Posted in: Student BlogMarch 15, 2016 11:50 am
Spending a day in Leeds? There are so many things to see in the city that it can be hard to decide what to add to your itinerary. We have come up with a 24 hour guide to Leeds to help you plan the perfect day out. Check out some of the suggestions below.
7am – Morning walk around Golden Acre Park
If you are prepared to get up early, you can benefit from a refreshing walk around one of Leeds open spaces. Golden Acre Park covers an area of 137 acres and has a wildfowl lake, beautiful gardens and meadows. A brisk walk will help to wake you up and get you ready for the day ahead.
8am – Treat yourself to breakfast
Treat yourself to a proper Yorkshire breakfast out in Leeds. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and hotels that served mouth-watering breakfasts.
9am – Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH, England
After a satisfying breakfast, you will be ready for a day of exploring. First stop? The amazing Kirkstall Abbey, which is a short drive out of the city centre, but a must visit attraction. It has the most spectacular architecture and is set amongst wildlife and lush greenery. This is your chance to see a part of Medieval Britain.
10.30 am Wander round The Gallery at Munro House
Get a taste of the art scene in Leeds by wandering round The Gallery at Munro House. The aim of this gallery is to support local arts and culture. This independent gallery exhibits and represents ‘artists, illustrators, photographers and designers specialising in all types of media.’ Munro House offers free entry, so step inside and spend an hour browsing around the gallery.
11.30am – A spot of retail therapy in
You can’t really go to Leeds and not take advantage of the shopping that’s on offer. Shop for all the brands you could possibly want at the Trinity shopping centre, treat yourself in the upmarket shops at Victoria Quarter or try County Arcade and The Corn Exchange.
1pm – Picnic at Roundhay Park
Take some time out from the bustling city and enjoy a peaceful picnic at Roundhay Park (weather permitting!). Roundhay Park is one of the biggest city parks in Europe, spreading over 700 acres. This green open space in the city attracts over a million visitors a year.
2.00pm – Follow Leeds Waterfront Heritage Trail
Leeds Waterfront Heritage Trail. It passes through the likes of Wellington Place, Holbeck Urban Village, Granary Wharf, The Calls and Brewery Wharf, showing off the city’s industrial development, all while enjoying a picturesque 4 mile walk down the River Aire.
3.00pm – Stop for coffee and cake at Love Rouge
The Yorkshire breakfast has quickly become a popular student spot. They serve a fantastic selection of yummy cupcakes and cakes. There are loads of cafes serving tasty cakes throughout the city, so make time to indulge in some coffee and cake during your day trip to Leeds.
4.00pm – Uncover Leeds City Museum
From Egyptian mummies to Roman artefacts, Iron Age tools to Greek pottery, Leeds City Museum has four floors of incredible history that’s just waiting to be discovered. It also has a Collectors’ Gallery full of people’s weird and wonderful obsessions, as well as oodles of local history. Leeds City Museum is no doubt one of the best cheap and informative days out you’ll find in Leeds.
6.00pm – Catch a performance at the Yorkshire Playhouse or watch live music
Make your way to this impressive venue and catch a play. Music more your thing? Then head to a free gig instead, if you plan in advance there are lots of free gigs showcasing local talent throughout the year.
8.30pm – Dinner out
Leeds is well-known for its thriving culinary scene, so you won’t be short of restaurants to choose from. Decide what sort of cuisine you want and treat yourself to dinner out in Leeds. Yorkshire breakfast to get you started.
10.00 pm – Head to the bars on Call Lane
If you still have some energy left, finish your day out by partying the night away. Make your way to Call Lane, where most of the bars and clubs are and take advantage of the vibrant party atmosphere.
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This post was written by Lauren Simpson