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Spending a Weekend in Leeds : Explore, Eat and Party

Weekend in Leeds should be spent exploring its beautiful destinations, eating exotic food and partying hard. Leeds is an exotic blend of heritage and modernized regime. It is the largest city of West Yorkshire County and third largest in England.

Leeds showcases a remarkable architecture which is an intermingling of Victorian and modern construction. A weekend in Leeds can be really exciting for travellers. The city is best known for Shopping, Sports, Education and an astonishing nightlife. Explore these and much more on your visit to this lively city.

Leeds is the liveliest place to visit in England. Recently, Leeds featured in the list of best cities to live in England.  It also made to number 5 spot in Lonely Plane’s list of  Top 10 European Travel Destinations of 2017.

Let me elaborate more on spending a weekend in Leeds in this blog based on my personal experience.

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Spending a Weekend in Leeds: Top Things to do

The City has a flourishing cultural scene and is rich with Georgian, Victorian, 20th and 21st-century architecture. There are many museums, cafés, restaurants and theatres that a traveller can explore. Here’s a brief overview of the top things to do on a weekend in Leeds.

Visit the civic structure of the city – Leeds Town Hall
Check out First Direct Arena – the place that hosts celebrities across the globe
Immerse yourself in some splendid artwork at the Leeds Art Gallery
Hang out at Millennium Square, situated right in the city centre
Spend at least 3 hours at the Leeds City Museum
Go shopping at various marketplaces.
Munch yourself out at various eateries
Be a part of the nightlife in Leeds

Leeds: An Overview

Before we find out more about spending a weekend in Leeds, let us understand the city a little better –

Location

West Yorkshire, England    

Best Time to Visit

Throughout the Year

Airfare

INR 50000 – Round Trip

Key Attractions

City Centre, Headingley Stadium, Leeds Town Hall, Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, Direct Arena

Nearest Airport

Leeds – Bradford Airport

Nearest Destinations

York, Bradford, Harrogate



What are the Best Places to Visit While Spending a Weekend in Leeds?

Leeds is a city full of grace and grandeur. While spending a weekend in Leeds, make sure to drop by the following –

 Leeds Town Hall

Archetypal in Grace and a glorious Victorian Architecture, Leeds Town Hall is a must visit for every traveller. This civic structure is one of the largest Town Halls in England.

Taking a throwback to the history, Leeds Town Hall was established in the year 1858 which then was inaugurated by Queen Victoria. The key highlights of the Town Hall are Portland stone lion statue situated around the building.

During a weekend in Leeds, take the incredible tour around the Town Hall.

weekend in leeds Leeds Town Hall is a must visit for every traveller. Photography by Mark Auty

 First Direct Arena

Accommodating a capacity of approx. 13,500, First Direct Arena is a must visit for every traveller wanting to spend a weekend in Leeds.

Located right in the Leeds city centre, First Direct Arena has been a host to celebrity faces like – Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Bryan Adams, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Miley Cyrus in the music genre followed with artists from Comedy Genre like – Lee Evans, Jack Whitehall, Impractical Jokers and so on.

It’s not limited to the artistic events. Its been host to WWE as well. The building has marked its space in the category of England’s greatest Landmarks along with winning the best new venue award in the year 2014.

Located right in the City Centre, First Direct Arena has been a host to celebrity faces. Photography by Bernadette

Leeds Art Gallery

Are you an Art Lover? Even if you aren’t you will assuredly fall in love with this sphere of Art.

Leeds Art Gallery showcases the Finest British Art taking you through with the best paintings of the British Era.

Leeds Art Gallery was established back in 1887 in the honour of Queen Victoria. Currently, the Gallery is managed by the City Council. The entry to the gallery and tour is completely free of cost.

weekend in leeds Leeds Art Gallery showcases the Finest British Art. Photography by Anthony Ho

Millennium Square

One of the most attractive spaces to spend a weekend in Leeds is Millennium Square. It is situated right in Leeds city centre.

Also known as the heart of Leeds, this is a host to several live events and a home to the Big Screen where you can watch Wimbledon while walking down the road.

It hosts the German Christmas Market where you could enjoy some yummylicious delicacies, shop around, go Marie go round and play games under the stars.

Leeds German Market takes place every year starting from the month of October to December.

weekend in leeds Known as the heart of Leeds, Millennium Square is a host to several live events. Photography by Naveen Manikya Pallem

 Leeds City Museum

Established in the year 1819, Leeds City Museum takes you through the British History.

The museum comprises of different galleries and the key attraction is the Map of Leeds designed right in the centre of the museum.

Life on Earth is another gallery which is a must visit within the museum. The entry to the museum is free of charge. Make sure to at least take 3 hours out of the schedule during the weekend in Leeds tour.

weekend in leeds Established in the year 1819, Leeds City Museum takes you through British History. Photography by Mustafa Alti Parmak

Where and What to Shop During a Weekend in Leeds?

Weekend in Leeds is going to be more fun if you love shopping. It has some of the loveliest places to shop and window shop. The shopping arcades are beautiful in design and showcase some of the best brands. The best places to shop in Leeds are:

Leeds City Centre
Victoria Quarter
Trinity Leeds
Leeds Kirkgate Market
Victoria Gate

Shopping During Weekend in Leeds: Elaborate Details

Are you a Shopaholic? Then, spending a weekend in Leeds shopping will prove fun. Here’s your shopping in Leeds guide:

Leeds City Centre

 This is the heart of Leeds. Surrounded by more than 100 brands and fashion house, Leeds City Centre is the destination for your shopping.

Walk down the street during a weekend in Leeds and you’ll be guaranteed tired of Window Shopping.

