverages, is lovely and made with a lot of passion by a great staff.
Set right in the heart of the Wellington Place, Sociable Folk is a good value gem to visit for breakfast, lunch or even just for a drink. Everything here is freshly made with the best ingredients and served in a stylish setting. If the weather permits, enjoy your food and coffee on the outside seating area while watching the world going by.
After a long day spent at the Roundhay Park and the Tropical World, you won't regret taking a break at the Ira B's cafe, a favourite eatery in the city, very close to the natural area. A welcoming American atmosphere with quirky decor awaits you, as well as outstanding milkshakes and sandwiches that you really should try.
Opened in 1994, Art's Cafe is doubtless one of Leeds' favourite eateries, serving sandwiches at lunch and several different dishes at dinner. As suggested by the name, it is also the house of live music shows and weekly exhibitions, featuring work of arts by local painters and photographers.
This vegetarian cafe has been in activity for over 20 years and keeps satisfying its customers by serving a range of snacks, sandwiches and hot dishes, mostly plant based, as well as a great selection of teas. Roots and Fruits is described as a welcoming place and is definitely a must-try.
Only 15 minutes from Leeds city centre, next door to Roundhay Park, you will find this charming family run business where the service and attention to detail is second to none. Jameson's Cafe and Tea Rooms is renowned for their afternoon teas, home baked cakes, lovely lunches and a welcoming atmosphere.
Housed in a former Charity School, The Arch Café is a new and exciting coffee shop in Leeds city centre where you can have breakfast, lunch or an afternoon tea. Just by eating and drinking at this place, you are making a huge difference: in fact, all the profits go to an organisation that aims to help older people within the Leeds area.
Cafe Lento is a cute coffee shop located off the beaten track in the bustling Headingley. With a welcoming staff and some of the best quality coffees, Cafe Lento is truly a lovely place to grab something to eat, kick back and just relax. The owners love having people around and host weekly live music shows featuring jazz bands and much more.
At this cocktail institution with several locations across the UK, you will receive a great service in an unbeatable party atmosphere that reminds people a cosmopolitan New York bar. Be At One is situated right on Millennium Square, in the heart of Leeds, where, in summer, you can sip your cocktail on the outside area while enjoying your holiday.
This cosy pub is characterised by the peculiar and recognisable interior design, found in each of the BrewDog pubs around the world. Here you will be served some delicious crafted beers from the knowledgeable staff. They pride themselves with only showcasing the best, exciting and flavoursome craft beers, as well as serving a great selection of food.
Follow a hidden staircase and you will find this secret gem in Calls Lane, in the centre of Leeds, where delicious cocktails are served in a warm and stylish, yet mysterious environment. With years of experience, the staff will mix your favourite drink whether it is on the menu or not.
Foley's Tap House is York Brewery's flagship outlet in Leeds. Step inside this historical building where there is a vast selection of beverages including craft beer lines, real ales, amazing local ciders and around 100 world beers. You won't have any problems to find some favourite brews.
Bar Fibre is especially popular with Leeds' most well-dressed people. This is in fact a very elegant venue that turns into a pumping club in the weekends, so do not forget to bring your dancing shoes because you will surely dance all night long to the great music played by the deejays.
Step down the rabbit hole and enjoy an evening out at this "Alice in Wonderland" inspired basement bar with a quirky and relaxed vibe. The open space is covered with mismatched wooden furniture, a couple of stuffed animals and glowing candles, including white rabbit wallpaper on the walls to create that fairy tale atmosphere. From the compact bar, you can order a wide range of beers, wines, ciders and cocktails.
Opened in 2007, Smokestack is a music venue spread over two floors where music like blues, jazz, soul, and reggae are played. From the bar, on the first floor, you can order drinks made of the finest liquors from around the world, while on the second floor you can dance the whole night or listen to some live music.
The Alchemist is situated on the second floor of the renowned shopping centre Trinity, it features a stylish interior design and offers breathtaking views of Leeds. Come by for an amazing brunch or to grab a cocktail, make yourself comfortable on the terrace and enjoy the beautiful view.
