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Making the Most of Leeds: Discovering the City’s Top Haunts

Sometimes we take where we live for granted and forget all of the great attractions it has to offer. Although not a born and bred Yorkshireman, I’m proud to call this great county my home and the great days out it affords all who visits.

Leeds is the undisputed magnet for so many and while it is just one of the many great cities Yorkshire has to offer, it is a city which delivers on so many levels.

According to Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2017 list – which celebrates destinations offering something new, exciting or undiscovered – this great Yorkshire city actually ranks as the fifth best place to visit.

Home to a wealth of intriguing cultural haunts, bustling nightlife, world class entertainment venues and a growing reputation for quality food and craft beer, there’s more to Leeds than might first meet the eye.

Here are five reasons why I love Leeds…

Victoria Quarter

Shopping complexes are a dime a dozen, but the Victoria Quarter in Leeds is quite unlike any other. The stunning Grade II listed upmarket building sits across two distinct shopping streets in the heart of the city and is home to some of the most high-end retail outfits, with Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors among the brands.

The Grand Theatre

Everyone loves a lazy night in front of the telly, but it doesn’t quite match up to the magic of live entertainment. Why not break the same old routine, put on your best clothes and enjoy an exciting evening at The Grand Theatre instead? Opened in 1878, the beautiful building still possesses its old-world charm and it welcomes many a West End show, so you’re bound to find something to take your fancy.

Royal Armouries Museum

Home to the national collection of arms and armour, this intriguing museum is a must-visit for any history fans or for enjoying a cultural day about town. There are six themed galleries to explore and around 75,000 items on display, including some objects dating back as early as Queen Elizabeth’s reign in the 16th century, making for a very interesting day out.

Roundhay Park

While city life can be busy and exciting, sometimes it’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some quiet time in a more peaceful setting. Roundhay Park sits on the city’s outskirts and offers 700 acres of pretty parklands, lakes, woodland and gardens to enjoy, along with the popular Tropical World, which features an eclectic collection of tropical plants and animals.

Fine dining

Leeds is fast becoming one of the UK’s top foodie destinations and while it has a thriving street food scene, fine dining is one of the city’s most attractive assets. The Michelin Star restaurant, Man Behind the Curtain, is a must-visit if you’re keen to try something incredibly innovative and new, and rooftop eateries Crafthouse and Angelica offer both fantastic food with stunning views over the city.

Fancy escaping to the country after experiencing the hustle and bustle of the city? Check out my favourite Yorkshire country walks.