72 HOURS IN LEEDS
Spending 72 hours in Leeds gives visitors the chance to explore all the city has to offer from culture and heritage to night time entertainment and exceptional shopping. Leeds is the gateway to the north, so there’s also plenty of opportunity for visitors to head further afield to take in the exceptional countryside
Morning: Get your bearings in the heart of the city by following the Owl Trail, searching for the intricately carved owls housed in a number of the city’s main attractions. Be sure to stop in at a few; the Henry Moore Institute, home to some of the country’s best sculpture attractions and Leeds City Museum, which hosts six interactive galleries are well worth spending some time to discover.
Afternoon: Explore the city’s beautiful arcades, taking time for lunch in Victoria Arcade’s Filmore & Union, whose focus on healthy, fresh food in a stylish setting is perfect for a long lunch.
Evening: Spend the evening discovering Trinity Leeds’ leisure gems – enjoy a few innovative cocktails in The Alchemist, before heading to Everyman Cinema, relishing a cinema experience like no other, with your own sofa, plus pizza and dessert to be enjoyed during the film of your choice.
Morning: Split your time in Leeds with a day seeing the sights of Yorkshire. Hire a car for the day, or hop on a bus and discover the drama and history of Harewood House. Little ones will love the exotic bird garden and abundant activities, while fans of the royal family will relish exploring the state rooms and admiring the extensive collections of art and photography
Afternoon: Continue the journey further afield and find yourself in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, discovering the spectacular scenery and quaint market towns of the region. Explore the route of the recent Yorkshire Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France, winding through the hills, as well as visiting one of the national park centres to learn more about the area.
Evening: Stay closer to home this evening, discovering the independent gems in Granary Wharf, home to the DoubleTree by Hilton. Begin with a few drinks at The Hop, a traditional real-ale house with a contemporary spin, before crossing the courtyard to savour traditional Brazilian cuisine at Fazenda Bar & Grill. Here, be delighted by the unique dining experience – each diner is given a card with red on one side and green on another, turn your card green side up for continuous table side service with an abundance of grilled meats on giant skewers and turn it red once you’ve had your fill.
Day: Leeds has been voted the best location in the UK for shopping by the Rough Guide to Britain, so with a longer weekend in the city, set aside plenty of time to make the most of the thousands of shops in the city centre. If you’re looking for designer goods, the Victoria Quarter, also home to the UK’s largest stained glass window, is the place to start, home to names such as Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith, as well as the first Harvey Nichols outside London.
Afternoon: If vintage or bespoke pieces are more your thing, then Leeds Corn Exchange is a must, filled with individual boutiques including independent bookstores, vintage shops and independent eateries. There are also regular vintage fairs and record sales in this spectacular Grade I listed building.
If you’re looking for your favourite high-street brands, Trinity Leeds, the city’s newest retail and leisure destination, will be the destination of choice, with over 120 shops housed under its iconic floating roof.
Evening: Leeds is proud to be the only UK city outside London to boast its own repertory theatre and ballet and opera companies. Catching a show is the perfect way to spend your final evening in the city, in the beautifully ornate Leeds Grand Theatre, be it soaking up the emotion of one of the Northern Ballet’s award-winning performances, taking in the drama of an exceptional play or experiencing your first opera from Opera North.