Hidden in a narrow street where you can imagine life in the 18th century and breathe the history emanated by every detail of this site, the Turk's Head Yard is a lovely pub with an intimate atmosphere, that features great food and refreshing drinks, and brews its own craft beer.
One of Leeds' best cocktail bars, Blind Tyger surely knows how to make some great original drinks that suit all preferences. Besides cocktails, you will also find a good choice of craft beers and bottled ales, as well as hand-selected wines from the world's best vine regions, and all is served by the knowledgeable staff in a relaxed atmosphere.
Founded in 1996, Mojo is famous for its tasty cocktails and is particularly popular among the indie crowd. This chic bar offers its guests a great experience because of both the drinks and the underground atmosphere. Also, it has won several awards and it is constantly referred to in lifestyle magazines as a gathering venue for hip young people.
This three floors gathering venue is the place to be for those interested in music, cinema, art and cultural nights in general. Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen has a relaxed atmosphere that can also be enjoyed on the lovely roof terrace while admiring Leeds' beauty.
The exterior might be somewhat uninviting, but once you are inside you can see why this is one of Leeds' best underground spots for soul, dance and great indie tunes. Both the staff and clientele are very friendly and the drinks are just amazing, so don't think about it twice and just check it out.
Victoria Quarter, located right in the heart of Leeds, is a shopping area topped by the largest stained glass roof in Europe. If you stop by, you will find more than 70 boutiques featuring the most exclusive brands. This area was once a mass of narrow yards, housing slaughter houses and butcher shops, and was then redeveloped in the early 1900s.
Trinity Leeds is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Leeds. Inside the mall, you will find more than 120 national and international brands selling every kind of product you may need. When the hunger kicks in, do not worry, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants where to grab a bite to eat.
Located at the Grand Arcade, this lovely shop features original gifts for any occasion. Head to this little gem, where more than 50 local designer makers display their quality crafts, jewellery, home decor, art works, ceramics and much more, and stop by if you are looking for a truly unique Christmas gift, a souvenir with a personal touch, or any other handmade object: there's something for everyone.
One of the largest indoor markets in Europe, Leeds Kirkgate Market is a paradise for all the foodies who just love fresh food and drink, but also for those who love fashion, jewellery and flowers. Here you surely will find some of the most characterful traders in the city, who come from different countries and have worked here for decades. It should definitely be amongst the top sights of your itinerary.
For the all-you-need experience, go to the Corn Exchange shopping centre, formerly one of the only three corn exchanges in the country, the places where merchants traded corn. This magnificent Victorian building was completed in 1864 by the British architect Cuthbert Brodrick, and houses today a vast array of shops (selling fashion items, homeware, music and design products) and a wide choice of good restaurants and cafes.
Otley is one of the most picturesque areas around Leeds, very popular among tourists and walkers. Here, you will also find one of the largest local markets in the city, covering around 100 open-air stalls selling everything from clothes and household items, to crafts, food, drink, jewellery and gifts. Stroll around and find some unique gifts to bring back home while mingling with the locals.
With more than 120 shops, including well-known high street favourites as well as small specialist gems, you will surely have a great shopping experience at White Rose Shopping Centre. When feeling hungry or thirsty, just choose one of the several cafes and restaurant inside the mall.
Since its opening in 1964, Merrion Centre has quickly become one of Leeds' favourite shopping destinations, including over 100 shops of any kind, several restaurants and cafes, a supermarket and even a bowling alley. If you are passionate about music, you should pay a visit to Jumbo Records (www.jumborecords.co.uk), a popular independent record store that sells vinyls and promotes local and regional artists.
Citizens of the European Union member-states, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland, and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) only require a valid passport to enter the UK. Residents of a further 10 countries do not require entry visas for stays under 6 months: the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Nationals of some further countries do not require a visa, but need to hold an entry certificate. Use the UK Government website to check for specific requirements: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.
