10 things you have to do in Leeds this summer

Leeds is great, but in the Summer it’s even better. If you’re new to the city, or you’re just after something nice to do – here’s a list of must dos for sunny days in Leeds this Summer.

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1.Ride the canal – the canal is the perfect bike path. Head to Rodley for a drink in the Tiny Tea Room and then cycle back into the city stopping at Brewery Wharf for a well deserved beverage! And, if you don’t have a push bike, don’t worry – you can hire one just by the train station at Cycle Point.

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2.Have a BBQ at Roundhay Park – Roundhay Park is perfect for BBQs, whether you’re chilling with a beer, enjoying some outdoor time with the family, or playing rounders with your mates, there’s plenty of space, you can enjoy your own music and BBQ is more than encouraged. Just be sure to grab an ice-cream on your way out.

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3.Enjoy a drink on the rooftops – Leeds is known for its rooftop bars, and there’s little wonder as they’re all over the city, from The Woods in Chapel Allerton, to Belgrave and Headrow House, there’s plenty of choice. If you’re feeling really fancy, there’s the Trinity bars too.

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4.Take the water taxi – Leeds water taxi is free and runs from the train station at Granary Wharf to Leeds Dock (formally Clarence Dock), once you jump off you can enjoy the Royal Armories, or just enjoy a stroll around the dock itself.

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5.Chill out by the water – one of the great things about Leeds is that there’s plenty of chill out areas by the water. If you’re after a relaxed dining experience and a drink with friends in town, Oracle, Calls Landing, Aire Bar, The Pour House and Archies all offer good options. If you want something out of town, head to Kirkstall Bridge or Rodley Barge for great beer and a very relaxed vibe.

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6. Walk the Meanwood Valley Trail – this is a 7 mile trail, but it’s perfect for a picnic and a hot sunny day. Enjoy the water and some lovely surprises along the way. This is the ideal way to see a side to Leeds you may not have imagined before.

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7. Grab a racket – there are loads of free tennis courts across Leeds. Check out Meanwood Park, Hyde Park and Roundhay Park.

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8. Go bouldering at Otley Chevin – those feeling a little braver, can scramble up rocks at Otley Chevin.

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9. Support the Rhinos – nothing beats a cold beer and a visit to our favourite boys in blue (and yellow). Most Fridays you’ll find Headingley Stadium packed with Leeds Rhinos supports cheering on their Rugby League champions.

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10. Visit one of the many gardens and manors – from Lotherton Hall to Temple Newsam, Harewood House to Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds is packed with stunning gardens, stately homes and beautiful architecture. Take a casual stroll, enjoy a bite at a cafe and soak up Leeds’ rich heritage.


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