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Things to do in Leeds
Leeds is the largest city in the United Kingdom’s West Yorkshire. Today, the city is well known as the biggest financial centre in the UK outside of London, but it’s also a famous destination for its museums, theatres, shopping, nightlife, sports, and other entertainment.
You’ll enjoy all of these fun activities in beautiful buildings influenced by Victorian and Georgian architecture. Leeds is not your typical tourist destination, which means that you’ll get a whole new travel experience during your trip. From museums and landmarks to shopping districts, sports centres, and music festivals, Leeds really is a feast for the senses.
Ride the double-decker bus around the city centre and have a tour of Leeds’ iconic spots like the Millennium Square, Leeds Cathedral, Saint John the Evangelist’s Church, Leeds Minster, and the dazzling Leeds Town Hall.
Get your fill of the city’s culture and spend hours taking in the sights and sculptures at the Henry Moore Institute. Imagine thousands of epic battles at the Leeds Royal Armouries Museum. Take the city’s railway and visit Leeds Art Gallery, and take your family to the Leeds City Museum.
If you are more of a sports fan than a culture vulture,catch a football game at Elland Road. Tour the stadium of the Leeds United Football Club. Go see the Leeds Rhinos. And if you’re trip is scheduled from January to March, go ice-skating outdoors in Ice Cube at the Millennium Square.
If shopping is your favourite sport, Leeds is a leading shopping city too! From luxury to independent stores, and modern to antiques finds, Leeds has it all. Take a trip down to Harvey Nichols and Kirkgate Market. Feel like royalty when you spend your Euros at the luxurious Victoria Quarter. Shop for antiques, records, vintage clothes and more at Leeds Corn Exchange.
Other top spots in Leeds for you to let out your shopaholic side are the Grand Arcade, Thornton's Arcade, Central Arcade, and Trinity Leeds. Your last stop even has the Trinity Kitchen to cater to your inner foodie too!
Do you need a little break from the city? Are you longing for nature? Be surrounded by blooms at Golden Acre Park. Take the bus and be transported back to Asia at the Japanese Gardens of Hall Park. Spend an afternoon at Kirkstall Abbey Park, where you’ll also see the gorgeous ruins of Kirkstall Abbey.
Enjoy the perfect pint in Leeds’ oldest pub at Whitelock's Ale House. Enjoy a range of different beers at Tapped. Drink cocktails with a fantastic view of the city at Angelica at the Trinity. And in the same building, you can enjoy cocktails and coffee at The Alchemist.
Leeds is also a leading city for fantastic events in the UK. Don’t miss seeing the city light up at Leeds Lights Switch-On during the Christmas season. Join more than 80,000 fans to hear the best music and watch the live performance of your favourite musicians at Leeds Festival in late August.
Have a cup of tea and read this list of 10 things to do in Leeds so you can get the most out of your trip in this beautiful British city!
What you should know
The best time for you to visit Leeds is from May to September when the weather will be mild and you can enjoy the changing of the seasons from Spring to Autumn. Just remember that like the rest of England, it does rain in the city from time to time. And if you prefer chilly weather, you can consider visiting Leeds during winter, from December to February.
As part of the Schengen Convention, United Kingdom is accessible to Singaporean tourists visa-free. So get your suitcase now and start packing! For more travel info, just visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore website.
Travelling to and around Leeds
Once you’ve landed at Leeds Bradford Airport, you’ll be able to reach the city centre by taxi or bus. From here you can explore the city by bus, taxi, rail, boat, and on foot.
There’s more to England than London, so plan your trip to Leeds! Just get your passport ready and book your Leeds flights with Skiddoo today.
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