10 THINGS YOU MUST DO IN LEEDS
We know you’ll love the global appeal of Caribbean culture, food and music on show at the Carnival. But whilst you’re here (and when you come back), why not take in some of the other must-do’s that help to make Leeds such a great place to be.
Leeds City Museum – Visit Leeds City Museum for a trip back in time more than 3,000 years in local and world history. Ancient artifacts rub shoulders with Leeds Festival, and don’t miss the Leeds Tiger; beloved by the city for years.
Crafthouse & Angelica– The critics are raving about Leeds’ newest restaurant, perched high above the city and offering fantastic views. For a coffee or a cocktail among the rooftops go upstairs to Angelica and visit their stunningly glamorous bar.
Leeds Art Gallery – It’s easy to see why Leeds Art Gallery is an integral part of the new Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, its collection of works is thought to rival the Tate gallery and its fine art collection has been designated ‘nationally important’.
Royal Armouries – One of Leeds’ most famous attractions and one of Yorkshire’s national museums, the Royal Armouries is Britain’s collection of arms and armour through the ages and is home to over 75,000 pieces from across the globe.
See a gig – Leeds has long been famous for its nightlife, but the city is also taking its place as one of the best places to see live music. The newly opened 13,500 seat First Direct Arena is a unique venue to see the biggest acts, as is the nearby O2 Academy with its more intimate stage. For less known and independent bands as well as a fine selection of local ales, check out Brudenell Social Club.
Afternoon tea – A true Leeds institution, the 4* Queen’s Hotel is an unmistakable art deco palace in the heart of the city. Its retro 1930s bar is famous for the quality of its afternoon teas and tasty finger foods have been fortifying travellers since 1937.
Café Culture – Leeds is awash with friendly café’s serving delectable homemade cakes and savouries. Try Timoney’s in Oakwood run by a flame haired Australian whose creations make you want to stay forever or head for Taste on Chapeltown Road for the biggest cookies ever and home crafted ‘boutique’ pizzas.
Cocktails – Leeds is the nightlife capital of Yorkshire, so in terms of bars you’re spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for a venue with a difference, though, the Sky Lounge at Doubletree by Hilton offers a large variety of cocktails in front of the best panoramic views of Leeds available. Or head for the Alchemist in the new Trinity shopping centre for a delicious cocktail inspired by Leeds Carnival – Crème de Carnival.
Ale trail – No trip to Leeds would be complete without sampling one of Yorkshire’s best known specialities, and the city has no shortage of fantastic pubs. Whitelocks is the oldest pub in Leeds and features a beautiful period interior and a fine selection of local ales.
Roundhay Park – One of Europe’s great Victorian parks, Roundhay Park is over 700 acres of park, lakes, woods and gardens and also contains a castle, a mansion and one of the UK’s largest tropical greenhouses.
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