Are you heading to the UK and planning to venture up north? 170 miles north of London and just south of the stunning Yorkshire Dales, is pulsating city of Leeds. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you all of the best things to do in Leeds, the city located in the northern English county of Yorkshire.
Leeds is one of the best cities to visit in the UK. After uncovering a weekend in the Lake District, I then went on last week to take a micro gap adventure with Visit England to discover the best things to do in Leeds, in Yorkshire. You can check out my guide for planning your weekend in Leeds here.
Leeds is home to five universities, it has the UK’s fourth-largest student population and the country’s fourth-largest urban economy. You can imagine the thriving nightlife scene on offer. There are secret cocktail bars and rooftop venues galore, worth a stop by even if just for the evening!
In this post, I’ve rounded up a bucket list of things to do in Leeds for when you next find yourselves in the city…
Home to the first ever Marks and Spencers, this Grade I listed building dates back to 1857. It’s also one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, with over 800 stalls to explore. Wandering is free, so it’s a great place to visit in Leeds if you’re on a budget. If you’re looking to buy bits for your stay or souvenirs, the market is perfect for fresh food and groceries, as well as everything from fashion to jewellery, flowers, hardware and haberdashery.
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.
Leeds is very famous for being an excellent night out. Take the opportunity to put on your dancing shoes and hit one of the cities best party areas!
Find out more on their website here.
One of the best things to do in Leeds has to be making your own gin at Liquor Studio. Learn about the botanicals, blend your own gin and then take your bottle home! Find out more here.
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. Book your class here.
So much cheaper than the London prices you may be used to, but without a drop in quality, and with another fab coffee shop next door (North Star Coffee)! Add some self-care to your trip and take some time to really relax. Book your class and see the timetable here.
See more self-care tips on my blog here.
Book your Brewtown tour spot here.
Trinity Mall, Victoria Quarter, White Rose Centre… this compact city is a shopaholic’s dream!
It dates back over 1,000 years! Address: Church Ln, LS17 9DR.
With great food in general and particularly great vegan dishes and craft beer, this isn’t one you want to miss. Book your table here.
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! Book your table here.
Find all 25 owls hidden in the city, while also visiting all the famous monuments… I’ve heard it’s a hoot! Find out more here.
One of the most fun and creative things to do in Leeds! Find out more here.
A few galleries, museums and monuments to check out include…
Other green spaces to visit in Leeds include:
Challenge yourself and take a few days to complete this 62-mile circular route round the city. Check out the route here.
An impressive Victorian structure filled with independent retailers and eateries.
More vegan yumminess in the form of street food! Find out more here.
Leeds is magical at Christmas, with one of the best Christmas markets in the UK. If you visit in December, don’t miss it!
Located about 20 minutes outside Leeds city centre, on Leeds Road.
One of the biggest festivals in the UK, you’re sure to have fun here. Get tickets and check the line up here.
The iron man for drinkers, this challenge is not for the faint-hearted! Now one of the oldest established pub crawls in the UK, drink your way through 11-19 establishments (depending on the route you take) on your way from Headingley to Leeds city centre.
Don’t feel pressured into drinking too much. Drinking water is allowed, in fact, encouraged. Know your limit and please drink responsibly.
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…
Check out the full blog post here, or the videos below…
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. By the way, the cake tastes great in the sunshine too. Book afternoon tea here.
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. Book your Turkish bath experience here.
You can see some of my favourite things to do in Leeds in this video: