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Leeds Activities & Things To Do

Leeds is the biggest city in West Yorkshire. The city centre may be small but it is jam packed with shops, high street chains to independent boutiques. The Victoria Quarter houses the finest designer stores in beautiful Victorian architecture under spectacular arcades. For a new experience there is the Grand Arcade which houses only independent retailers, you’re bound to find something different individual in one of these fabulous shops. Many famous bands hail from Leeds from Soft Cell to the Kaiser Chiefs.

Of course, a great way to get to know the city is to take one its many tours. Why not follow Leeds Owl Trail for a unique view of the city.

Now we couldn’t talk about Leeds without mentioning Emmerdale, the UKs third most popular soap opera. Book onto one of the bus tours, to see the sights and sets of the show peeking behind the scenes while soaking up the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

Getting there

Leeds train station serves the city with trains which can get you to London in approximately 2hours 15minutes and to Edinburgh in about 3hours. Leeds Bradford International Airport is about 20 minutes outside of town. Leeds is serviced by the M62 motorway.

Top Sights, activities & must do

For the first time ever, le Tour de France will be visiting the north of England this summer. Le Grand Depart will be part of the Yorkshire Tour de France, under the umbrella of the 100 days festival.

Leeds Waterfront Festival takes place in June featuring a fantastic range of cultural and sporting along the waterfront.

Let’s Rock Leeds will take place in June featuring some of the most memorable and famous musical acts of the 1980s including Bananarama and Alexander O’Neal. A day suitable for family fun since those of us who remember these acts the first time round are now all grown up. The Leeds Festival takes place in August showcasing some of the biggest names in rock music over six stages, including Imagine Dragons and Jake Bugg.

Leeds United were a huge team in the Premier League, advancing to the semi-finals of the Champions League with players like Rio Ferdinand and Eric Cantona. Having banked on payouts from the Champions League to pay off the club’s debts, their inability to stay on top meant that financial turmoil struck. This lead to the team’s relegation – twice! They have become a cautionary tale in the world of football managers in terms of not overextending your club.

Why not visit the Leeds Wall for the best experience in indoor rock climbing in the North of England. Leeds has some beautiful theatres including the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Leeds Grand Theatre.

Things to do at night

Call Lane is a popular place for students and tourists alike to visit for a good night out. Maybe stop by the Oracle to sip Champagne in the Moet Terrace for a swanky evening. Take in a large scale spectacle at the O2 Academy of Leeds.

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