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Visiting Leeds in 3 days - What to see in Leeds in 3 days?

Published by Erasmusu Content — one month ago

Blog: Leeds City Guide
Tags: Erasmus blog Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

Day 1


After arriving in the city centre, you’ll be entranced by its beautiful buildings and won’t be able to wait to explore it.

First of all, wander down to the Corn Exchange to browse its independent shops and admire its magnificent architecture. As you wander through the city, you have the choice of Vintage shops outside the Corn Exchange, high-street stores on Briggate or some beautiful artisan buys in the Victorian Quarter.  

Moving further on, you can see some of Leeds’ magnificent buildings and places which are dotted around the city centre: The Town Hall, Leeds City Museum, The Royal Armouries and Millennium Square, to name a few. You could even go for a relaxing boat ride down the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and admire the city from the water!

Once you get hungry, head down to Trinity Kitchen to get your streetfood fix, where they have a choice of everything, from pizza to curry to crepes! After that,  head to Roxy’s Ball Bar where you can have a drink and play beer pong, crazy golf and even ping pong to burn off some of that energy.


In the evening, if you’re not already exhausted, head to Kirkstall Retail Park to try your hand at rock-climbing in the Climbing Lab. After all of that exercise, go next door to Mod Pizza to enjoy a fully-customised pizza and reward all your hard work.

Day 2


Today we are going to focus on the student areas of the city, Hyde Park and beyond. Wake up and go to LS6 cafe for a mid-morning brunch of American pancakes and maple syrup and a delicious Vegan English breakfast. Once you’re all fueled up and ready for the day, go for a walk through Roundhay Park and admire the surrounding nature and lakes.


On your way back to Hyde Park, walk through Headingley and it’s high street. Visit the Emirates Stadium where the famous Varsity takes place, or explore its many charity shops. There are lots of cosy pubs where you can stop, have a drink and put your feet up for a bit. Grab a delicious Vegan doughnut from Temple Coffee and Doughnuts to satisfy you until dinner.


In the evening, wander to the beautiful Hyde Park Picture House and enjoy an independent or international film in its beautiful setting. Afterwards, head to Brudenell Social club to enjoy a live gig or one of its various events and enjoy a delicious Pieminster pie, served warm from the bar.

Day 3


Take the train from Leeds Train Station to York and walk 10 minutes to Parisan, a cosy cafe which serves delicious breakfast and brunch options. After, walk to York Minster and admire its magnificent architecture and stain-glass windows.


Take a walk down The Shambles and peak into all the different shops, look at the flags, the different kinds of fudge, buy some old fashioned sweets and finally enter into the magical world of Harry Potter at the He Who Will Not Be Named Shop. We bet you’re pretty hungry after all of that exploring, so head to York Roast Co to enjoy a delicious Yorkshire Pudding Wrap which will keep you well-stuffed for the rest of the day.


You have to celebrate your last night in Leeds with a bang, so go and enjoy the views of the city of Leeds from the terrace in the Alchemist, in Trinity Leeds, along with a magical colour-changing cocktail. If you feel like continuing your night and busting some moves on the dancefloor, you can check out our Nightlife section and pick a club which takes your fancy!

If you want more ideas, take a look at this Erasmus student’s experience of visiting their friend in Leeds.

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