Sightseeing in Yorkshire
From great restaurants, fabulous shopping and a buzzing nightlife, to beautiful countryside and impressive architecture (old and new), everything you are looking for can be found in the cities and towns surrounding Leeds Bradford International Airport. Here's the lowdown on the best places to visit:
Visit Leeds for the ultimate shopping expedition with shops including the famous Harvey Nichols department store. The Victoria Quarter, home to a mix of high street and designer shops, is worth a visit if only to admire the beautiful Victorian architecture and stained glass windows. The city's newest shopping area is The Light, which also has some restaurants downstairs and a cinema on the top floor.
Soak up the cafe bar and pub society in the trendy Corn Exchange area or dance the night away in one of the many nightclubs and late night bars in this vibrant city centre. Leeds is the epicentre of all things to see and do in Yorkshire!
The Royal Amouries is a fantastic day out, here you can view one of the world's best collections of Armoury and learn through recreations of battle scenes regularly performed.
Harewood House, home to the Queen's cousin the Earl of Harewood, is also a great place to visit and is ideal if you have children with you. It's a grand building set in magnificent grounds with an adventure playground for the kids and a Lakeside Terrace outside the café, where you can stop for a snack and enjoy the stunning views. Check out the bird garden where you can even book to feed the penguins.
Whilst in Bradford we recommend you go to the National Media Museum, (formerly the Museum of Film and Photography) which is home to the IMAX 3D Cinema screen. If you fancy a bit of culture watch a play at the Alhambra showing the best in dance, drama and musical theatre. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, Wakefield is easy to get to by car from Bradford and features contemporary art set in 500 acres of beautifully kept parkland.
Bradford is also within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales countryside and Bronte Country, home of the famous Bronte sisters. It has also been awarded the "Curry Capital" award and is the best place in Yorkshire to go out for an Indian meal. Three of the best are Akbars, Anams and the Aagrah in Shipley.
In less than 20 minutes on a train from Leeds you can enter a whole other world. Saltaire was built by Sir Titus Salt for the workers in his mill so that he could keep an eye on them, and the quaint terraces and cobbled streets have now been recognised as a World Heritage Site. The main attraction here is the impressive Salts Mill building which houses famous painter David Hockney's work. Make sure you stop for a bite to eat in the pricey but bustling Salts Diner with friendly staff and great food.
From cobbled streets to waterfront bar areas, beautiful York is the first place you should visit if you only have a short time in Yorkshire! York is steeped in history and full of things to see and do. These include the Jorvik Viking Museum which takes you back in time to days gone by, the breathtaking York Minster, a boat ride on the River Ouse, a trip back in time at the Railway Museum or a visit to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet. When all this has tired you out head for one of York's many pubs and sample a true Yorkshire Ale or head for the trendy riverside bar area! The York Wheel is nearly as high as York Minister and gives you amazing views of this beautiful city.
The Yorkshire Pass
The Yorkshire Pass is the perfect way to make the most of your stay in this wonderful region. The pass gives you entry to over 70 of Yorkshire’s finest attractions so you can visit more of the historic houses, stroll through more of the idyllic gardens, discover more museums and make plans for days out, all for a lot less money. Go to www.yorkshirepass.com
Fun Seekers in Yorkshire
Leeds is a fantastic night out whether you go for some drinks in the trendy spots around the Corn Exchange and nearby bars on Call Lane, or in the equally popular Millennium Square area which is great for people watching in the summer. In the winter the square is turned into a huge ice rink which you can go on day or night! Nightclubs include Discotheque by Gatecrasher and Mission for those hardcore clubbers and the Cockpit to see the best in live music. Oceana nightclub is set on 3 floors playing everything from 70's to cheesy music, check out the boudoir themed room complete with bed! Leeds also has a buzzing gay scene and Queens Court is a popular pre-club bar. The city also has a variety of restaurants and cafes catering for all tastes and most bars also serve food into the evening. On Tuesdays it's worth heading to BRB's on Call Lane for their delicious pizzas baked in a wood burning oven on offer, 2 for 1!
