Not only is Leeds the third largest city in the UK, it is also the fastest growing, and with that comes an abundance of attractions and activities that make it a fantastic destination for a weekend city break.
From fabulous shopping to some of the country’s best museums and galleries, whatever the purpose of your visit, you are guaranteed to find something to suit your taste.
Here we take a look at some of the best attractions to help you make the most of your time in the city, whether you’re here for a fun-filled weekend with friends, a romantic weekend-away, or looking for something to keep the kids entertained!
What to See
Harewood House Top Tips for City Break in Leeds When you think of big cities like Leeds, you automatically think of bustling streets, busy roads and urban buildings. However, the beauty of Leeds is its fantastic location, surrounded by historic towns and quaint villages as well as being just a short journey away from some beautiful countryside.
There are a whole host of beautiful nature spots, which will make you feel a million miles away from the bustling city centre. Once you get out of the centre, if you’re looking to explore the countryside on foot, there are some great routes, including the Trans Pennine Trail and Almscliffe Crags amongst others, and the stately homes and estates, such as Harewood Estate are also worth a visit.
Clarence Dock Top Tips for City Break in Leeds
If you’d rather stay around the city centre, there are some great attractions, which are easily reachable on foot. Give Clarence Dock a visit if you’re interested in seeing some fabulous urban architecture, consisting of modern apartments and offices, or if you’re interested in some truly outstanding architecture, visit the 19th century shopping arcades located off the city centres main shopping street; The Headrow.
What to Do
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids then the Royal Armouries is a must! Located just down from the popular Clarence Dock, the Royal Armouries is the UK’s National Museum of Arms and Armour. The museum is perfect for those young historians and really brings history to life with great displays and re-enactments.
Alternatively, elsewhere in the city you will find some great galleries and museums, such as the Leeds City Museum and Leeds Art Gallery situated close to Millennium Square.
For those of you looking to experience the city’s famous nightlife, from gigs to a classy night in one of the city’s coolest cocktail bars, you’re sure to find something to keep you entertained all night long.
Where to Stay
Leeds is packed with plenty of great accommodation to suit all needs and budgets.
Whether you’re after a swanky city centre hotel room, a traditional bed and breakfast or a luxury serviced apartment, look no further than the city centre.
For a great alternative to hotels in the city centre, why not check out the fantastic luxury serviced apartments situated in Leeds at the Chambers, just a short walk away from the train station. These serviced apartments typically offer three times more space than a typical luxury hotel room, and are packed with some fantastic facilities; a perfect venue for business or for pleasure.
For those visiting Leeds for a romantic get-away, take a look at the Chambers Park Place Serviced Apartments (voted on Trip Advisor as the number one place to stay in the whole of the city!), which comprise of four state-of-the-art penthouses, two of which boast rooftop Jacuzzi’s (the only rooftop hot tubs in Leeds!) with fantastic views of the city!
Leeds Skyline Top Tips for City Break in Leeds
Where to Dine
Leeds is packed with fantastic eateries; with plenty of the world’s most popular chain-restaurants, numerous celebrity cuisines, cafes, pubs and trendy bars, there’s bound to be something to suit every taste.
Whitelocks Top Tips for City Break in Leeds If you want to sample a taste of Yorkshire, visit one of the traditional pubs located around the city centre. And no visit would be complete without a trip to Whitelocks, the oldest pub in the city, named after the 18th century family who owned it for 90 years.
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