Leeds is a city that thrives on its shopping, nightlife and sporting attractions. Leeds was once an uninspiring industrial city. Today, however, you’ll encounter parks hosting free festivals, a lively waterfront and pedestrianized streets lined with shops, bars and restaurants.
With many of the streets dedicated to retail, Leeds city center is a shopper’s paradise. Discover everything from sparkling malls to high-end retailers and independent boutiques, many inside restored Edwardian and Victorian-era buildings. The Corn Exchange, Victoria Quarter and Trinity Leeds have over 200 shops collectively.
The dining scene is equally impressive and draws influences from the presence of up to 130 nationalities in the city. Sample cuisine from China, India, Mexico and Pakistan plus traditional British dishes. Leeds Waterfront is an exciting hub of cafés, restaurants and fast-food joints. Enjoy the city’s famous nightlife, most notably at the Exchange Quarter. Options range from the traditional English pub to chic lounge bars, dance clubs and live music venues.
Leeds also offers a good selection of cultural attractions. Admire the grand architecture surrounding City Square and Millennium Square. See work by 20th-century sculptors at the Henry Moore Institute. Spot masterpieces by great British painters, such as John Constable, at the Leeds Art Gallery. Retrace Leeds’ history and discover artifacts from ancient worlds at Leeds City Museum. Visit The Royal Armouries Museum, which has over 8,500 objects of armor and weapons.
Sports fans have many choices in this city. Watch a cricket match at Headingley or a soccer match at Elland Road. Alternatively, attend one of the many summer music festivals. Leeds Festival welcomes well-known international bands while Opera in the Park and Classical Fantasia are both free events.
Intercity trains and buses provide direct services to Leeds from major English cities, including Bristol, Liverpool and London. Get around the city on foot and use public buses to visit areas outside the city center. Among these are the glorious Roundhay Park, Harewood House and Kirkstall Abbey.
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Its honeycombed exterior glowing like a beacon at night, Leeds’ modern music venue draws crowds nightly to its shows featuring local and international stars.
Discover the world of weaponry at this purpose-built museum, which contains the national collection of arms and armor from throughout the ages.
Uncover 500 years of history at this magnificent Tudor-Jacobean country mansion that looks out upon a scenic estate and is filled with artifacts and decorative arts.
Wander the grounds of a beautifully preserved medieval abbey set on the grassy banks of the River Aire and uncover the history within the complex’s grand ruins.
With a focus on war care and surgery, the nine exhibits in this impressive museum piece together the development of medical care since Victorian times.
Late Victorian and award-winning brutalist and modernist architecture house the classes and students of Leeds’ namesake university, established in 1904.
Explore the burgeoning beer scene in Leeds on this guided bus tour to 3 local breweries. With an ale aficionado leading the way, pay a visit to all independent craft breweries, getting the chance to meet with the producers, look behind the scenes at their methods, and sample some of their best beer.
Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.
Depart York for a day and spend time in the Lake District National Park. Discover quaint villages, market towns, and the gorgeous natural landscapes surrounding stops like Hawkshead and Tarn Hows. At the end of your tour, get some free time to explore the historic town of Bowness-on-Windermere.
Embark on a spooky sightseeing tour that reveals the secrets of York's eerie past. The city's history is dotted with tales of sinister figures who wreaked havoc on daily life, and whose ghosts are said to still haunt its darkest corners to this day.
This dungeon tour was designed with your cryptic cravings in mind. Journey through 2,000 years of York’s horrible history—specifically 11 different live shows—and get to know the twisted characters behind such brutal acts.
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