Leeds is a city in the county of Yorkshire with a rich heritage and many things to do. Leeds is the third largest city in the UK, so the city centre itself boasts free museums, galleries, cafes and many restaurants.
For us, Leeds is the ideal city to visit for a day excursion as it is a short trip from the North East and the city has great activities for all ages. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Leeds:
Leeds City Museum
Leeds City Museum offers free entry and an exciting and historical day out for the family. There are six galleries for you to visit and the museum has four floors of incredible history to be discovered, from Egyptian mummies to Greek pottery to Roman artefacts.
If you want to learn more about the area, explore the history of the city in the Leeds Story Gallery. The gallery reflects on people’s lives in the city through the years. The museum has a changing programme of exhibitions, so please visit the museum’s website before our day excursion.
Shopping in Leeds is all centred in the city with something for everyone. All the shops are a short walk from each other with high street brands, luxury brands, market stalls and boutiques.
While shopping in Leeds you can also explore the breath-taking Victorian and Edwardian buildings that many of these shops are located in. Leeds is a shopper’s paradise that combines a bit of everything and offers a shopping experience like no other city.
Trinity Leeds is located in the heart of the city and is housed under a stunning glass roof between Briggate and Albion Street. Trinity has over 120 shops, bars and restaurants which makes it ideal for the serious shopping addicts.
The building has 3 floors and is open from Monday to Saturday until 8pm, with the bars and restaurants open until late into the night. After you have enjoyed a meal you can venture onto Briggate high street where you will find more fashion shops such as House of Fraser and Debenhams.
If you are looking for luxury goods, head to Victoria Leeds. Victoria Leeds is a new retail destination with beautiful architecture and with more than 75 designer brands.
Luxury buys aren’t our kind of thing, but for us Victoria Leeds is worth mentioning simply for the beautiful architecture. The Victoria Quarter’s Grade II arcades are spectacular and worth the visit.
Shopping in the city isn’t complete without a visit to Leeds’ historic Kirkgate Market. Leeds Kirkgate Market is a Grade I listed building dating from 1875 which makes it a must-see attraction.
The market is one of the largest markets in Europe and has over 600 stalls. We suggest walking around the market to not only see what is on offer, but to also meet the local friendly traders.
Have a break from all the shopping and try one of the cuisines on offer at Leeds Kirkgate Market. From Indian, Chinese to crepes and fine patisserie, you won’t know what to try first.
Traders also offer fresh groceries, organic produce and craft supplies. Find out more about the market here.
There are many places to eat and drink in Leeds – just take a walk around the city centre and you can find something for everyone. In our last trip to Leeds we had the chance to enjoy an amazing brunch at Friends of Ham.
If you like quality food and tapas (British tapas that is!) then we suggest you have a food break at Friends of Ham. This unique deli serves up artisan hams, cheese, wine and quality draft beer.
Enterprise Travel often visits the great city of Leeds so please keep an eye on our calendar for our next day trip to Leeds.
If you would like to visit Leeds for a fun day trip with your family and friends, or for a stag party with the lads, our coaches are available for hire. Contact us on 01325 286924 or request a quick quote here.