A Beginners Guide To Leeds

As you might have heard, if Yorkshire were its own country it would have come 12th in this year’s Olympics, beating countries such as Jamaica (even with Usain Bolt’s three gold medals) and Brazil, the host of the 2016 Olympics. So why not take a trip to Leeds, home of Olympic gold medallists Alistair Brownlee and Nicola Adams, and see what they’re putting in the water?

Keep yourself entertained

The Grand Theatre is a fabulous auditorium for seeing a spot of world-class ballet or opera from the resident Northern Ballet Theatre or Opera North companies. On the other hand, The Wet Spot is a monthly night of burlesque held at The Wardrobe for those that want their entertainment a bit cheekier.

Shop till you drop

There’s no doubt that Leeds is a shopper’s paradise. In fact, it’s not surprising to hear that some people prefer Leeds as a shopping destination over London when you consider the range of independent boutique stores, global fashion brands and smaller vintage shops that are all in such close proximity to each other.

The Corn Exchange, a Grade I listed building built in 1862, is the place to go for independent fashion or a quick bite to eat from Primos, a gourmet hot dog restaurant. Choose your bread, pick the type of sausage you want including beef Frankfurter, chorizo sausage and Lincolnshire Pork sausage and pile on toppings such as jalapeƱos and tomato salsa for a hot dog experience like no other.

Another shopping area you have to visit is the Victoria Quarter. This beautiful arcade boasts massive fashion names like Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton, but more impressive is the location itself. Extensive use of marble, mosaics and a coloured glass roof means you might be too busy snapping photos to spot that must-have top.

Take a trip back in time

If you fancy a day out of the city one of the top spots is definitely Kirkstall Abbey. These 12th century monasteries do a great job of competing with the breathtaking landscape for your camera’s attention, and the Abbey House Museum, which lets you experience 19th century Leeds, is only across the road.

Get a good night’s sleep

Despite the fact there’s so much going on, Leeds is quite a compact city with a decent public transport system, so wherever you go you’re never far from the action. hotels, but are just tucked away enough to give you a peaceful night’s sleep.

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