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48 Hours in Leeds by Girl About Leeds

By Kirsty Graham – 10th February 2020

A Weekend in Leeds

Leeds is one of the biggest, boldest and best cities in the UK and has an incredibly rich and diverse culture, population and history. Because of this – it has a huge amount to see and do, which makes it a great place to visit if you’re on the lookout for your next staycation! I think it would be a fab place to come with your best couple friends (think shopping and pampering whilst they watch a game at Elland Road!) but I’ll also point out a few fab places to go for those visiting with children too.

46 hours in Leeds

Friday Lunchtime in Leeds:

Check into the Bells luxury serviced apartments. https://thebellsleeds.com/apartments

These incredible serviced apartments are Leeds Luxury with a capital L. All named after famous bells, the jewel in the crown is Big Ben – a two-bedroom penthouse with a rooftop terrace, panoramic views of the city and a hot tub.

Going in with another couple helps make this kind of amazing apartment much more affordable! This accommodation is adult-only – perfect for a break away from the tiny people, but if you’re travelling as a family there are a huge array of serviced apartments in the city centre to accommodate you and even the babysitting grandparents.


Friday Afternoon in Leeds:

If you’re unfamiliar with Leeds, or even Yorkshire, what better way to spend an afternoon than on a Leeds Food Tour?


With six stops, food in each and drinks at three venues, tour guide Nell will take you to sample some of the best food Leeds has to offer, as well as furnishing you with interesting facts about the city and its history. Tours start at 12 and last around 4 hours and by the end you’ll also have got your Leeds bearings, ready for the rest of the weekend’s exploration.

For families – why not get a water taxi over to the Royal Armouries where you can see an amazing collection of armour, weapons and battle scenes all for free. This half term they ran a special Superheroes exhibition – what child can resist?


The Water Taxis run every 15 minutes from Granary Wharf (near the south side train station entrance) to Leeds Dock. Rides are £1 per person, per journey, but children 5 and under ride free!


Friday Evening in Leeds:

After your food-filled afternoon, you’re going to need to burn off some calories and energy. Why not head to Junkyard Golf (think indoor crazy golf, meets Tron) or Roxy Ballroom with all the booze and ball games you can think of.



There’re even arcade games and a private karaoke booth (‘Valerie’ for me please guys). Let’s face it, you’re going to want to eat again but why not grab some casual street food and beers at Assembly Rooms?


The burgers and fries at Slap and Pickle are the best in Leeds I’ve ever had. Trust me on this one, if there’s one place to try this weekend, make it here.



Saturday Morning in Leeds:

Saturday’s going to be a much more chilled out and upmarket vibe. After a few too many drinks last night, treat yourself to a lie in in your luxury apartment!


For families, I’d suggested heading a little bit out of central Leeds, to Crag House Farm in Cookridge.


This charity-run farm shop, café and granary restaurant does a really excellent breakfast and there’s a new play area and sensory garden for the kids to burn off some steam after. Why not visit the animals at None Go Bye farm next door afterwards?


Saturday Brunch in Leeds:

You’ll be pleased to know that one of the best things about Le Chalet in central Leeds is that their breakfast menu is served all day! https://www.le-chalet.co.uk/

The menu is seriously scrummy with so much choice – eggs, waffles, vegan, bottomless and a huge array of extras to help you customise your perfect brekkie.


Saturday Afternoon in Leeds:

This is where the couples trip comes into its own. First of all, you and your best girl are free to spend the day in some of the best shops the UK has to offer. Leeds has several arcades with the newly opened Victoria Quarter playing host to designer stores and boutiques. Or why not try the huge new Primark in Trinity Leeds?


And did you know that there is a beautiful city centre spa at the Leeds Lush store? With various treatments to suit every budget, this unique spa is one of only eight in the UK and is extremely well reviewed for those looking to escape the city centre without leaving it.


Meanwhile, the lads can head off to Elland Road, one of the largest stadiums in the UK, to watch Leeds United play at home.


