Whether you’re in Leeds for a big event or just for a spot of stylish shopping, you should make time to visit one of the city’s attractions on offer while you’re here. From stately homes to one of Europe’s biggest city parks, there’s just so many great things to do. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites below and, rest assured, there’s a Premier Inn round the corner from each one, ready and waiting to get your day of Leeds sightseeing off to the best possible start.
Eight miles north of Leeds city centre is Harewood House, a stunning 18th century stately home that’s great for a family day out.
Tear yourself away from the magnificent state rooms and head downstairs to the kitchens for a glimpse of what life would have been like for servants in the Victorian era.
If history’s not your thing, there’s an exotic bird garden with flamingos, parrots and penguins, and over 100 acres of gardens to get lost in.
Head three miles north of the city centre and you’ll find Roundhay Park. You can’t miss it - it’s one of the largest city parks in Europe and a very popular Leeds tourist attraction. There are several cafes, plus two playgrounds to keep the kids entertained.
On a summer’s day, all 700 acres of rolling parkland are perfect for picnics, but do you lay the blanket down by the lakes, in the woodlands or with a view of the formal gardens? Hmm, decisions...
Situated in Roundhay Park, Tropical World houses the largest collection of tropical plants in the UK outside Kew Gardens. With each of the different glasshouses representing climates and ecosystems from around the world, you can explore jungle, desert; water and night-time zones. And while the plants are beautiful, kids and adults alike will be enthralled by the animals, with many reptiles even running free around your feet. Plus there are crocodiles, a butterfly house and a very popular meerkat enclosure.
Travel back in time at this charming Edwardian country estate where life for the ruling classes in pre-war Britain has been vividly brought back to life. There’s plenty to do in the stunning grounds too, with a bird garden full of owls and flamingos, two play areas (including one for older kids) and a herd of deer to spot while you’re having a picnic.
Some 33 miles north of Leeds just outside Wakefield, Nostell Priory is a National Trust mansion set in a 300-acre park. Beautiful inside and out, it contains the largest fully documented collection of Chippendale furniture in the world, with many rare pieces. Outside there are secret gardens and a wildflower meadow to discover, and glorious lakeside walks.
This free-to-visit ruin three miles north west of Leeds city centre is one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Beautiful to look at, there’s also a Visitor Centre where you can learn about the monks who made this their home.Great for children, they even have a gnome trail, where kids have to find the little figures hidden among the ruins.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Golden Acre Park, a little haven of loveliness six miles north of the city centre.
This 55-hectare out-of-town park has great tea rooms, ornamental gardens and a wildfowl lake that’s just made for feeding the ducks, so don’t forget to save them a crust!
Famous as the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots, this Tudor Jacobean stately home four miles east of the city centre is one of the most impressive of its kind. There’s a working rare breed farm and grounds designed by Capability Brown. But if that’s not enough, you can enjoy a round of golf at the Temple Newsam golf course, or just go for an amble in the woods.
From Leeds’ city centre to its leafy suburbs and beautiful surrounding countryside, you'll find lots of great hotels in Leeds. If you need to be central, try the First Direct Arena Hotel and Trinity Leeds Hotel, or Leeds City West for Elland Road. For those jetting in, check out Leeds/Bradford Airport hotel.