I was a student in Scarborough, which is a small coastal town. So when I needed some city fun I often headed to Leeds. Leeds is a fabulous city with lots to do for everyone. To help you plan a fun trip to Leeds I’ve picked my top five things to do in Leeds as a guide to get you started exploring this multifaceted city.
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1. Hyde Park Picture House:
I love movies, and especially independent cinemas so this is top of my list. One of the UK’s oldest cinemas Hyde Park Picture House is housed in a grade 2 listed building and, as far as I know , is the only cinema in the UK that’s gas lit. Here you can see the best independent, classic and award winning cinema from around the world. For more information visit the website.
2.Take a walk or a cycle along Leeds and Liverpool canal:
Walking along the canal you get a great look at old industrial Leeds, as there are lots of industrial buildings at the start of the walk. Further along you find yourself in charming rural areas. Couple a walk with a pub lunch along the way, what better way to spend an afternoon.
3. Tropical World:
At Tropical World you can experience life in the jungle and the desert as you explore tropical habitats and other exotic places from around the world. You will find crocodiles, butterflies, birds, bats, snakes and meerkats. Ideal for a rainy day, as it’s mostly indoors.
4. Shopping in Leeds:
I always like to fit a little shopping in when I visit a new place. Leeds is brilliant for shopping. It’s compact shopping centre means it’s just a short walk between designer stores, high street brands, market stalls and independent boutiques. I love the Leeds Corn Exchange, with it’s stunning domed roof. It houses a large number of independent stores and also hosts vintage, craft, record and food fairs regularly. There are also three other shopping arcades, the largest of which has 120 stores, so whatever your taste and budget there’s shopping for everyone in Leeds.
5. Leeds City Museum:
Leeds City Museum is free to visit and has 6 galleries and a changing programme of family friendly exhibitions. Find the Leeds tiger, mummy of Nesyammun or try a game of Greek Gods and Goddesses top trumps, amongst other adventures. Leeds Museum is sure to interest all ages.
So what are you waiting for, plan a city break to Leeds. I haven’t even touched on the great nightlife, fabulous restaurants and amazing landmarks, like the town hall (which is really much more impressive than it sounds). Also if your a resident of or regular visitor to Leeds feel free to leave me a comment recommending your favourite place to visit, and help my readers find even more to discover in Leeds.