Leeds is one of the UK’s best loved cities and in the past few years its popularity has gone through the roof. The success of its universities is partly responsible and a huge influx of young people has pushed the city in all the right directions. There is plenty to do in Leeds. From dusk until dawn you can enjoy some of the best attractions and entertainment the North has to offer. The industrial prestige of the city means that there are some fantastic buildings which house equally brilliant events and exhibitions.
We have provided a rundown of the best ways to spend time in Leeds this summer;
Go Shopping – Leeds is excellent for shopping. It has something for everyone, especially the fashion conscious. The city centre boasts all of the high street brands you would expect to see with the addition of some more obscure independents. If you have a big budget head to the Victoria Quarter. It is one of the best shopping centres in the UK and houses the first Harvey Nichols to be opened outside London.
Visit One of The Many Cultural Attractions – Leeds was one of the centres of the industrial revolution that shaped the modern world. Its wealth during this period was vast and as a result the city is littered with impressive, imposing buildings. Some of the finest architecture is found just outside the city. Temple Newsam House is a highly rated historic house located a few minutes from the city centre. The gardens were created by the much celebrated landscape architect Capability Brown. If you want to stay within the city the Leeds Art Gallery is the perfect way to spend a few hours. This year marks the centenary of Leeds Art Collections Fund so there is plenty on at galleries across the city.
Go on a Night Out – Leeds has one of the largest student populations in the UK, with 2 of the largest universities in the same city! As a result the nightlife offers a lot. There are hundreds of bars spread across the city and the focal point is the city centre. However the student areas are also great for a night out, especially if you’re on a tighter budget.
Watch Some Sport – Leeds has a number of successful sports teams across a range of sports. Cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League and Football are played professionally in the city (depending on the time of year), so why not pay one of the stadiums a visit?
All of the above is sure to make you peckish. The choice of restaurants is almost endless and the city has every form of cuisine you could imagine. Whether you just want a quick, bite or you’re a discerning diner, the city has it covered. The easiest way of finding what you are after is by visiting TripAdvisor or consulting your trusted guide books.
Leeds has a lot to offer and the city it well worth a visit; it’s called the London of the North for a reason! Type ‘Leeds Tourism’ into Google to find out more about what’s going on in the city this summer and to book any event tickets you may need.
When visiting Leeds stay at The Chambers. Arguably the best Hotel Leeds has to offer, rated the number one in the City on TripAvisor. If you are in the city on business they also offer excellent meeting rooms Leeds.
Hal is a frequent traveller and spends much of his time in
the cities of the UK. He is also a regular blogger, having written professionally for a number of UK based companies.