5 Things for Sports Fans to Do in Leeds
Leeds has seen some major developments in recent years, so it’s little wonder the city is buzzing with tourists all year round. From live entertainment and unusual activities to tempting cocktails and amazing eateries, the city is brimming with things to see and do - and if you’re a sports lover, Leeds has plenty to offer.
Today, we’re lifting the lid on what Leeds can offer sports enthusiasts, helping you to plan your next trip to this Northern metropolis.
1. Place a bet at Wetherby Racecourse
Wetherby Racecourse is 12 miles outside of Leeds, but it’s well worth the detour! With races dating back to the 1800s, the racecourse is popular with locals and tourists alike. The racecourse often host antiques shows and even property exhibitions, meaning there’s always something exciting coming up. With the annual Yorkshire Christmas Meeting at Wetherby Races just weeks away and next year’s fixtures list beginning to take shape, what are you waiting for?
2. Get active outdoors
If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, Yeadon Tarn is home to the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre - where you and your family can try your hand at everything from archery to rowing. There’s also a BMX track, where visitors can watch competitions take place in the summer months. With an array of weird and wonderful animals bringing the park to life, the views won’t disappoint and you’ll be able to find an activity to suit everyone.
3. Cycle through the city
With the Grand Départ of 2014's Tour de France putting Leeds on the map, why not hire your own bike and explore the city on two wheels? The Bike & Go system is active across the country - so once you’ve registered your details, you can hit the road in any one of the available locations across Britain. An annual pass is just £10 and, once you arrive in Leeds, you can collect your bike just outside the train station. Daily hire fees start at as little as £3.80, and you can keep the bike for up to 72 hours - which is perfect if you’re enjoying a long weekend in the city.
4. Watch a Rhinos game
Founded in 1870, but officially becoming Leeds Rhinos in 1997, the team is known for its famous blue and amber kit. Unlike other clubs who have moved around over the years, the Rhinos have only ever played at Headingley Stadium - which they share with Yorkshire Carnegie. A visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without catching the Rhinos in action - and thanks to a helpful stand guide, you can pick seats that suit you.
5. Take a tour of Leeds United stadium
For true sports fans, a trip to Elland Road is a must! You can take a tour through Leeds United’s stadium and marvel at players past and present. From the director's box to the players’ dressing room, you can go behind the scenes and become the envy of all your friends as you get close to where all the action takes place.
So, there you have it: 5 reasons for sports fans to take a trip to Leeds. Like you needed an excuse!
Author bio: Jay Connelly is a long time rugby fan and content writer for rugbystore, the world's largest online rugby retailer - supplying aspiring rugby players with great products to improve their game.