Explore the hidden Leeds in England
A treasure trove of hidden entertainments and attractions
Published 22 May 2012 in Featured Articles
Being one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom, Leeds is a treasure trove of hidden entertainments and attractions. With hundreds of millions of pounds having recently been spent on the shopping centres around the city centre alone; a plethora of hidden gems around the city centre are just waiting to be discovered. Before you get there however, here are a few places in which you may wish to visit on your stop!
Residence Six Catered Apartments
If you are planning on staying within the city centre for a few nights, you may wish to try the glamorous and fabulously located apartments just opposite the train station. With the apartments being the only five star rated hotel in Leeds, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t give them a go.
If you are looking for a little bit of nightlife during your stay, The Cockpit, which is secreted beneath the railway arches, is probably the place to get it. Probably one of the few reputable independently run clubs in Leeds, the venue is a fantastic place to go whether you want to party or catch a live band. International artists including The White Stripes, The Killers and The Horrors have all played at the club.
Turk’s Head Yard
Hidden deep within the recesses of the City, the Turk’s Head Yard is situated within the very heart of the city and encompasses all that was good about the 18th and 19th century. With Leeds being only 30 or so miles from York, Turks Head Yard offers a similar experience in travelling back to the fascinating architecture of the past. Also containing Whitelock’s First City Luncheon Bar (est. 1880), which plays host to a palate of local and traditional ales; the yard is a great alternative if you are looking for a genuine Leeds experience.
If you’re looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city, Yeadon Tarn is a park that has been popular with the locals for years. Often featuring brass bands and events throughout the summer periods, the park can often be the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Of course, if you find yourself with little people, a children’s play area and a large BMX park are also situated within it. For those who enjoy planes, the park is but a stone’s throw away from Leeds Bradford airport; making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy the wonder of modern day flight.
Although quite possibly one of the better known attractions within the centre of the city, Thornons Arcade is beautiful and grandiose enough to be on any list involving Leeds. Opened in the late 19th century, the arcade is a palate of beauty and wonder which features many of the city’s most prestigious shops. In 1884, Michael Marks started a bazaar in the arcade wherein every item cost a penny. A few years later he moved to Wigan where he teamed up with John Spencer and opened the first of many Marks & Spencer shops.
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