Set on the bank of the River Aire to the northwest of Leeds city center, Kirkstall Abbey is a 500-year-old monastery, now in ruins. Despite being disestablished under Henry VIII around 400 years after it was built, the Abbey is a great historical, medieval site. Guests can enjoy the surrounding park, peruse the market and tour the grounds of the Abbey to gain insight into the religious turmoil England has previously experienced.
Watch out for: a Medieval religious structure open for tours or leisure time in the surrounding park
Address and telephone number: Abbey Rd., Leeds, West Yorkshire LS5 3EH, United Kingdom, +44 113 378 4079
Temple Newsam is one of the most visited estates in Leeds. Over 1500 acres wide, and with a history of over 500 years set within its walls, this estate is modeled on a mixture of the Tudor and Jacobean styles of architecture. It is popular amongst tourists for both its pretty surrounding woodland, and the expansive collections of art available for viewing on-site.
Watch out for: a popular English estate which can be experienced as a museum, or can be enjoyed via its surrounding woodlands
Address and telephone number: Templenewsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS15 0AE, United Kingdom, +44 113 336 7461
If you’re in the mood to be entertained on your holiday, consider buying a ticket to one of the many performances held at the Grand Theater and Opera House in Leeds. Patrons can watch everything from ballet, to opera, to plays at this establishment, and this is a venue which proves to be a highlight of many a trip to the city. Opened in the late 19th century, and with a capacity for around 1500 guests, every space in the elaborately designed interior here is warm and welcoming, and provides a great setting in which to watch and listen to a fabulous variety of shows.
Watch out for: a beautiful venue to watch a variety of performing arts shows
Address and telephone number: 46 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6NZ, United Kingdom, +44 844 848 2700
Ideal for all artistic souls, the Leeds Art Gallery is a collection of national importance. Founded in 1888, the gallery was established in honor of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee the year prior to its opening. The exhibits here feature British 20th century art as well as some 19th century works. The Leeds Art Library is also an interesting component in one part of the gallery, and provides extensive, unbeatable material on art history and culture.
Watch out for: an opportunity to view an array of 20th century British art
Address and telephone number: The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3AA, United Kingdom, +44 113 247 8256
This canal links Leeds to the city of Liverpool. Its full length runs around 127 miles, and it is an idyllic stretch of waterway which was completed during the early 19th century. Presently it serves as an ideal place to ride boats for fun, or to amble along during leisurely afternoons. It is a quiet spot to in which to stroll or to chat with friends.
Address: Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Leeds