You can easily fill your days shopping in Yorkshire cities. Leeds has a bit of everything from designer fashion found in Harvey Nichols and the Victoria Quarter to the Corn Exchange with quirky shops offering something a bit different in a fantastic Victorian setting. York's cobbled streets are filled with a mix of high street shops or you can bag a bargain in the nearby McArthur Glen Designer Outlet!
Leeds and the surrounding areas have many varied sports and activities on offer. Climbing fanatics will be spoilt for choice with the 200 possible routes on offer at The Leeds Wall indoor climbing centre which offers climbs for all abilities. In Leeds, golfers will find they are never too far from a nearby course set in beautiful scenery.
Also in Yorkshire is the fantastic attraction Xscape which boasts Europe's highest indoor ice-climbing walls. If you are less of a daredevil then try your hand at snowboarding, ice skating and skiing. Xscape has plenty of other entertainment facilities as well as restaurants so you can easily spend the whole day there.
Family Fun in Yorkshire
Yorkshire offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy together, here are a pick of some of the best:
Leeds - Harewood House can be found on the outskirts of Leeds and has extensive grounds for the adults to explore whilst the children can play in the adventure playground. Next to Roundhay Park is Tropical World, one of the UK's most popular garden tourist attractions featuring exotic and tropical plants and animals as well as a gift shop and café. The kids can help out at Meanwood Urban Valley Farm where animals include sheep, cows, pigs and hens. Sports fans should head to the Carnegie Stadium in Headingley where you can catch local rugby teams Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie playing league and union games respectively.
Bradford - Go ice skating in the city centre rink or visit the National Media Museum full of fun interactive exhibitions and the IMAX 3D Cinema screen.
Wakefield - Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a great family attraction with a whole host of weird and wonderful sculptures set in 500 acres of parkland. Follow one of the Sculpture Trails in the open air collection which are regularly refreshed. Don't worry if the weather takes a turn for the worse as there are also indoor art galleries for all to explore.
York This city offers plenty to see and do and a variety of places suitable for the whole family to eat when you need a break. Jorvik Viking Museum is both educational and exciting for kids where you can ride a train through authentic viking villages with sounds... and smells! York Wheel allows spectacular views of the city and is a fun ride at the same time.
Further a field - For a thrilling family day out head to Ripon in North Yorkshire where you will find the Lightwater Valley theme park. With rides suitable for all ages and other attractions as well as many dining options, you are guaranteed a great day out here.
Romantic Breaks in Yorkshire
The Yorkshire Dales, only 20 minutes drive from the airport, is the most idyllic area in Yorkshire. If you are looking to get away from the city for a few days then the Dales should be your first choice.
Go for a long walk and take in the breathtaking scenery, then find a cosy pub to stop off for lunch or take a picnic with you - there's plenty of perfect spots to lay down a blanket.
Yorkshire is full of fantastic restaurants to enjoy romantic meals in. Leeds is a good place to start, with a wide choice of top restaurants to suit all pockets. Try Anthony's in the city centre and find out why it has been awarded the best restaurant award on numerous occasions.
Other restaurants worth a visit are the Restaurant Bar and Grill in the grand and newly refurbished post office building. Another place worth trying is Casa Mia, a romantic Italian restaurant on the edge of Millennium Square. Further a field the Boxtree is in the lovely upmarket town of Ilkey which is also home to the famous Betty's tearooms.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and visit Roundhay Park on the outskirts of Leeds, where you can enjoy a relaxed stroll in beautiful surroundings. Check for any events going on in the park such as the hugely popular summer screenings of classic blockbusters. The area around the airport has plenty of parks and woodland areas to visit so take your pick.
Also worth a visit is Kirkstall Abbey. Its 12th Century ruins are in a picturesque setting alongside the banks of the River Aire. The best time to go is in summer when Shakespearian plays are often performed in the evening.
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