Here are the top four experiences that you won’t find anywhere but Leeds, from the sights and sounds to the history, stories to tastes to discover on your visit, all packed with action and originality.
If you find a few that take your fancy, why not upgrade your trip? The new ‘Be Our Guest’ scheme offers a choice of 11 amazing hotels which are all offering an extra complementary night when you book two – meaning you’ll get to enjoy an additional 24 hours to pack in a few more unforgettable experiences during your stay.
1. Eat Michelin-Recommended food in a Victorian-covered market
You might expect Europe’s largest covered market – Kirkgate Market – to be the place to go for your weekly shop. And you’d be right, because the traditional greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers are out of this world. But you can also sit down for a Michelin-recommended gourmet meal at The Owl, for truly exceptional cooking.
2. Hear an aria from an award-winning opera company
Leeds is proud to host its very own national opera company, Opera North, one of the only outside of London.
Their work is renowned for being bold, innovative and rooted in the north, covering everything from the traditional operatic canon to works by contemporary composers and writers.
Leeds offers a huge range of experiences from award-winning performances to engaging walking tours and street art
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3. Spot a few feathery friends on a trail around Leeds
There are loads of ways to get out and about around Leeds, with walking tours and trails to suit all shapes and sizes.
One of the most unique is the Leeds Owl Trail, which winds its way through the city whilst spotting 25 feathery friends roosting up in the rafters of Leeds’ diverse and historic architecture; an excellent way to spend an afternoon.
4. Take to the pavements for record-breaking street art
If the idea of a traditional art gallery doesn’t quite do it for you, then Leeds’ street art scene has exactly what you need.
A good place to start is Athena Rising, the UK’s tallest street art piece, thich towers over New Station Street reaching a height that tops the Statue of Liberty. Then there’s artist Anthony Burrill’s new piece, You & Me, Me & You, on the banks of the River Aire.
Find them all, and more, on the Leeds Street Art Trail.
Find out more about the ‘Be Our Guest’ scheme by heading to visitleeds.co.uk/be-our-guest.