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5 Reasons to Road Trip In and Around Leeds

Road Trip - image courtesy of City Gate


The sun has got his hat on and it’s the perfect time for a road trip – and whether you’re planning an afternoon of exploring or taking an extended weekend break, the exciting city of Leeds has plenty to offer.

From visiting the ruins of majestic abbeys and ambling along the canal to days spent shopping and evenings of live music at the O2 Academy, Leeds is brimming with fun for the whole family. If you’re looking for some destination inspiration, we’re taking a look at reasons why you should head to Yorkshire this summer.


1. Say goodbye to schedules

When it comes to summer holidays, most of us are looking forward to being off the clock – but group holidays, flights abroad and day-long bus journeys mean we often have to stick to other people’s schedules. Planning a road trip with your family puts you in the driver’s seat and in control of your break. From deciding where to eat to pitching up for the night, every aspect of your trip is decided by you. So whether you’re looking for relaxation or on the hunt for an adrenaline-filled trip, Leeds is ready to oblige!


Victoria Quarter - image courtesy of City Gate


2. Shop ‘til you drop

Head into the heart of the city and there’s an array of outlets for those who love to shop. Trinity Leeds sits under a stunning glass roof and is a shopper’s paradise. With bars, restaurants and stores galore, there’s plenty to keep you busy. If you want to stay outdoors, hit the high street –
where you’ll find a number of beautiful boutiques just waiting to be uncovered.


3. Festival fun

School might be out but there’s no reason for education to take a backseat this summer. If you want to keep your young ones stimulated, Leeds hosts exciting festivals to suit all ages. From the annual VW festival to the illuminating Light Night festival, your family will need more than just a day to uncover all that this cosmopolitan city has to offer.


Kirkstall Abbey - image courtesy of City Gate


4. Step back in time

With architecturally impressive buildings at every turn, you won’t have to drive far to view Leeds’ manmade beauty. Thanks to its stunning grounds and Victorian museum, Kirkstall Abbey is a great day out – and with free parking and Bank Holiday opening hours, you’re guaranteed a stress-free day to remember. Whether you want to catch a glimpse of Harewood House, get lost in literature at Leeds Library or spend the day shopping in Granary Wharf, make sure you have your camera handy to snap some shots of these structures.


5. Food for thought

Whether it’s breakfast at the Burgundy Bar & Bistro or an afternoon in Roland’s beer garden, Leeds is a treasure trove of hot spots for foodies. Tease your tastebuds with homemade delights from The Greedy Pig or grab a £5 meaty treat at Boss Burgers – whatever you fancy, delicious food is always on the menu!

With the car fully stocked with snacks and a playlist of your favourite tunes, you can make the journey to Leeds part of the destination this summer.


Author bio:
Steven Crouch is the Marketing Manager at Citygate - bringing buyers the best new and used Volkswagen and ŠKODA deals available.