13 fun things to do in Leeds, UK

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As you may already know, I’m working with VisitEngland to prove to you (and myself) that adventure and excitement really can be found right on our doorsteps here in the UK.

After uncovering a weekend in the Lake District in early October, I then went on last week to take a microgap adventure to Leeds, in Yorkshire. You can check out my guide for planning your adventure in Leeds here.

In this post, I’ve rounded up 13 things that you should consider (and definitely do) when you next find yourselves in the city…

As always, I’ve put all my hotspots in a handy Google Map for you to open on your phone so you don’t get lost on your travels.

Here are my top 13 things to do for the best weekend in Leeds…

1. Wander through Kirkgate Market

Home to the first ever Marks and Spencers, this Grade I listed building dates back to 1857, and is the largest indoor marker in Europe! Perfect for fresh fruit and groceries.

2. Indulge in afternoon tea at The Tetley

A cup of tea and a scone with clotted cream and jam are waiting for you in the heart of Leeds’ Southbank.
You can’t get more English than that, can you? Mmmm-mmmm.

Top tip: It’s worth booking this in advance because they are usually full!

  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK

3. Take a barista class at 200 degrees

Find out everything there is to know about coffee: how to use an espresso machine, how to steam milk into the smoothest of consistencies, how to make THAT heart with the froth on the top of the coffee, how to make the best coffee at home, as well as learning about the different beans, notes and roasting.

4. Visit Harrogate’s Victorian Turkish baths

One of the 7 remaining Turkish Baths that date back to the 19th century, this one has been fully restored and is honestly stunning inside: the perfect place to relax in a tranquil environment.

5. Enjoy more tea and coffee at Betty’s Tearooms

Hop on a short 30 minute train to the nearby spa town of Harrogate. Then head to Betty’s the famous cafe for a hot drink and a slice of cake when England’s weather isn’t being so kind. The cake tastes great in the sunshine too ;-).

  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK

6. Explore the countryside in a tuk tuk

Who needs Thailand when you have Andrew in Yorkshire?!

Book your Lovetuktuk experience here.

7. Escape the city and go to the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Wrap up warm and take advantage of the fresh air and rolling hills of Yorkshire: close enough to the city to get to, far away enough to fully switch off…

8. Treat yourself to beers and dinner at the Northern Monk Refectory

With great food in general and particularly great vegan dishes and craft beer, this isn’t one you want to miss.

  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
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9. Dine at Ox Club

The best Yorkshire has to offer. Not only because the food is Michelin-listed, but because there is even a rooftop area for when the weather is warmer!

10. Pop to the Leeds Corn Exchange

An impressive Victorian structure filled with independent retailers and eateries.

  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK
  • A 3-day microgap adventure in Leeds, UK

11. Take a class at Yoga Hero

So much cheaper than the London prices you may be used to, but without a drop in quality, and with a fab coffee shop next door (North Star Coffee)!

Book your class and see the timetable here.

12. Go shopping!

Trinity Mall, Victoria Quarter, White Rose Centre… this compact city is a shopaholic’s dream!

13. Grab a bite to eat from Trinity’s Kitchen

More vegan yumminess!

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Bonus: If you’re in Leeds during the festive season, be sure to check out the Christmas Market!

You can see everything I’ve mentioned above in this video:

Have you been to Leeds?

What were your favourite things to do and places to eat? I’d love to know!

Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie.

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