Recent research we conducted found that guests who travel for business only get 36 minutes’ free time to explore a city they are visiting for work, despite over 90% saying they wished they knew more about the cities they visit!
Our hotel teams are experts when it comes to their cities and love to give our guests insider tips on their city’s hidden gems and the best things to see and do. So in response to this research, we asked our Leeds team to create a short video on how to see the best of their city in just 36 minutes on foot or just a short car ride from the hotel!
Their top tips are:
The Gift: Visit Briggate shopping street for a great selection of shops (2 min taxi, 8 min walk)
The Cafe: Situated in the Victoria Quarter, only a stone’s throw from Briggate, Opposite Café is a small kiosk uniquely placed in one of the city’s upmarket shopping centres (4 min taxi, 11 min walk)
The View: Offering stunning views of Leeds city centre, The Alchemist is the perfect bar to enjoy a beverage, whether a morning coffee or an evening cocktail. (3 min taxi, 11 min walk)
The Stroll: Enjoy a wander along the waterfront, passing Clarence Dock and down to Leeds Bridge. Offering a selection of galleries, restaurants, cafes and shops along the way, this route provides plenty of relaxing places to suit every mood after a long day. (6 min taxi, 18 min walk)
The Museum: With six galleries for you to visit, The Leeds City Museum offers an exciting and interesting day out for all. With impressive collections and engaging galleries, this museum presents interactive and informative displays for you to learn and discover. (7 min taxi, 10 min walk)
The Curry: Providing authentic, award winning Kashmiri cuisine with a modern twist, Aagrah isa “hands-on” family business offering the strength and experience of two generations. (6 min taxi, 10 min walk)
Best Bar: Hidden away in the city centre is The Angel Inn (Angel Inn Yard). Just off the main shopping street, it has a lively mix of locals, students and tourists utilising the seating inside and outside.
Best Restaurant: Just a stone’s throw away from Jurys Inn Leeds is Viva (9 Bridge End), the best Italian restaurant in the city. You’ll often find Italian visitors to Leeds making this their home away from home.Best Kept Secret: Clarence Dock offers fantastic views of the River Aire away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. There are also several shops and restaurants on the dock, making this a must see on any visit to Leeds.
Leeds is full of students who occasionally receive a visit from the family. Jurys Inn is a great choice for those who want easy access to the city centre with a hotel near the train station. The hotel is a 5 minute taxi ride from the train station, we recommend using the back entrance to get a cab.
If you are in Leeds to watch the football, Leeds United plays at the Elland Road stadium, which is only a 5 minute drive from our hotel. Jurys Inn is situated perfectly between all that Leeds city centre has to offer and the Elland Road football stadium, making it a popular choice for football fans from out of town.
The Grand Theatre & Opera House
Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera house has loads of great shows on throughout 2014, from Cleopatra by the Northern Ballet to Derren Brown’s new live show. It is also only a 14 minute walk from the hotel or a five minute taxi journey.
Sam’s Chop House
There are so many great places to eat in Leeds, but one of our favourites is undoubtedly Sam’s Chop House on South Parade. It’s an independently run restaurant – not just another generic chain – specialising in fresh local produce, in the heart of Leeds city centre.
Shopping in Leeds
With plenty to explore, shopping in Leeds is the perfect activity for retail lovers! Starting with the Grade II listed Victoria Quarter, you can discover big designer brands from Vivien Westwood to Louis Vuitton. If you’re more of a vintage, independent craft store sort of person, the Corn Exchange is the perfect place to peruse.
The famous Leeds Kirkgate Market is definitely worth a visit for the history of an older market which offers everything from fresh produce to materials and clothes. For your standard high street shopping, check out Trinity Leeds which is described as a ‘retail beacon’ and is sure to meet all your retail needs.
From Meerkats to crocodiles, Leeds Tropical World is an exciting day out for all to explore. Housing largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens, this garden attraction will not disappoint with its ‘tumbling waterfalls’, tropical fish and exotic plants. Travel together around the world from the Amazon to the desert of South Africa for a day to remember.
Admission cost £3.40 for adults and £2.30 for children aged 5 - 15.
City Art Gallery
This gem of Leeds is the region's premier visual arts venue with a plethora of exciting collections to discover from paintings and watercolours to sculpture and 20th century art! Enjoy an inspiring and entertaining day out with some of the most outstanding works of British Art outside of London. Leeds City Art Gallery also offers fantastic places to eat and drink with the Tiled Hall Café or the ‘Brew Bar’.
The City Art Gallery offers free admission, is open 10am -5pm every day except Sunday when the gallery opens at 1pm. Leeds Art gallery can be found in the heart of Leeds next door to the town hall, up the road from Trinity Leeds and just a 15 minute walk from Jurys Inn.
Discover something a little different and visit a Britain’s national museum of arms and armour. This Leeds treasure offers five galleries filled with over 8,000 artefacts, from war, tournament and self-defence to oriental and hunting! Immerse yourself in the Royal Armouries’ 3,000 years of history with breath-taking displays, dramatic interpretations, live action events, entertaining films, interactive technology and thrilling exhibitions for an experience you’ll never forget.
Admission is free with the museum opening 10am to 5pm every day. Situated along the River Aire, the royal Armouries offers a fantastic location for a stroll.
West Yorkshire Playhouse
This community central playhouse has a well-earned national and even international reputation, producing excellent theatre and shows. The West Yorkshire Playhouse has plenty to offer the city traveller from productions of literary legends and classic British and European drama, to new writings.
Established in 1985, Leventhorpe Vineyard is Britain's most northerly vineyard known for producing wines with unique character. The 5-acre wine estate produces dry white and red wines, which visitors can sample before purchase, saving you from buying a bottle that isn’t to your taste!
Leventhorpe Vineyardis open Monday to Saturday 11am - 4.30pm and Sunday 12 - 4pm, and is situated a little outside of Leeds with either a 15 minute drive or 30 minute train journey.
This award-winning museum offers some serious family fun. Interactive, engaging, entertaining and inspiring, the Thackray Museum is the bee’s knees of museums! Discover the history of medicine- its developments over the years as well as the gruesome details of the 19th Century. The museum also has plenty to explore as you immerse yourself in the inner workings of the human body…
This fantastic day out costs £7 for an adult and £5 for children, and the museum is open every day 10am until 5pm.
Temple Newsam House
The Hampton Court of the north - this truly magnificent house has an interesting and unique history. This huge Tudor-Jacobean stately home offers 30 rooms displaying paintings, renowned Chippendale furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles and much more. Temple Newsam House also has 1500 acres of stunning parkland, including a beautiful walled garden, and a farm which features over 400 animals from pigs to poultry.
The house and farm admission costs £6.20 for adults and £3.80 for children, or alternatively, between £2.10 and £3.80 for the individual activities.
Enjoy a wander around Kirkstall Abbey, once home to the Cistercian Monks, and one of the best-preserved monastic sites in the country. The abbey has beautiful parklands to discover as well as the stunning historic architecture of the remaining structure. The visitor centre holds Kirkstall Abbey’s rich story starting from its construction in the 12th Century, making a trip to this site a truly fantastic day out.
The Abbey is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am until 4/4.30 depending on the time of year. Admission is free but is located a little outside (15 minute drive) the city centre.