Head outside of Leeds and you’ll find beautiful countryside packed with birds and wildlife, traditional seaside towns with stunning views and museums covering all kinds of history. Take a look at our guide to discover the best sights and attractions near the city.
Just one hour away from Leeds, head to the small city of York and you’ll find everything from medieval history to modern shopping favourites. Not to mention some great old fashioned pubs serving traditional Yorkshire fare.
The largest gothic cathedral in Europe, York Minster is well worth a visit during your stay. Climb the tower, take a guided tour or simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful stained glass windows, you’ll find lots to see at York Minster.
The UK's number one walk-through animal park, Yorkshire Wildlife Park is located south of Leeds, just outside Doncaster.
From bugs to baboons and everything in between, discover over 300 different animals and explore a world of wildlife at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Just one hour’s drive north of Leeds and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Have a leisurely stroll and take in the stunning views or, if you’re feeling energetic, take the Three Peaks Challenge and climb the biggest hills in the Dales.
Located on the East coast, just south of Scarborough, Bempton Cliffs is a nature reserve and haven for birdlife. Home to the only breeding colony of gannets on the mainland, twitchers should keep their eyes peeled for a glimpse of northern gannets, Atlantic puffins and razorbills, amongst others.
Located within the grounds of an original World War II prisoner of war camp, Eden Camp takes you on a tour of wartime Britain. Step back in time to experience the Blitz, sing along to music hall favourites and dig for victory at this modern history museum.
With its half cone shape and jagged cliff, Roseberry Topping is one of the highest and most iconic hills on the North York Moors. Explore the surrounding woodlands or climb to the top to enjoy spectacular views of the Moors and nearby Cleveland.
Nestled in a tranquil valley on the North York Moors you’ll find the impressive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. Wander the remains of buildings to discover the story of the rise and fall of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries.
Filey is a small seaside town with a great sandy beach, historic promenade and fantastic fish and chips. Sit back and soak up the sun on the award-winning beach or set out on a nature trail and spot some local wildlife. You’ll find the perfect traditional family beach day out at Filey.
One of the largest parish churches in the UK, work began on Beverley Minster in 1220 and took 200 years to complete. Widely thought to be a gothic masterpiece, both inside and out, be sure to check out the marble columns, ornate carvings and medieval stained glass windows.
Discover the story of the heroic people awarded the Victoria Cross at Ashworth Barracks. From something as small as a cap badge to big military vehicles, the museum’s collection helps you understand the conditions and situations the Valorous Few have endured.
A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and surprises awaits you in The Forbidden Corner. Set within a four-acre garden, this visitor attraction takes you on a journey through underworld paths and passages, avoiding tricks and enjoying the adventure.
Opening in 1912, this oriental themed park has been a favourite day out for visitors to Scarborough. Take a trip on the boating lake, play golf on the putting green or take a stroll through the champion tree walk, Peasholm Park is the perfect place to take a break.
Get lost in the largest maize maze in Europe, explore 15 acres of fun or see a scarecrow show, there’s an adventure at the centre of York Maze. Open during the summer (July-September), be sure to check out the special events you’ll find on your amazing day out.
Get onboard with over 200 years of transport history at the Streetlife Museum of Transport in Kingston upon Hull. Wander down a 1940’s high street, hop on a tram and go on a journey through vehicles from days gone by.
Whether you prefer seasonal flower displays or skate parks, you won’t be disappointed at Valley Gardens. Across 17 acres you’ll find beautiful historic buildings surrounded by shrubs and flower beds, as well as a boating pond, paddling pool and playground to keep the kids busy.
Best known for the BBC TV show All Creatures Great and Small, explore the life of vet and author James Herriot in this museum. Step back in time in the restored 1940’s home with its original Austin car and discover the vital role of the vet in The World of James Herriot.
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.