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Visiting Leeds for the Cricket?

Ideas and things to do while you're here to watch the cricket
England v Pakistan - Headingley general view - Alex WhiteheadSWpix.com

 

Welcome to Leeds. Whilst you’re here enjoying the cricket, why not explore the many experiences on offer in the surrounding area.

 

CRICKET AT HEADINGLEY

Emerald Headingley Stadium is home to The Yorkshire County Cricket Club along with Leeds Rhinos RLFC and Yorkshire Carnegie RUFC. Since its formation in 1863, Yorkshire County Cricket Club has strived for a sense of pride, belonging and tradition, alongside a string of excellent results, which has meant the club is regarded as one of the best in the world. Emerald Headingley Stadium also hosts a number of international games and has been hosting international cricket since 1899 and in 2019 is proud host to four ICC Cricket World Cup matches. In 2019, the stadium will also host the Third Specsavers Ashes Test Match – England vs Australia – 22nd – 26th August.

Emerald Headingley stadium is located in the suburb of Headingley, just 2.5 miles North-West from the city centre. Getting to and from the stadium and the city centre is easily done by car, train, bus or on foot. The stadium is a 10 minute drive from the city centre, or buses 19, 19a or 56 run regularly from the centre to the stadium with the journey taking around 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, Headingley Station is on the Harrogate Line and is a ten minute walk from the ground. Burley Park Station is also on the Harrogate Line and is a five minute walk from the ground. Find out more about travelling to the stadium here - yorkshireccc.com/gettingtoheadingley

 

Head of Steam Headingley

 

FIVE RESTAURANTS TO TRY

Headingley is home to so many excellent, award-winning restaurants, the hardest part is choosing where to go! So here are five ideas to get you started:

Salvo’s Italian restaurant, winner of Best Local Italian Restaurant on Gordon Ramsay's programme 'The F Word', is a family run restaurant serving authentic, well prepared Italian food in relaxed, convivial surroundings. 

Another award-winning restaurant in Headingley is The Olive Tree, offering a delicious Greek menu, with all your favourite classic Greek dishes, as well as a few of their own creations. 

Topping the TripAdvisor rankings is Santorini Bar & Grill, their Greek and Turkish dishes in a relaxed atmosphere are proving a hit. 

For something a little less formal try Jino’s for a true taste of Thai, or Red’s True Barbecue, a hit with meat-lovers.

 

PUBS AND BARS IN HEADINGLEY

Headingley boasts a whole hosts of bars and pubs guaranteeing a lively atmosphere and fun-filled evening.

With the Emerald Headingley Stadium nearby it’s no surprise that there are plenty of places to watch the latest sports matches on big screens while enjoying your drink of choice and a tasty meal; try The Original Oak, The Box, The Headingley Taps, Skyrack and Manahatta.

Manahatta is bringing a taste of New York to Headingley. Get shufflin’ with their two 18 foot maple wood European Shuffleboard tables. 

Or try the Gaming Floor at The Head of Steam with shuffle boards, American pool, darts, games consoles & more.

For a more relaxed atmosphere, the recently refurbished Arcadia is an excellent choice.

N.B. Don’t be alarmed if you spot some unusual outfits; many of the pubs in Headingley are prime locations on the ‘Otley Run’: an infamous pub crawl, popular with the local students, which requires participants to be in fancy dress!

 

Leeds Corn Exchange - credit Carl Milner Photography for Leeds City Council

 

FIVE THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WATCHING THE CRICKET

When you’re not busy cheering on your team, you’ll find lots of ways to keep yourself entertained within a stone’s throw of the stadium.

WATCH A FILM. Film fanatics are in for a ‘reel’ treat. Watch new releases and independent features in the historic settings of Cottage Road Cinema, one of the oldest cinemas in the country, or Grade II listed Hyde Park Picture House; believed to be the only one in the world still lit by gas.

ENJOY AN ARTY AFTERNOON. The Bowery is an independent art gallery, café and events space based in Headingley. See work from emerging artists, join in a coffee school or art workshop and be sure to stay for a coffee with a slice of homemade cake. 

Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre (HEART) boasts an interesting and eclectic events calendar; If you like live music, film, theatre, art, spoken word, quizzes or discussions you are sure to find something for you. The on-site Assembly Bar + Kitchen is the perfect place for a bite to eat.

HEAD FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS. Did you know over two-thirds of the Leeds district is open space, public parks, gardens and green belt land? Relax in the vast green space of Woodhouse Moor or Beckett Park. Or stretch your legs on the Meanwood Valley walking trail. Join the trail from Headingley for a short stroll or do the whole 7 mile linear walk from Woodhouse Moor to Golden Acre Park.

EXPLORE MORE OF THE STADIUM. Emerald Headingley Stadium is also home to The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Official Museum. This journey through Yorkshire’s cricketing heritage is sure to leave you inspired. The Museum will be open on every domestic match day during the season.

Join a stadium tour for exclusive behind-the-scenes tour access to restricted areas and insight into what goes on on a daily basis and on match days at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The tour runs on specific dates so be sure to check the website and book in advance. 

MAKE A DAY OF IT. Headingley is ideally located to enjoy a day trip to Leeds. With the city centre so close you can easily and quickly be in the heart of the city. Whether you’re looking for culture, attractions, history, shopping or just to wander and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, there’s so much to experience, it really is an all-rounder. We’ve put together some itineraries to help you make the most of your time in Leeds.

Just 10 miles North of Headingley is Otley, a quaint market town in a picturesque setting. The nearby Otley Chevin Forest Park offers stunning Wharfedale vistas from the 282-metre Surprise View summit. A visit to Otley is just one of many day trips to be enjoyed from Leeds.

Discover more day trips here!

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

So much to do and so little time! Why not make a stay of it? Headingley itself has a number of hotels. You can’t get much closer to the stadium than Headingley Lodge Hotel which offers 4 star accommodation overlooking the Yorkshire Cricket pitch, or just eight minutes’ walk away is the Premier Inn Leeds Headingley. Relax in the spa at the Village Hotel Leeds North or stay at Weetwood Hall; a 17th Century Jacobean Manor House. For a home away from home, there’s Haley’s Hotel and Ascot Grange Hotel.

With an excellent choice of accommodation in Leeds you’re sure to find a room that is just right for you. Find out more here.