Some nice things to do in Leeds.
The Royal Armouries is a free, council run, museum themed around weaponary! Guns and knives feature here from hunting weapons to fighting. It’s on the waterfront and it might take some searching for but on a sunny day it’s a nice area to hang out. It’s council run so there’s always something that’s broken but still enough to occupy an afternoon. It’s got a fun shop and a rubbish cafe.
A nice cafe that does good fries and was one of the few places you can get a Coke Float in Leeds, however now they look at you like you’re crazy if you ask for one even though it’s still on the menu! It does a good line in contemporary British cuisine, and a has a curious range of cakes in slightly mad combinations of flavours that I’ve never tried!
A large park that has two lakes that people often walk, run, or cycle round. There is also Tropical World where they have some birds, reptiles, spiders, and meercats. It’s an odd mix perhaps but you pay about £5 entrance fee so who’s complaining!
The old Corn Exchance where, one assumes, corn was exchanged…Anyway the building is one of many lovely buildings in Leeds (if you look up above the tacky facades at street level) and now full of shops. A few years back it was full of alternative shops but they were booted out when they needed more money to repair the roof. The, ill-conceived, plan to replace them with restaurants during a time of economic depression did no pan out and the place was largely empty for a long time. Now there are some nice vintage shops, a good hot dog place, and a place to buy all you incense you could want. They also have craft and vintage fairs from time to time.
Next to the Corn Exchange is my favourite Pizza Express, which is my favourite restaurant! I assume they are common elsewhere, they are definitely a chain as there are 4 in Leeds. They all do the same food but the Corn Exchange one is the nicest building and has the nicest decor in my opinion. Boyfriend likes the one nearer the Train Station, and we both dislike the one amongst the shops in Leeds centre.
Saltaire and Salts Mill
20 minutes on the train from Leeds is a small but hilly town called Saltaire. Saltaire was built by Sir Titus Salt (best name ever!) who was a 19th century mill owner and troubled by the pollution and poor living conditions in Bradford. He built an entire town to house his workers and their families, which was quite remarkable. Now the old mill is an art gallery dedicated to David Hockney, it is really the biggest book and art supply shop around and worth a visit. The cafe is good too.