Major brands with their outlets are – River Island, Debenhams, Pandora, Marks and Spencers, etc.

Victoria Quarter

Situated right in the middle of City Centre, Victoria Quarter is surrounded by premium brand outlets. Key stores available in the Victoria Quarter are – Louis Vitton, Harvey Nicholes, etc.

Trinity Leeds

The all-time favourite destination for your shopping and having a day out at Leeds. Trinity Leeds is a gigantic Shopping Centre which has recorded many awards since the record-breaking opening in the year 2013.

Leeds Kirkgate Market

Bored of those Lavish British Markets – Enter Kirkgate Market – the largest Asian Market where you get to do the grocery Shopping. The traditional market is packed with vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables.

Victoria Gate

This award-winning shopping centre is a recent development which was opened its gate in the year 2016. Victoria Gate was awarded as the best shopping centre in Europe due to its vivacious experience delivery to all the visitors.

weekend in leeds Leeds is a fun place to shop if you’re aware of the right places. Photography by Nicola

Best Places to Eat During Weekend in Leeds

During a weekend in Leeds,  enjoy a blend of cuisines from around the world. Here’s a list for the must-visit eateries –

Tharavadu Restaurant
Red Hot World Buffet
Greggs
Bella Italia
Patisserie Valerie
Nando’s

Weekend in Leeds: What all to Eat at the Best Places?

Tharavadu Restaurant

 This award-winning Indian Restaurant is a treat. Stop by here during your weekend in Leeds and taste Indian food.

This fine-dining restaurant satisfies your taste buds with delicacies straight from the heart of South India – Kerala.

 I recommend to try is its special fish and chicken curries.

Also, do not forget to order payasam – a guaranteed sweet desire.

weekend in leeds Try amazing south Indian cuisine at Tharavadu Restaurant. Photography by DB

Red Hot World Buffet

One of the best eateries to tickle taste buds while spending a weekend in Leeds. Enter the extravaganza of cuisines from around the world – Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mediterranean, Italian, Indian and much more. 

Try extravaganza of cuisines at Red Hot World Buffet. Photography by Luke Wilkinson

Greggs

This food place is a great stoppage for every traveller. Greggs offers the best coffee, donuts and pastries to try on while walking around the city.

weekend in leeds Hang out at Greggs for the best donuts and coffee. Photography by Diana Bulmaga

Bella Italia

 Situated right in the middle of city centre, Try on the best pasta and Italian delicacies of the city at Bella Italia.

weekend in leeds Savour Italian cuisine at Bella Italia. Photography by Giulia

Patisserie Valerie

If you are a chocolate lover, then, this is the perfect place for you to stop by during a weekend in Leeds.

Travellers with a sweet tooth have got to try desserts at Patisserie Valerie. Photography by Shelley Brady

Nando’s

 Get the city’s best chicken at Nandos. Enjoy exotic periperi chicken which no other place could offer.

Weekend in Leeds

Try the best Peri peri Chicken in town at Nando’s. Photography by Emily de Luca

Weekend in Leeds can get Crowded: Where to Stay?

Finding a place to stay during a weekend in Leeds is not much of a headache. Here are some decent suggestions –

Name of the Hotel Price starting from:
Hotel Ibis Leeds 30 pounds
The Avenue Hotel 25 pounds
Clayton Hotel 30 pounds
Holiday Inn Express 30 pounds
Haley’s Hotel 35 pounds

Weekend in Leeds is Incomplete Without Being a Part of the Nightlife

Leeds is known as the liveliest cities due to its amazing nightlife. Have fun around the city centre and show your moves on Dance Floors.

Must Visit Clubs During Weekend in Leeds

When it comes to Leeds, it is hard to ignore the vibrant nightlife. The city is full of fun places to party. The clubs range from casual to high end. The crowd is mostly decent, the food is great and the fun is unending. Travellers from across the globe visit Leeds annually and surely try out the fancy clubs.

The top 5 clubs that should be on your ‘go to’ list –

O2 Academy
Tiger Tiger
Prizm
Control

Useful Tip: Do not forget to carry your ID when going to a club. Also, Do not wear sports shoes while going to a club.

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Tips for Travelers Spending Weekend in Leeds

I’ve got a few tips which you should follow while in spending a weekend in Leeds –

Getting around

Getting around Leeds is very easy. Leeds city centre where most of the attractions are located is within walking distance of one another.

When spending a weekend in Leeds, use local transport service. Buses are a great option and recommended. Get a day pass made for approx. 12 pounds for a day and travel whole day long using Bus.

Cheap Cabs

Use Ace or Amber Cabs as a first priority as they are cheaper in rates as compared to Apollo and City Cabs.

Cheap Shopping

Primark is the destination where you could get the clothes and other fashion accessories in extremely cheap rates. Though the rates are cheap but the quality has not been compromised.

Stay Safe

Be careful while visiting Hyde Park in late evening hours as they are not safe enough due to the previous record of burgling.

Free Maps

If you are only visiting Leeds city centre, get hold of one of the free maps available at the tourist information centres and a number of visitor attractions. These are simple to follow and can be useful while strolling around.

Leeds is a fantastic destination for all kind of travellers. So if you are in England, explore the city of Leeds. So, don’t wait now.  Book your tickets and explore England’s Best Destination.

Happy wayfaring 🙂

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tanu Sharma

Tanu Sharma

Tanu Sharma is a traveller, a blogger and a freelancer who is working on her passion. She possesses work experience in the field of Hospitality, Education, Telecom and IT. After working for 4 years, Tanu finally quit her job to work on her passion for writing and travelling.

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