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48 hours in Leeds

48 Hours in Leeds - United Kingdom

One of UK’s favourite cities and the second financial centre after London, Leeds is a vibrant city to explore in the spring sunshine. In Leeds’s awe-inspiring outdoor parks and gardens, breathing in the fresh air will revitalise your body. Surrounded by flower blossom, singing birds and stylish architecture, a change of scenery that will bring you as close to nature as possible in this lively city. Once disconnected, go around the city to discover the historical Victorian influences anchored in many places.

This travel guide will enable you to dive into the heart of the city effortlessly and enjoy the numerous hidden treasures in 48 hours…

Green spots: When harmony inspires nature…

Spend an entire morning connected to the environment to blow off steam. The positive feeling you’ll get from it will enhance your well-being.

Roundhay Park: One of the biggest city parks in Europe with award-winning gardens, contemplate the astonishing scenery as well as the Tropical World to appreciate the wildlife experience.

Temple Newsam: Admire the park and gardens full of colours and awaken your senses… Make your way to the Home Farm displaying over 400 animals and the botany collection.


Cultural connection: When art joins history…

What about learning more about the essence of the city? Leeds is strongly related to Royal history, specifically with her majesty Queen Victoria whose direct descendent still lives in Harewood House

Harewood House: Get ready for the Animals Tour, the Daily Penguin Feeding, the Victorian costume exhibition and much more. One of the most treasured houses of England, experience history through art collections and the garden’s beauty set in Capability Browns impressive landscape.

The Tetley: In a more modern day approach, the focus here is on contemporary art, this centre showcases the creations of original artists and organises exhibitions, workshops for all ages (Family Art) and events…


Shopping time: When exploration is in shops…

This city represents a paradise for discovery, especially because many boutiques, designer stores or arcades are carefully built in elegant Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

Trinity Leeds: The shopping centre includes over 120 shops, bars and restaurants. Tax-free purchase, high street brands, flagship stores…- everything at your disposal.

Victoria Leeds: For luxury items, Victoria Quarter and Victoria Gate are the places to be. Both built in a stylish way to highlight the Queen’s heritage, top high-end and designer brand stores will exceed your expectations.


Food and drinks: When curiosity leads to greed…

From Fine dining to small eateries, Leeds has a large choice of restaurants and bars. Celebrate with locals at the Leeds Indie Food Fest from 11th to 28th May- the perfect opportunity to taste as many flavours as you can. If you’re not able to visit at this moment, here are our suggestions;

The Man Behind The Curtain: As a Michelin star restaurant Chef, Michael O’Hare expresses his culinary art through his innovative dishes. An 11-course menu is carefully designed to immerse yourself into his universe.

The Grill On The Square: For meat lovers, this is the restaurant to go. You’ll be impressed by the tenderness of their premium quality steak or their mouth-watering desserts. Any plans for later that evening? Stay where you are to enjoy live acoustic music, and relax with their refreshing cocktails and beers at the bar.

Now, it’s time to prepare yourself for the next adventure in this wonderful city. Discover our IHG hotels in Leeds and book your room today.

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