The city of Leeds is full of heritage and culture, providing history around every corner whilst bringing bursts of modernism and vibrancy to inspire all generations it accommodates for.
Leeds is brimming with colourful shop windows, delicious food and drink and tonnes of outdoor activities that keep the whole family occupied, it’s also the home to the only gas lit cinema in the whole of the country, impressive ay, who’s getting the popcorn in then?
Whether you are visiting Leeds for an overnight stay or pitching up your tent for the entire week, this city has a variety of diverse entertainment that is completely unmissable and suitable for each member of the party.
From breathtakingly beautiful ballet performances that are crisp to perfection, opera singers and orchestra’s that lift the roof and blow the audience away and comedians that still have you giggling days after their stand up – and that’s just the theatres! Don’t Leeds spoil us.
Grab your walking shoes and pack a picnic because we are heading out to explore Britain’s most complete medieval Cistercian building in Kirkstall Abbey, that radiates historic architect and a majestic story.
The abbey is surrounded by a beautiful river bank and plenty of greenery, habiting wildlife such as ducks, rabbits and squirrels.
Head on down to the market to shop your favourite home grown and baked treats from local produce, available weekends, from March-November 12pm-3pm.
An impressive outdoor cinema displays new release films and musicals under the stars, ending the day perfectly.
Temple Newsam is the chosen location for its new crowd-pleasing park activity, Go Ape! An adventure that is popular with all the tribe.
Dangle from the tree tops and swing through the forest, ranking your way through different levels as you go. If this is for you, the Go Ape! team highly recommend sensible clothing, footwear and a pair of gloves if possible.
For those who prefer their feet flat on the ground, then a wooded walk into the folly and along the bridle paths are a relaxing and therapeutic alternative to being outdoors.
Temple Newsam also offers rounds of golf, hired football pitches and playgrounds for little ones. Events such as races, theatre performances and festivals are often held in the gardens too.
Glenfield Caravan Park
For true nature lovers, Glenfield Caravan Park is on the outskirts of Leeds, and welcomes all forms of campers.
This countryside accommodation is secluded and private, providing peace from reality and a wonderful night sleep (we all know how thin a tent is). Newly renovated shower blocks have hot water on demand, with laundry facilities and disabled toilets.
Pets are welcome, and upon arrival a dog walking map will be provided to display the routes around the site.
A number of activities are available upon the caravan park, including fishing; horse riding and football, and for those who may need it… The Bingley Arms, a local pub with local ale and wonderful pub grub.
The ever loved ITV programme, Victoria, is currently being filmed locally – so don’t fret about cameras following a Queen (fancy dress of course), riding a horse to her royal castle.
Smile and enjoy, who knows, you may be part of the show!
Leeds has plenty of other campsites to chose from if this one doesn’t take your fancy.
Twee and Drie Water Rides
Okay, so this isn’t technically a “Best Place in Leeds” but it’s definitely the best way to travel in Leeds.
The water taxi’s! These two yellow boats are called Twee and Drie, and they both chug down the River Aire from Granary Wharf to Leeds Docks.
Along this route you’ll find the Royal Armouries Museum and plenty of independent book shops, cafes and restaurants.
This is the most romantic and affordable (absolutely free) way to travel through Leeds.
The Millennium Square is the highlight to every summer in Leeds, being titled ‘the heart of the city centre’.
The stage honours talented artists, entertainers, performers and festivals, to name a few – Bananarama on the 4th of August, the one for the mums and grans; Leeds Pride on the 5th of August, the one for everyone (a completely free event to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans life) and Suffragette on the 9th of August, a free showing of the award winning film that celebrates women receiving the right to vote for 100 years.
Bring your chairs, duvets, blow up mattresses, backpacks jammed with sweets and treats and whatever else is considered sleepover essentials, to thoroughly enjoy your evening with maximum comfort.
Lots to see and Do
As you can see there is quite a wide range of things to see and do in Leeds and we didn’t even cover shopping or the wonderful choice of bars and restaurants the city has to offer.
Leeds is defiantly a place which has a lot to offer.
If camping near by and fancy going a bit further a field check out our guide to York which is only a short train ride away.