As much as we love the countryside, a good day trip to the city doesn’t hurt. If you’re in Yorkshire then why not check out the thriving city of Leeds. It’s a place where music festivals and historic houses live in perfect harmony, where city meets country. There’s so much to love, not matter where your interests lie. Let’s explore with our 24 hour guide to the perfect day out in Leeds!
Start your trip off on the right foot with a visit to Moments Cafe. This is one of Leeds’ many gems and is sure to fuel you up for the day ahead. Found in the centre of Leeds, and only a short walk from the station, this cafe is spacious with wide windows – perfect for watching the world go by. They do a brilliant coffee, an excellent selection of teas and cakes and a tasty twist on breakfast classics. Don’t miss out on the best breakfast in town.
- Leeds offers plenty of choice if you want to knowledge up, there’s a great selection of museums to choose from. Thackray Medical Museum is a top choice with nine interactive galleries to learn all about the story of medicine. This museum has it’s roots in a family-run chemists shop dating back to 1902 and has great family activities for the kids during the school holidays.
- Abbey House Museum is also well worth a visit. Immerse yourself what life would have been as a Victorian. There are historic toys, games and streets as they would have been all those years ago. It is also near Kirkstall Abbey with its beautiful park of you want to keep exploring.
- Don’t miss out on Leeds Industrial Museum. Located inside Armley Mills, once the largest woollen mill in the world, this is a great place to go if you want to learn about Leeds’ industrial heritage. A trip to this gem will teach you all about how the waterwheel was powered, how wool was turned into cloth and all about tailoring. There’s plenty to see and do.
Top Tip: don’t miss out on some black and white cinema. This museum is home to one of the smallest working 1920’s cinemas in the world.
We’d highly recommend you stop in to Tribeca Cafe for lunch. This friendly basement cafe has a wide selection of home cooked options, salads and sarnies. Make sure you save some room though, their cakes will be hard to resist! For something a bit different head over to Bulgogi Grill found in the city centre. This Korean table BBQ is feast you don’t want to miss out on. They use locally sourced meat and seafood which are marinated and cooked on the table-top grill right in front of you. There is plenty of choice with a range of Korean inspired sides and beers for you to enjoy too.
You will be spoilt for choice with all the shopping opportunities in Leeds. Kirkgate Market is the largest covered market in Europe and shouldn’t be missed. With thousands of stalls you’ll surely find something that piques your interest. Don’t forget about Trinity Leeds, opened in 2013, with 120 national and international brands to choose from as well as over 40 dining options. The striking Corn Exchange is also well worth a visit with a fantastic selection of independent retailers all gathered in one of the finest Victorian Grade I listed buildings. There’s also a choice of four fantastic Arcades to choose from and don’t forget Victoria Quarter if you’re after something a bit more high-end.
Top Tip: have a chat with the traders at Kirkgate Market, many of them have decades of knowledge that they’d be happy to share.
If you get the opportunity, be sure to head over to The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery situated in the University of Leeds. This special collection is open to everyone and is home to some remarkable items of national as well as international significance. Gaze at the plays of William Shakespeare, check out a Tudor cookery book or even examine a compass used by a prisoner of war to get back to Britain during WW1. There are dozens of manuscripts by notable writers and you can learn about how writing changed from hand to print.
We can’t promise the sun will always shine in Leeds but fear not, you can brighten up your day with a trip to Souvlaki. With a sunny mediterranean ambience this lovely Greek restaurant has everything you’ll need for a relaxing evening. Thier food is traditional, uses the freshest ingredients and is delicious. With many tempting dishes to choose from as well as a wide range of wines, beers and cocktails you’re sure to leave satisfied.
If you want to find some green space to explore we can highly recommend you head to Roundhay Park. This park is one of the largest in Europe and boasts two lakes to saunter around. Waterloo Lake is the bigger of the two and has a lakeside cafe if you need a rest spot. There are over 700 acres of parkland and gardens to explore in total and while you’re there don’t miss out on Tropical World. Brimming with exotic plants and wildlife this family-attraction is popular with all ages.