Not football fans? Then why not explore the city’s exceptional drinking establishments! From the absolute best in specialist beers Brownhill & Co

http://www.brownhillandco.uk/ who serve some of the freshest and hardest to find beers from the UK and worldwide, to one of the many local breweries’ tap rooms. You can even book onto a brewery tour at Northern Monk Refectory https://northernmonk.com/brewery/ , Kirkstall Brewery https://www.kirkstallbrewery.com/ or North Brew Co Tap https://www.northbrewing.com/

(who also serve delicious bao buns served by Little Bao Boy).


For an action-packed day as a family, my vote is for Harewood House. https://harewood.org/

This country estate is so much more than a fusty old house! There’s a huge adventure playground, boat trip, bird hide, farm animals and you can even feed the penguins! You can easily spend the entire day here and they often have various seasonal and half term events on to keep everyone entertained.

Saturday Evening in Leeds:

Until recently Leeds was in need of a real show-stopper restaurant. One where you could guarantee to come away feeling like you’d had a special meal, got your money’s worth and – almost as importantly – got some insta-worth pics to boot. For me, nothing beats Tattu. https://tattu.co.uk/leeds/

The modern Chinese dishes, ambiance, service and buzz is just fabulous. I’d recommend getting lots of small plates to share, which again makes it a great place to go with another couple as you get to try more! It’s not cheap but it IS worth it. It serves food until late, which means you can have a full of activities without rushing back to 7pm dinner reservations.


For drinks after, Leeds has a number of ‘speakeasy’ style hidden bars you have to be in-the-know to know. Domino Club is found through a barber’s shop and has fab cocktails, live music and a great atmosphere. https://www.thedomino.co.uk/


For a night out with the kids, I’d suggest heading to one of Leeds’s many theatre venues. Coming up in the next few months is ‘Peppa Pig Live’ at the Town Hall, ‘Disney on Ice’ at the First Direct Area and ‘In The Night Garden’ at the Leeds Playhouse.



Trinity Kitchen, at the top of the shopping centre, is a great place to go for even the pickiest of eaters, as their permanent restaurants are boosted by frequently changing guest street-food traders.



Sunday Morning in Leeds:

If you time it right, you’ll be lucky enough to experience Briggate Farmers Market which runs every first and third Sunday down the main shopping street in Leeds. With a huge selection of artisan bakeries, butchers and pastries, why not pick up some breakfast bits here to have back at the apartment?


If you’re feeling lazy, Moose Coffee has one of the biggest breakfast menus I’ve ever seen, so you’re bound to find something to take your fancy.



Now if you’re anything like me, after a few nights in the city you’ll be craving a bit of fresh air and greenery. Lucky for you Leeds has the beautiful Roundhay Park – complete with lakes, two playgrounds and a mini train that takes you from one side of the park to the other.


Great for hungover adults and families alike – you’ll soon perk up after a few nights on the booze with a brisk walk around the grounds. If the park isn’t enough – families could even head to next door Tropical World where you can find all sorts of animals, insects, birds and wildlife.



All good weekends must end with a good Sunday dinner. Within close proximity to Roundhay Park you’ve got The Mustard Pot in Chapel Allerton https://themustardpot.com/

and the newcomer on the block – The Beck and Call in Meanwood. https://thebeckandcall.co.uk/

The latter has a great little play area round the back which makes it a perfect choice for families.


And not forgetting:

The hottest places to grab a sweet treat in Leeds right now! If you can fit one of these places into your trip you will definitely leave on a (sugar) high!




5 of my favourite places to stay in Leeds:


1: Dakota (Best for luxury) – https://www.dakotahotels.co.uk/leeds/

2: The Bells (Best apartments) – https://thebellsleeds.com/

3: Woodlands Hotel (Best for outside the city) – https://woodlandsleeds.com/

4: 42 The Calls  (Best boutique in city centre) – https://www.42thecallshotel.com/

5: Quebecs (Best location) – http://quebecshotel.co.uk/home/

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