There’s more to explore in Leeds

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Explore Leeds.

Leeds’ reputation as a modern, vibrant city, popular with shoppers, families and culture lovers is no secret. But did you know there’s a whole other side to Leeds waiting to be explored?

For starters, the food and drink scene in Leeds is some of the best in the country. Restaurants, cafes and bars are open once again to welcome you back inside but, if you prefer eating Al Fresco, there are plenty of pedestrianised areas with outdoor seating and tables – all with waiter service. You can savour the tastes of the world at award-winning restaurants or take in the city sights from a rooftop bar. If you want to make an event of it, book a table at Chow Down at Temple Arches; an outdoor destination hailed for its incredible selection of food, drink and music.

For families, there’s a summer of fun in store. Leeds Jurassic Trail 2 will boast 13 moving, roaring dinosaurs including a flying Pteranodons and a huge Diplodocus alongside the popular T-Rex. The world-first animatronic Yorkshiresaurus – whose design was inspired by a Wakefield pupil – will also go on display.

Another must-visit this year in Leeds is the Thackray Museum of Medicine which is home to one of the UK’s most significant medical collections. The museum has re-opened after a massive refurbishment with 11 new galleries revealing the medical innovations that have changed our lives. Visitors will be able to get a sense of the sights on the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds and be able to chart how medicine has changed through the centuries.

Another must-visit this year in Leeds is the Thackray Museum of Medicine which is home to one of the UK’s most significant medical collections. The museum has re-opened after a massive refurbishment with 11 new galleries revealing the medical innovations that have changed our lives. Visitors will be able to get a sense of the sights on the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds and be able to chart how medicine has changed through the centuries.

Leeds is home to four outstanding theatres, the first direct arena, and is the only city outside London to boast a resident Opera House and Ballet company; Opera North and Northern Ballet. Whether it’s a musical at Leeds Grand Theatre, ballet at Leeds Playhouse, comedy at Carriageworks Theatre or the charming Leeds City Varieties Music Hall there’s a show to suit all tastes and ages. Throughout summer and beyond, the city also plays host to unmissable international sport. In Leeds, we’re working hard to make sure our public spaces are safe and ready for you to visit. You’ll find hand sanitising stations in all major public areas and key information on social distancing. To help you plan your journey, our website provides up-to-date information about bus, rail and road links to Leeds, as well as details of the many car parks within the city centre.

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Be sure to check out our A-Z Guide of visiting Leeds – so you know what to expect.

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