Stop and shop in the vibrant city of Leeds

Corn Exchange
My sister has recently relocated to Leeds for work. I am visiting her at the end of the month but she has to work during part of my stay. I’d like to get out and explore the city even if I have to do a day or two on my own. Can you recommend any interesting things for me to see and do?

My sister has recently relocated to Leeds for work. I am visiting her at the end of the month but she has to work during part of my stay. I’d like to get out and explore the city even if I have to do a day or two on my own. Can you recommend any interesting things for me to see and do?

Luckily for you, your sister will never be too far away, with regular flights to Leeds-Bradford Airport and a flight time of less than an hour from Dublin, it is a very manageable flight. Leeds has so much to offer that I’m sure this visit won’t be a one off!

If you are a fan of retail therapy then you certainly won’t be let down. Leeds has over 1,000 shops which you can explore while your sister is at work. Many of these are housed in stunning Edwardian and Victorian buildings giving them a unique atmosphere and distinctive look. From vintage boutiques in The Corn Exchange to the biggest designer brands in The Victoria Quarter, there are plenty of opportunities to shop till you drop.

If it’s culture you’re after, Leeds has a plethora of galleries, museums and theatres. The Kirkstall Abbey is a must for fans of architecture. You’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time with a walk through the medieval Cistercian monastery followed by a visit to the nearby Abbey House Museum. If a rainy day is forecast, the state-of-the-art Leeds City Museum is just off Millennium Square. With interactive displays reaching far into Leeds’s historic past, you’ll find the hours flying by.

After all that exploring, you’re bound to feel a little peckish and you’re never far from a great restaurant or coffee shop. Right next to the Leeds Art Gallery is the Tiled Hall Cafe. Originally a reading room in the beautiful Leeds Library, the cafe has been redecorated with stunning tiled walls, an ideal place to while away an afternoon while you enjoy the quality cafe menu. For an after-work drink with your sister, be sure to check out Whitelocks; the oldest pub in the city dating back to 1715.

Regardless of what you decide to do, you’re sure to be impressed with the compact and vibrant city of Leeds.

Where to Stay

Doubletree by The Hilton Hotel (****)

Prices start from €72 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Located next to Leeds Train Station on the canal, this hotel offers complimentary WiFi, an iMac computer in every room and a 13th floor Sky Lounge for relaxing and taking in the sights of the city.

The Queens Hotel (****)

Prices start from €70 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

The glamorous Queens Hotel sits overlooking the City Square. With Art Deco inspired interiors and amenities such as free internet, it is an ideal hotel for a stylish city centre visit.

Novotel Leeds Centre (****)

Prices start from €58 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

This hotel is perfect for a relaxing city break, featuring a sauna, steam room, restaurant and bar on site. Memory foam mattresses in each room will ensure you rest at ease in between sightseeing.

Bewleys Hotel (***)

Prices start from €64 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Bewleys Hotel boasts soundproofed rooms and “dive into bed” duvets in each room, so you awaken feeling refreshed and energised for each new day. Complimentary WiFi and city centre access are also perks.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.Hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!