Are your parents coming to visit you in Leeds soon? Are you unsure of things to do whilst they’re visiting? Based on our experience, you probably want to get out and about rather than staying in your home all weekend. We’re here to give you some suggestions of things you might like to do.
In Leeds you are never short of things to do. There’s so much on offer; including world class shopping, engaging museums and attractive green space. We’ve detailed some of the best below:
Leeds City Museum
Are you keen to find out more about the history of Leeds? If so, this is the place for you. Entrance to the museum is free but some special exhibitions may have a small charge. One of the oddest exhibits is a stuffed tiger that was gifted to the museum back in the 19th Century. When it was gifted to the museum it was a tiger skin rug which was soon stuffed with straw, and remains the same to this day.
Another excellent free museum is the Royal Armouries, at Leeds Dock. The museum showcases arms and armour from around the world and through time; and they also host a variety of events throughout the year. Best of all why not take the free water taxi straight to Leeds Dock from Granary Wharf (by the south entrance to Leeds Railway Station)?
On a dry day, visiting Roundhay Park is a must. Roundhay Park includes sprawling parkland, impressive lakes, woodlands and gardens. Even if it’s wet, why not visit Tropical World? Entrance is cheap and there’s a whole host of animals; such as meerkats, lizards, snakes, monkeys and tortoises.
Meanwood Valley Urban Farm
Whilst visiting Meanwood Valley Urban Farm isn’t an all-day event, it certainly makes an interesting visit where you can see alpacas, donkeys, goats, sheep and cows. Best of all, entrance is a mere £2. Why not combine a visit to the Urban Farm with a walk on the Meanwood Valley Trail?
Further afield, there’s loads of places that are well worth a visit and only a short drive or train-ride away:
Many of you will have heard of Ilkley from ‘On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at’. Ilkley is about a 30 minute drive or train ride from Leeds. You can walk on the moor, clamber around at the Cow and Calf and/or visit the famous Betty’s Tea Room. Unsurprisingly, Betty’s has a massive selection of loose leaf tea and homemade cakes. One of the most popular cakes is a ‘Fat Rascal’; a fruit scone with a cherry and almond face.
Another attractive place to visit is Saltaire village. Saltaire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village was established by Sir Titus Salt when he built a textile mill; with housing, a hospital, libraries and schools for his workers and their families. An art gallery and shops is now based in the textile mill, and the village is well-worth a wander around. A walk from Saltaire along the Aire makes a nice day out too.
Home to the ‘world famous’ bed race (the next one is the 8th June 2019), Knaresborough is a popular place to visit. You could choose to punt on the River Nidd (if it’s not too cold), or just wander around the Medieval streets and market square. The UK’s oldest visitor attraction, Mother Shipton’s Cave, is close by but this does close during the winter months.
Wherever you choose to go, we’re sure you’ll have a great time. If you think there are other places we could suggest then don’t hesitate to get in contact with us!