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Top things to do in Leeds

September 17, 2021

Often referred to as the unofficial capital of Yorkshire, Leeds is a vibrant destination and makes for a great city break for friends, couples and families. Leeds is a bustling metropolis, with a huge array of attractions, shops, activities and museums. Have we tempted you? Park Plaza Leeds is located right in the city centre, close to the train station, giving access to the whole city and beyond.

Shop till you drop in The Arcades

Discover the ornate beauty of The Arcades, a collection of covered shopping arcades, housing independent shops, boutiques and small businesses. Comprised of the Victoria Quarter, Grand, Queens and Thorntons, they are a great place to stroll, shop, browse and take in the stunning shop fronts. A recent addition to the fantastic shopping culture is Victoria Leeds shopping mall, featuring high-end designer boutiques and big names including John Lewis and Harvey Nichols. 


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Leeds Grand Theatre

Soak up some culture in the city’s Grand Theatre. A truly stunning venue that showcases a wide variety of plays, musicals, concerts, operas and more. Many of the UK’s best shows come to the Leeds Grand Theatre, including big West End performances, so book in advance to avoid disappointment. Looking for something more alternative? Then Leeds Playhouse, is a great all-in-one destination, with an acclaimed cafe for pre and post-theatre dining. 

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Get NYC Central Park vibes at Roundhay Park 

Located just 3 miles from the city centre, Roundhay Park offers over 700 acres of beautiful parkland, with lakes, gardens, woodlands, playgrounds and its very own Tropical World visitor attraction. Offering free parking and plenty to do for everyone, Roundhay Park is beautiful all year round. 


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Leeds Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute

Leeds Art Gallery is home to a wide collection of modern and contemporary British art. With free entry, this gallery will intrigue and excite with something for everyone, including an ever-changing calendar of events and exhibitions throughout the year. Fancy more? Just a one-minute walk away is the Henry Moore Institute, well known not only for its exhibitions and galleries but also for its research library and study programmes.  


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Historic houses and estates for the history buffs

Close to the city centre, there are a number of stunning historical houses and estates to explore, including Harewood House, Lotherton, Kirkstall Abbey and Temple Newsam House and FarmAll famous in their own right, each has plenty to offer for all the family including gardens, parkland, a working farm, seasonal events and much more! 

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Make it a memorable night out

Leeds has an incredible nightlife scene, no matter what you’re looking for. Bars, clubs, theatres, entertainment venues, rooftop venues and more. We’ve even got our very own award-winning restaurant and bar, Chino Latino at Park Plaza Leeds, serving mouth-watering Pan-Asian fusion dishes, and an exciting cocktail menu.  Whatever your choice of nightlife, Leeds has it all! 


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Go where the locals go – South Bank Leeds 

Just a ten-minute walk away from Park Plaza Leeds, the newly regenerated South Bank offers a different taste of the city, with a great selection of new restaurants and bars, shops and residences. It’s the new place to go, so live like a local and head down there to explore. 


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