Leeds is a city that can be enjoyed at all times of the year. Its rich history and cultural heritage make it a fascinating destination to explore. Among the most worthwhile places to visit are Leeds’ outdoor attractions. These are suitable for visitors both young and old, and provide a great few days’ entertainment. Fresh air in the northern city can be enjoyed on foot, by bike or even from the deck of a boat.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is an impressive 127 miles long, and passes through 91 locks. Some parts of it have been operational since 1773 when the canal was used for transporting local industry goods such as wool and limestone.
Nowadays, the well-maintained paths running alongside the canal are perfect for weekend strolls and cycling. Many visitors choose to have picnics on the grassy patches and watch the world go by, waving to boats going by.
If you’re into boating, hire a barge or a canal boat. Some rental companies offer on board meals and boats that can be hired as party venues.
Roundhay Park is a favourite among locals and has been voted one of Leeds’ top attractions by TripAdvisor users. It boasts a vast territory with two lakes, and forest areas to roam around in. Attractions on the spot also include a golf course, castle ruins, tennis courts and a gorge.
For those moments when you feel like taking a break from all the aimless wandering and running around in the fresh air, there is a conveniently located cafe with lovely views across the park.
York Gate Garden is a hidden treasure in the outskirts of Leeds. Originally created by the inventive Spencer family, the garden is now looked after by the charity, Perennial.
The Spencers bought the house and adjoining peace of land in the 1950s and had transformed the yard into one of the most beautiful small gardens in the world by the 1980s. It features creatively clipped evergreens, unusual plants and vistas.
Park Square originates in the Georgian era. It’s a popular lunch spot for the many people working in the surrounding Georgian residential-turned-office buildings. The inviting lawns and benches are made for picnics or relaxing moments while watching the world go by.
To make the most of a visit to the lovely northern city, stay overnight at a city hotel Leeds. You’re in for a great night’s sleep after so much time out in the fresh air.