Monday 09th September 2019

Visiting Leeds – Top Tips on the Best City Experiences

From bustling markets and ornate architecture to stunning eateries and live music, Leeds is a city with something for everyone. 

Leeds attracts millions of visitors every year, who are drawn to the city for its rich and diverse cultural offerings. 

Whether you are looking for live music, a bite to eat, or a night at the theatre, in this blog we take a look at what Leeds has to offer, and explore some of the fantastic things to see and do in the city.

 

Food and Drink

Sample one of Leeds’ many fine bars, pubs and taprooms, serving the finest spirits, and beers from local breweries. 

Work your way along Briggate, taking in some of Leeds’ oldest pubs nestled behind rows of shops, or head to one of the many swanky spots on Greek Street for a cocktail.

If you fancy a bite to eat, Leeds has a well-earned reputation for its food scene, and the quality of its restaurants. 

The city is home to a huge number of restaurants, ranging from Michelin Star fine dining to tapas bars, rib shacks and fast food joints – a moveable feast for foodies. 

 

Live Music

Leeds has a rich musical history, boasting legendary gigs from the likes of The Who, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. 

Bramham Park has hosted Leeds Festival since 1999, and Live At Leeds takes place every year at music venues across the city. 

There are music venues aplenty in Leeds, hosting everything from jazz and classical to folk and hip-hop. 

Head to the city centre for smooth jazz at a “speakeasy”, or venture out to the First Direct Arena to enjoy world class acts and international stars. 

 

Theatre

Leeds has an active theatre scene, with three venues located within the city centre – the Grand, the Carriageworks and the West Yorkshire Playhouse – hosting a variety of shows, musicals and plays.

Top tip, folks – if you fancy dinner and a show, a number of restaurants such as Kendells Bistro offer Tea Time, pre-show menus at reduced rates.   

Museums & Culture

Located at Leeds Dock, the Royal Armouries provides a fascinating insight into 3000 years of weapons and warfare. 

Home to the national collection of armour and weapons, the museum also boasts falconry, archery and jousting displays, and, what’s more, entry is free.

Leeds City Museum boasts 6 galleries across 4 floors, and is also free to visit. Experience Ancient Egypt, and come face-to-face with the famous Leeds Tiger.

Leeds is also home to the Thackray Medical Museum, located next to St James hospital, which is one of the largest medical museums in the UK. Offering an insight into pre-anaesthetic medical practices, the Thackray is fascinating, but not for the squamish!

 

Out and About

Leeds has some fantastic open spaces, including Roundhay Park, which, at over 700 acres,  is one of the biggest city parks in Europe. 

Visit the stunning gardens and lakes, as well as cafes, playgrounds, and Tropical World, home to meerkats, tropical birds, butterflies, and a host of other wildlife. 

Kirkstall Abbey represents one of Leeds’ most important historical monuments – it’s well worth taking the time to enjoy the breathtaking Gothic ruins, while strolling along the banks of the River Aire. 

A 12th Century former-monastery, the Abbey is located to the North East of the city, and hosts regular events, including a monthly market, musical performances and outdoor cinemas. 

 

Somewhere to Stay…

Need a place to stay while you’re enjoying the delights of Leeds? 

The Chambers offers two sets of stunning apartments, located in the heart of Leeds, at Park Place and Riverside West. 

Whether you are planning an overnight trip to Leeds, or an extended stay, The Chambers offers style and comfort – a home-from-home feel in a luxury, boutique setting. 

For more information, or to book your stay, call The Chambers on 0113 386 3300 or book online at morethanjustabed.com.