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Leeds tours and excursions

Leeds tours

Stadium tours

Guided Tours of Leeds United Football Stadium are available throughout the year. Places of interest include the media areas, director's box, international board, dressing rooms and pitch side. Tours are conducted at 3pm on Fridays and 2pm on Sundays and last around 90 minutes.

Tel: 0871 334 1992.
Website: http://www.leedsunited.com

M&S Heritage Trail

This rather quirky tour of Leeds starts from the M&S Stall at Kirkgate Market where the company started 129 year ago, before you trace the trace the history of one of Britain's most iconic high street department stores through the city, from its birthplace to the state-of-the-art Michael Marks Building housing the Marks in Time Exhibition. Tours last 90 minutes.

Tel: (0208) 718 2800.

Walking tours

Leeds's relatively compact centre makes it perfect for exploring on foot. Free maps can be picked up from the tourist office and it's a quick and easy city to get acquainted with and find your way around. But to get a real sense of Leeds's history with all its quirky eccentricities and unusual anecdotes, the services of a local guide are invaluable. Michael Barber (tel: (0113) 271 3421) and Ken Goor (tel: (0113) 252 6807) are both registered tour guides who have plenty of local knowledge and can put together tailor-made tours of the city. The Tourist Information Centre can help with organising a tour guide.

Website: http://www.leedsliveitloveit.com

Leeds excursions

Harewood House

This stunning 18th century Georgian house lies only 11km (7 miles) from Leeds and features art galleries, a renowned bird garden featuring penguins, owls and flamingos, and over 100 acres of gorgeous gardens as well as the Yorkshire Planetarium. Built on the back of the West Indian sugar trade by the Lascelles family, highlights of a visit include fabulously ornate fireplaces, Chippendale furniture, family portraits and tea rooms.

Tel: (0113) 218 1010.
Website: http://www.harewood.org/house

Leventhorpe Vineyard

Wine lovers should head out to Leventhorpe Vineyard, Bullerthorpe Lane, Woodlesford, the country's most northerly commercial vineyard. Established in 1985 and spread over five acres, it produced red and white wines and is open daily

Tel: (0113) 288 9088.
Website: http://http://www.englishwineproducers.co.uk/vineyards/north/yorkshire/leventhorpe-vineyards

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, Wakefield is home to modern and contemporary art set within 2 sq km (500 acres) of wonderful 18th-century parkland.

Tel: (01924) 832 631.
Website: http://www.ysp.co.uk
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In a grand former bus and tram office, the Leeds branch of this popular chain offers stylish and contemporary rooms that all come with CD and DVD players as standard by the River Aire. There are 100 stylish rooms while British classics feature strongly on the menu.

Travelodge Leeds Central

This hotel offers good value, functional rooms at a convenient location that's close to the train station.


A Grade II listed boutique hotel with 45 rooms, this proper offers refined, classic and contemporary furnishings. Built in 1891 as the former liberal club, it offers a distinctive terracotta facade, wrought iron gates, Corinthian columns and stained glass windows. It's been voted one the world's top 80 hotels by Conde Nast Traveller.

Oak Villa B&B

This charming friendly B&B is situated close to Headingley Cricket Ground and is set in the heart of a pleasant wooded conservation area. The Victorian house has free parking Wi-Fi and a licensed bar. Some rooms have en-suites and there are different sized rooms. The hotel is just 1.5 miles from the city centre.

Met Hotel

This fabulously-ornate Grade II listed building has recently been refurbished and offers guests elegant, spacious rooms, a terracotta exterior and ornate furnishings. It's located in the business district but is still close to all the restaurant, shops and nightlife action.

Queens Hotel

For location, this landmark hotel is unbeatable. Adjacent to the railway station and overlooking City Square, it's a stone's throw from all the action. With 215 rooms, an executive floor and two dining options, it is a large hotel with plenty of amenities and top notch service.