The Leeds Bradford International Airport is located about 18 kilometres from Leeds and is well connected with the city centre. Bus lines run daily, from early morning to late night, between the city and the airport: the Flying Tiger service (www.flyingtigerbus.co.uk) links the airport to the bus stations of Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate. The same company also provides also a train line running between those three cities. You can also rent a car from one of the several car rental companies. They can be contacted to these numbers: - Avis: +44 113 250 3880 - Enterprise: +44 113 391 1999 - Europcar: +44 113 250 9066 - Hertz: +44 113 250 4811 Arrow Cars (+44 113 258 5888) is the official and only taxi company for Leeds Bradford Airport.
The time of the year between May and September is, without any doubt, the best for travelling to Northern England and especially to the city of Leeds, where not only the weather is at its warmest and most pleasant, but also many events are held. The city has an important cultural scene, with many interesting events and exciting festivals that will entertain the whole family - these take place all through the year. The major food & drink festivals are the Indie Food Festival (www.leedsindiefood.co.uk), held in May, during which the city transforms itself into a huge street food market where it is also possible to taste excellent craft beers and ciders from the UK, but also Germany, Sweden and the USA; the three-day Food & Drink Festival (www.millsqleeds.com/whats-on/all-shows/leeds-food-and-drink-festival/4450), in June, a food lover's paradise that brings together the best traditional specialities and some excellent street food from the world; and the International Beer Fest (www.leedsbeer.com), taking place in September and featuring hundreds of ales from the UK and overseas. Otherwise, if you're more interested in music, cinema and arts in general, you might want to take part in the Leeds Festival (www.leedsfestival.com), one of the largest UK's music festivals, taking place in August, the West Indian Carnival (www.leedscarnival.co.uk), celebrated in August, a beautiful and coloured Caribbean parade of people dancing and wearing wonderful costumes, the Light Night (whatson.leeds.gov.uk/lightnight/Home), a festival happening in the beginning of October featuring street art performances, light projections, films and music shows, and the Leeds International Film Festival (www.leedsfilmcity.com), held every year in November. Finally, the German Christmas Market (whatson.leeds.gov.uk/germanchristmasmarket/Home), also known as Christkindelmarkt, is the last and unmissable event of the year - it transforms Millennium Square into a magical Christmas village.
The easiest way to travel within Leeds is by bus. Timetables, route maps, stops, station locations and other useful information can be found on Metro website (www.wymetro.com), the company that runs the transport system in the city and provides both a bus and train service, but you could also visit the information point at the bus station, on York Street. There is a wide range of tickets to choose from (ticketsandpasses.wymetro.com), also offering combined tickets for travels on both buses and trains, but generally it is strongly recommended to opt for 3-days or weekly tickets.
It is very easy to find a taxi in Leeds, you just have to call one of the numbers listed here or hail one on the street: City Cabs: +44 113 246 9999 www.citycabsleeds.co.uk [email protected] Amber Cars: +44 113 202 2117 www.taxileeds.co.uk www.facebook.com/leedsamber [email protected] Speedline Taxi: +44 113 244 1444 www.leeds-taxi.org.uk [email protected]
Mailboxes can be found in different shapes, but you'll recognise them because of their bright red colour. There are many post offices all around the town, here you find the main ones: St Johns 116 Albion Street, Leeds The Markets 6-16 New York Street, Leeds Woodhouse Street 129-133 Woodhouse Street, Leeds Woodsley Road 20 Woodsley Road, Leeds Lincoln Green 68-70 Lincoln Green Road, Leeds
There are several pharmacies scattered around the city, including in the arcades and shopping centres. Some of them are: Star Pharmacy 136 Cardigan Road, Leeds +44 113 278 3976 Brudenell Road Pharmacy 58 Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds +44 113 278 5831 Living Care Pharmacy www.livingcarepharmacy.co.uk (They have pharmacies everywhere in Leeds) Lloyds Pharmacy www.lloydspharmacy.com (They have pharmacies everywhere in Leeds)