Travel to Leeds
Whether you're keen on architecture, museums, shopping or nightlife, or simply enjoy hanging out in a cool city with plenty of buzz, it's easy to see why the former industrial city of Leeds is one of the most popular destinations in northern England.
Home to three universities, this friendly city knows how to cater to students and travellers on a budget – so a visit to Leeds doesn’t have to break the bank! With lots of workers commuting on a regular basis from Hull
and even Manchester
, it should be easy to track down a car share to Leeds, letting you save money and make some new friends on the way.
Things to do in Leeds
Leeds is a lovely city to wander around with lots of interesting architecture, from well-preserved Georgian and Victorian façades, to innovative contemporary designs (see if you can spot Bridgewater Place, affectionately known as "The Dalek"!). Keep an eye out for depictions of owls throughout the city – they're a symbol of Leeds, and are dotted everywhere.
History buffs will be captivated by the vast weaponry collections at the Royal Armouries
, and shiver pleasantly at the realistic exhibits at the Thackray Medical Museum
. Relax your nerves afterward with a stroll around the picturesque medieval ruins of Kirkstall Abbey
, then explore ancient cultures, natural wonders and the history of the city itself at the Leeds City Museum
. You can also admire the paintings and sculptures (and the beautiful tiled Victorian café) at the nearby Leeds Art Gallery
Sports, shopping and entertainment
Sports fans will know Leeds as the home of Leeds United FC – but you can also watch world-class rugby, cricket and horse racing in the city. This is also a fantastic destination for live entertainment, with a lively theatre scene, opera, ballet and international music acts – so plan which event you want to see, and find out if you can get a lift to Leeds with other fans to save a few quid!
Be sure to take advantage of the city's great shopping, too – from high-street favourites along Briggate, the main shopping street, to luxury brands and quirky specialties in the Victorian arcades of the elegant Victoria Quarter
. For convenience and selection, head to the massive Trinity Leeds shopping centre
, which also boasts restaurants, cocktail bars and a cinema right in the city centre. Remember, if you’ve managed to find a lift share to get you there and home again, you can easily justify treating yourself to a few new buys!