Visiting Leeds doesn’t have to be expensive. The city centre is packed with lots of fun, free things to see and do, you just need to know where to find them! Here we’ve compiled a list of some of the best things to see and do in Leeds and the surrounding areas without spending a penny.
1) Visit a Museum
There are lots of free museums in Leeds city centre, providing a fun and interesting day out for all the family. Here are just a few of the many that have free admission.
Royal Armouries Museum
Just a short walk (or taxi boat, more on that later!) from the city centre to the newly named ‘Leeds Dock’ and you’ll find the Royal Armouries, the UK’s National Museum of Arms and Armour. The oldest museum in the UK, the Royal Armouries is spread over several floors and is packed with fantastic attractions, talks, demonstrations and many interactive elements, which are sure to be enjoyed by all ages.
Leeds City Museum
Located on Millennium Square, Leeds City Museum boasts six galleries, including ‘Africa’, ‘Ancient Worlds’ featuring the ‘Leeds Mummy’ and ‘The Leeds Story’. Packed with history, each area contains a host of interactive elements to keep the whole family entertained.
2) Visit an art gallery
If museums aren’t your thing, why not explore one of the cities free art galleries.
The Tetley, located in the headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery, describes itself as ‘a new centre for contemporary art and learning.’ Opened in 2013, the art gallery stretches over three floors and regularly holds free workshops, talks and open days.
3) Explore by Taxi Boat
The Leeds Water Taxi runs everyday from 7am until 7pm on weekdays, and 10am until 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Running every 20 minutes, the fifteen-minute boat ride ferries passengers along the scenic canal route between Granary Wharf and Leeds Dock. And what’s best, every journey is free!
To take a ride simply head to Granary Wharf or Leeds Dock and look for the yellow flag.
4) Explore on foot
Even in the heart of the city, Leeds has some great routes to catch a breath of fresh air.
The Leeds to Liverpool canal is a favourite for walkers, joggers and cyclists alike. Head just a few minutes down the towpath and it’s hard to believe how close you are to one of the country’s biggest cities. Whether you’re looking for a short stroll, or a long walk, this scenic route is fantastic if you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
5) Find a park
One of the best things about Leeds city centre is that you’re never too far from some countryside. Head just a few miles out of the centre and you’ll find some fantastic parks.
Perhaps the most popular is Roundhay Park, situated a few miles north of the city. As one of the biggest ‘city parks’ in Europe, you can explore some of the 700 acres of picturesque park, gardens, lake and woodland.