Leeds is one of the biggest cities in Northern England. Whilst it grew due to its industrial heritage this great city is now a thriving tourist destination with something for everyone. In this guest article from One UK who specialise in apartments in Leeds, we examine why tourists should head to this great city in the heart of Yorkshire.
What to do in Leeds?
Leeds is perfectly situated for trips to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, and all the attractions that they have to offer such as the historic Bolton Castle, the spectacular waterfalls at Hardraw Force or picturesque views of Brimham Rocks but there are plenty of attractions within the city centre itself.
For Culture Vultures?
For art lovers there is The Henry Moore Institute and The Leeds Art Gallery, which both house fantastic collections of 20th century British art. If that’s not enough a short walk on away is the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, which shows both innovative temporary exhibitions and display treasures from the University Art Collection. As well as these fantastic galleries in Leeds city centre, the UK’s newest art gallery The Hepworth, is in nearby Wakefield.
Leeds City Museum is perfect for those rainy days. Some of the most popular attractions include the ‘Leeds Tiger’ and Nesyamun, the Leeds mummy. Visitors also have the chance to dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery. The museum often hosts unique exhibitions, such as recently a unique exhibition of Spice Girls memorabilia. Leeds is also boasts The Royal Armouries, home to the national collection of arms and armour. The collection is spread over theme-galleries: War, Tournament, Self-Defence, Hunting, and arms and armour of the Orient. History buffs will also enjoy Kirkstall Abbey, one of the best and most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in the Britain. Next door is the fantastic Abbey House Museum, where visitors can experience the life in the Victorian era.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Leeds is Temple Newsam, one of the great historic estates in England, set within 1500 acres of stunning parkland. As well as the historic mansion house, nestled within the parkland is the walled garden which renowned for its Rhododendron and Azalea walk and features the National Plant Collections of Delphinium, Phlox and Aster novi–belgii. Temple Newsam also houses Europe’s largest working Rare Breeds Farm, with over 400 animals, a great day out no matter how old you are.
Where to Party?
Leeds is a globally recognised as a party city, with plenty of bars and clubs which have attracted attract superstar DJs including David Guetta and The Swedish House Mafia. Popular clubs include Gatecrasher, Mission, Space, Oceania . Some of the more unique nightspots include Halo, a converted church or Dry Dock a converted boat – nowhere near any water and FAB CAFE is the world’s first television and movie theme bar. For those who prefer their music a little rockier there is The Nation of Shopkeepers, The Northern Monkey, Carpe Diem or The Cockpit all of which host regular live music. And that is not even taking into account the various music festivals that happen in and around the city.
Where to eat?
Leeds boasts a number of fantastic restaurants to cater for every budget. Celebrity chefs Raymond Blanc, James Martin, Antonio Carluccio and the world famous Jamie Oliver all have restaurant’s in the city. And it doesn’t just stop there, in the nearby Ilkley is the Michelin Starred restaurant The Box Tree where Marco Pierre White is a partner. As with any big city there is a wealth of great eateries such as popular Bibis Italianissimo, the fantastic Sous Le Nez or eclectic Anthony’s Restaurant. Diners who fancy a bit of everything could head to The Red Hot World Buffet or Spice Quarter, and pub grub fans could check out any of the many great locals such as The Greyhound in Tong or The Cross Keys. There is also a number of ‘supper clubs’ springing up in and around the city which are a great low cost way to enjoy a meal out.
Where to Shop?
Leeds City Centre is full of great shops, and is seen as one of the destination shopping centres in the North. Even the most discerning fashionistas will find something to please in The Victoria Quarter with Louis Vuitton, Karen Millen, Ted Baker and Harvey Nichols just some of the shops there. Plus there are plenty of unique boutiques such as Each To Their Own to guarantee that nobody will turn up at the party in the same outfit as you. Just outside the city is The White Rose shopping centre with a number of high-street shops conveniently located under one roof or Junction 32 Outlet Village for a bargain.