The cities of York, Sheffield and Manchester are also close by, so make sure that you rent a car and explore this lively area.
What Can You See in Leeds?
If you fancy discovering the great outdoors without having to travel too far, there are numerous walks on your doorstep in Leeds. Embark on the Trans Pennine Trail, or if you are an art connoisseur, stroll along Leeds Art Walk.
If you have the kids in tow, Lotherton Hall boasts impressive grounds along with a red deer park and a vast array of birds. Tropical World is also a haven for a variety of animals such as bats and meerkats.
For something more energetic, or watching someone else breaking a sweat at least, you can catch a rugby game at Headingly Carnegie Stadium. Wetherby Racecourse offers a wide range of events and a visit here can provide entertainment for all ages.
Places to Visit Outside of Leeds
The Spa town of Harrogate is only a short 30 minute drive away from Leeds, so perfect for a day trip. Visit the Royal Pump Room Museum which is located on the strongest sulphur well in Europe. Take a peek into the history surrounding Harrogate here. See a show at Harrogate Theatre and enjoy exploring the streets.
If you are looking to immerse yourself in the British countrywide, then head to Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve in your hire car. Marvel at 700 hectares of varying habitats such as blanket bogs and gaze in awe if you spot a bird of prey.
Drive in the opposite direction towards the Yorkshire Dales and stop off in Grassington. Not only can you enjoy the annual Grassington Festival if you visit at the right time, but you can amble along the narrow streets and wander into the shops along the way. Linton Falls is also nearby, so make a beeline for this place to round off your day.
Visiting the walled city of historic York is a must during your stay in this area. Admire York Minster and Clifford’s Tower for starters, and then discover more about York at the Yorkshire, Castle and Railway Museums. Indulge in some retail therapy along the cobbled streets then grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in central York.