March 2021: It’s been devastating to see Leeds quiet and shuttered for the last year. Soon, however, it should be kicking back into life. Under the current lockdown easing road map, the reopening of this small, but bustling, city looms tantalizingly on the horizon. From April 12, non-essential shops will be able to re-open and restaurants, bars and pubs will be able to serve food and drink outside, with indoor dining on the cards from May 17. If all goes to plan most restrictions will be lifted by June 21, meaning the city’s enviable nightlife scene and other cultural venues like its world-class theatres and galleries will be open again by this date. Time to get planning your next day out.
Flanked by Yorkshire’s sprawling national parks, Leeds may not seem very green by comparison. But, with lush city parks and an array of stately country piles and nature reserves on its outskirts, we’d argue it offers the perfect balance of bustling city living and proximity to the great outdoors. Keep central, of course, and you’ll also discover an enviable music scene, thriving theatres, busy shopping districts and atmospheric pubs – making this Yorkshire city the ultimate Northern weekend break. So whether you’re here for the top-notch galleries, the pioneering restaurants and bars, or already lacing up those boots to make for the moors, here are 19 unmissable things to do in Leeds.
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