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It’s great when friends or family come to visit, but what do you do with them? Look no further for visitor attractions and ideas for accommodation in the City Centre and Headingley. Add a comment to add to the list.

At first it may seem that a walk round town and Hyde Park is the extent to what you can do when someone comes to visit. Obviously shopping in town is a good idea when the parents are around, however, you don’t have to look too far to find something a bit different. Leeds is an exciting City, with something to offer for everyone; from parents to younger siblings, from chilled out friends to active friends.

Leeds City museum – situated on millennium square, the museum has some interactive features as well as regular talks and events.
Art Gallery $ndash; situated on the Headrow, the gallery has a wide range of exhibitions, a serene alternative to the bustling shops.
Cricket and Rugby Stadium events – see website for a full itinerary of events.
The Royal Armouries – situated in the Clarence Dock complex. Free admission and regular events, check the website before you go for any notification of demonstrations!
Shops and cafés in Hyde Park and Headingley – cute little shops and alternative cafés populate studentvile. See the cafes article for details.
Go Karting – something a little bit more expensive, maybe an idea for a birthday treat. Just outside Leeds is the indoor go karting track. See website for details.
West Yorkshire Playhouse – something a little bit different. A trip to the theater doesn’t have to be expensive, see the student deals article for details on how to save money. The playhouse is situated near to the bus station just outside town.
Cinema – there are vue cinemas in the Light shopping centre and on Kirkstall road.

Here is a taster of annual events that happen in Leeds:

Light Night – this is one of the most exciting nights of the year in Leeds. All sorts of venues and organisations around Leeds city centre join to present a night where Leeds comes alive with art exhibitions. It normally takes place in October and is well worth putting into your diary.
Bonfire Night – Roundhay Park and Hyde Park present spectacular firework displays and bonfires all for free! Don’t forget your sparklers.
Christmas Lights Turn on – Leeds City Council make a huge effort for this event. There is usually a celebrity booked to turn the lights on, along with performances from artists such as McFly and Pixie Lott in previous years. In addition, local theatre groups put on performances. Thousands of people turn up to see the lights turn on outside the art gallery on the Headrow, it’s a great atmosphere and the fireworks are often better than the ones at the park on bonfire night (in my opinion!).
German Market – a hint of Germany arrives in November when cute little stalls selling all sorts of trinkets and an array of food stalls take over millennium square. This is a lovely yearly attraction in Leeds. There is always a large bar tent in the middle, which makes for a good night out.
Ice Rink – the rink always arrives just after the German Market leaves millennium square. The price is going up every year but is definitely worth a visit whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

Accommodation:
— There is a Travel Lodge in the city centre on Vicar Lane.
— Carnegie Stadium has hotel rooms. Situated in the middle of studentville this is a pretty convenient hotel for the parents.
— Butlers Hotel is on Cardigan Road and is also pretty well situated if you want your visitors to stay close to you.
— The Hilton Hotel is a really nice place, situated near the train station.
— The Etap Hotel is probably one of your cheapest choices. It’s situated near to Clarence Dock.
— Check out Lastminute.com for great deals on visitor accommodation in Leeds.

Have a look at some of the below websites for a few more ideas:
— For days out ideas go to: www.yorkshire.com
— For events ideas go to: www.britevents.com

Categories: Activities, Entertainment, Food, Fun, Shopping Posted on Saturday 19th February 2011 at 00:36 by Harriet Jones

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