After a few years of growth, with a new shopping centre and arena under its belt, Leeds is riding high. Thanks to its small but perfectly formed city centre, crammed with designer shopping, cultural pursuits, award-wining restaurants and a killer nightlife scene, and its breath-taking surrounding countryside, it’s no wonder so many are making it their new hangout. Whether you’re a local or a newbie, here are twenty reasons why this Northern city should be your next weekend break.
Harewood House and Gardens
This country house based near Leeds was designed by architects John Carr and Robert Adam and built between 1759 and 1771 for a wealthy plantation owner. Nowadays it's open to the public to explore its opulent rooms, stroll the gardens and, of course, enjoy an afternoon tea.
Henry Moore Institute
One of the largest sculpture galleries in Europe, the Henry Moore Institute has an ever-changing roster of temporary exhibitions in three large spaces. Check the website so see what’s coming up.
Visit https: Henry-Moore.org
Hyde Park Picturehouse
Catch a movie at the Hyde Park Picturehouse, a small cinema in the heart of studentland showing an eclectic range of arthouse and cult films.
The world-renowned Northern Ballet is well worth a visit during a trip to Leeds, especially if you go before April, in time to catch Swan Lake. With an emphasis on classic training, its dancers are as awe-inspiring as the backdrops they perform in.
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Continue your culture trip with a visit to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, a vibrant and contemporary arts space that shows a range of thought-provoking plays.