Unique Gifts and Things To Do in LeedsOfficially established as a city in 1893, Leeds has grown to become the fourth most populated metro area in England, and is home to over 75 different ethnic groups. The diverse population is celebrated throughout the city’s art, music and gastronomic cultures and provides delight for all the senses. So if you are visiting Leeds for the first time, then your list of things to see and do will be a long one!
For a day filled with historic landmarks, galleries and museums, a visit to the city’s Civic Quarter is a ‘must do’. Here, you’ll be surrounded by Victorian architecture, including the Crown Courts, City Gallery and iconic Leeds Town Hall. Bordered by these famous landmarks is the contemporary Millennium Square - the focal point for entertainment events. For many music fans, Leeds is synonymous with bands such as Soft Cell, Kaiser Chiefs, Alt-J and Chumbawumba, so a stop-off at Millennium Square, should definitely be added to your list.
If you have a keen eye for a bargain, Leeds is the ultimate shopping destination of the North. Head to Trinity Leeds, for a broad range of high street treats including all of the UK’s top brands, or if you’re searching for something a little more quirky, then the Grade I listed Corn Exchange is a goldmine for one-off vintage designs, classic vinyl’s and independent food markets.
With more listed buildings than any city outside of London, there are plenty of historic houses and tourist hot spots to hit, both in Leeds city centre and it’s outer-edges. The Royal Armouries houses a world-renowned collection of arms and provides plenty of entertainment for the kids, Kirkstall Abbey provides spectacular views, and Harewood House to the north of the city and boasts exquisitely landscaped gardens, stately rooms, and an incredible collection of art to peruse at your leisure.
Leeds is centrally situated between three National Parks – the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Peak District – making it the ideal get-away location for holiday-goers wanting to explore the wilderness, before returning to the vibrant hubbub of cosmopolitan life. With an unlimited supply of wonderful woodland walks, traffic-free cycling trails and wildlife watching opportunities, you’ll be rearing to get your wellies or walkers on and head outside. For the action-hero types, there are a vast array of adventure and activity experiences on offer – test your aim with an Archery or Air Rifle Shooting lesson, brush up on your Bushcraft skills, or climb on a quad bike for a thrilling off-road trek. With all this and more available in Leeds’ surrounding towns and cities, you’d be mad not to venture outside of the city centre!
So whether you are visiting Leeds for a cultured weekend get-away, are looking for an adventure experience gift for a local or simply want a day out with the family, there is plenty on offer in Leeds.