7 things you should know when visiting Leeds
PUBLISHED: 14:38 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 01:42 24 October 2015
Leeds is one of the most visted cities in the Uk and it’s easy to see why. Take a look at our guide to some of best places to visit in Leeds, whether it is a short stay or just a day off there is something here for everyone.
This grade 11 listed building is a popular haunt for shoppers in Leeds. Victoria Quarter is part of the Victoria Gate development, which includes an elaborate new John Lewis store opening in 2016,
Victoria Gate Arcade and Victoria Quarter, 4 Cross Arcade, Victoria Quarter, Leeds, LS1 6AZ www.v-q.co.uk
Home to over 100 shops, bars, restaurants and a cinema in the heart of Leeds, the Trinity is popular among foodies, fashionista’s and cocktail enthusiasts. Named after the 18th century Holy Trinity Church which is adjacent to the shopping centre, Trinity is close to the heart and soul of Leeds.
Albion Street, Leeds, LS1 5AT trinityleeds.com
The Merrion Centre
The Merrion Centre originally opened in 1964 and was the largest shopping centre in the UK at the time. The centre featured 97 shops, a multi storey car park, a hotel and a ballroom. Today it has welcomed many more great retailers, as well as undergoing new development.
The Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG merrioncentre.co.uk
Leeds Art Gallery
A lively gallery, home to some of the finest twentieth century British Art outside London, each year the gallery sees a diverse series of exhibitions. Witness a variety of artist pieces from the contemporary works to fine art produced in mixed media.
The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA; 0113 247 8256
The Gallery at Munro House
Enjoy the latest exhibitions and work by contemporary artists at this independent art gallery based at Munro House. The gallery represents artists in many areas including, photography, illustration, sculpture and many more.
York St/Duke St Leeds LS9 8AG, UK; 0113 243 3266 leedsgallery.com
Opera North is a national opera company and one of Europe’s leading artist organisations. The company tours throughout England and performs at international festivals including Edinburgh and Ravenna. This award winning company is just a stones throw away from The Merrion Centre and the Victoria Quarter.
Opera North Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU
First Direct Arena
After winning the title ‘Best New Venue in the World 2014’, the First Direct Arena has gone on to host many fantastic events and performances. The list of artists that have played here includes, Sir Elton John, Prince, Miley Cyrus, Lionel Richie and John Legend.
Arena Way, Leeds, LS2 8BY www.firstdirectarena.com
Royal Armouries Museum
The Royal Armouries Museum first opened to the public in 1996, built to house some of the nation’s large collection of arms and armour. The museum now displays over 8500 items throughout six themed galleries, these include: War, Tournament, Oriental, Self-Defence, Hunting, and Peace.
Armouries Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT
Yorkshire County Cricket Club
Based in the suburb of Headingley, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club is surrounded in historic, tradition and support from the people of Yorkshire. Heralded as the country’s most successful county cricket club, the club has produced some of the finest cricket players in the world, including Joe Root and one of England’s greatest batsmen, Sir Geoffrey Boycott.
The Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds, LS6 3DP
Roundhay Park covers 700 acres of parkland, lakes and woodland and has been named as one of the world’s largest urban parks. Historically, the land was owned by the DeLacy Family of Pontefract Castle but has since had many uses. The park was once home to a lido pool and currently has National Plant Collections, Canal Gardens, the Monet and Alhambra Gardens, plus Tropical which attracts visitors all year round.
Not just an award-winning bread bakery but a patisserie and chocolatier serving a wide range of bread, pastry, cakes and chocolate. There’s a really useful online service with freshly baked bread delivered by courier, lightly baked, bagged and ready to freeze or to go straight into your oven to finish off. Check out their fresh sandwich menu with free delivery.
1 Ninelands Lane, Garforth, Leeds 0113 287 0055
Leeds Bread Co-op
An artisan bakery passionate about sourdough and slowly fermented breads, using organic and locally produced ingredients baked for delivery to your home or business and for sale at dedicated outlets as well as local markets. They have also launched bread baking classes. Join their useful bread subscription scheme and never be without a delicious loaf. Check out the range of breads and aims of the co-op at their website.
0113 262 5155 leedsbread.coop
Costellos Family Craft Bakery
Everything is handmade from scratch with ingredients from local suppliers, independents whenever possible. And when the professional bakers here say everything is prepared by hand they mean it – pastry is rolled by hand with rolling pins; fillings including fruit and vegetables are peeled and chopped by hand and meats are hand cut. On the menu here is fresh bread, sweet and savoury pies, cakes and slices, quiches and tarts. They offer baking classes too.
61 Otley Road. 0113 278 7847 costellosbakery.com
We've got a load of sourdough going at the bakery for £1.50 - swing by & grab a bargain before 6pm! Unit 18, LS7 2AW pic.twitter.com/DDB7gFc98l— Leeds Bread Co-op (@LeedsBreadCoop) March 10, 2015
2 Oxford Place
This is a 100% Vegan and Gluten Free Kitchen offering a fast menu of cakes, breakfast, lunch and dinner. A standard menu is also available, leaving lots of variety for friends and family who aren’t Gluten Free or Vegan.
2 Oxford Place, Leeds, LS1 3AX; 0113 234 1294 2oxfordplace.com
Stop by My Thai to enjoy a variety of delicious noodle, rice and stir fry dishes. From Crispy Chicken to Kow Moo Dang their menu has a great selection for all pallets. This is the third instalment of restaurants by My Thai others include Bradford and York.
43 Wade Lane, Merion Centre, Leeds LS2 8NJ, England; 0113 245 9245
The Man behind the Curtain
An unlikely location to find yourself both eating fine dining and observing a contemporary gallery, Michael O’Hare has invented a new style of eating, a mad brew of delicious and bizarre food in an interesting and bizarre setting.
Top Floor Flannels, 68-78 Vicar Lane, Leeds LS1 7JH; 0113 243 2376
Where to stay
Hilton Leeds City
Stay at the contemporary Hilton Leeds City Hotel, located in the city centre close to the train station and many of the city’s thriving shopping complexes. You can take a break from the city here to and enjoy the onsite LivingWell Health club, complete with gym and health suite.
Hilton Leeds City, Neville Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4BX, United Kingdom
The Queens Hotel
Renowned for hosting some of the best parties in Leeds, the Queens Hotel offers everything you need for break in Leeds. Some of the hotels most striking features include Dazzling 1930’s glamour showcased by the décor and architecture.
City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 1PJ; 0113 243 1323
A little further afield is Oulton Hall, a world class leisure facility in Yorkshire. The spa at Oulton Hall has a range of luxury facilities including a Hydro Pool, sauna and steam room. Indulge in one of the available massages by a team of trained members of staff.
Rothwell Ln, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS26 8HN; 0113 282 1000
A sophisticated wine bar located in the heart of Leeds, The Decanter offers an array of wines, champagnes and fruity cocktails. Whether you are a wine lover or not The Decanter has something to offer you.
17 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JQ www.thedecanter.co.uk
51% Bourbon Bar
A cool environment for whisky tasting, hidden in Hirst’s Yard, 51% Bourbon Bar is not just for the whisky connoisseur. With a range of drinks options suitable for all and educational Masterclasses, you wont want to miss this.
11-15 Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, LS1 6NJ; 0113 3229919 www.51percentbourbon.co.uk
The Botanist is a whimsical bar serving cocktails with carefully selected botanical ingredients. Characterised by its rustic décor The Botanist is certainly a storyteller worth visiting.
67 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6HW; 0113 2053240 thebotanist.uk.com/location/trinity-leeds