Leeds, a developing city in the UK, is a hot tourist destination for various reasons. Towering skyscrapers, posh dining scenes, striking and majestic buildings, streets rich with heritage and history, strong connection to sports and picturesque parks; all of which contribute to the high influx of visitors to almost rival London. The city is also adjacent to many other towns, warranting perfect one-day trips you can make to make your tour more memorable and worthwhile. Scroll through this list to find out the best one-day trips from Leeds to cities and towns you will definitely fall in love at first sight!
With an extraordinary landscape accentuated by lush hills, grassy pathways, and vibrant wildlife, Yorkshire Dales National Park is one that cannot be missed during your trip to Leeds. For the adventurers in you, there are so many things to do here: caving, mountaineering, rock climbing, sea kayaking, as well as downhill and cross-country skiing and many more. For the nature lover in you: visit surrounding towns a memorable countryside experience, travel to Kettlewell and climb over Kilnsey Crag to enjoy a spectacular view of the park. The park is shy of an hour from Leeds and is accessible by car and public transport.
Private Tour - Yorkshire Dales Day Trip from Leeds
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Located in North Yorkshire, Scarborough is a seaside town, is historically rich and gives an ethereal feel to visitors. It is famous for its sandy beaches, resplendent views, and friendly locals. It takes about 90 minutes from Leeds. There is always something to do for everyone here: beach holiday for tourists, castles, and museums for history lovers, mountains for adventure-seekers and SEA LIFE for nature enthusiasts; and the list goes on. Hop on to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a breathtakingly scenic route, and dine at local seaside cafes that use fresh catches from nearby villages.
Famous as the home of the Bronte sisters, literary legends, Haworth gains a majority of its economic traction from its tourism prowess. Many tourist landmarks are famous in this quaint landlocked town, such as the Haworth Railway Station, an authentically preserved steam railway; the Bronte Way, which has strong associations with the famous Bronte family; the buzzing cobbled Main Street where antiques and collectibles are sold; Haworth Village where you will find cozy pubs, cafes and many other interesting shops. The town is only 40 minutes away from Leeds.
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Hull is a picturesque location with red-brick buildings and cobblestone walkways overlooking idle beaches serving as a port for fishermen boats. It is a must-visit for history enthusiasts as the port city is rife with museums such as Ferens Art Gallery, the Hull, and East Riding Museum, Wilburforce House, Streetlife Museum and many more. Apart from that, the city is also rich with art and culture, with artistic installations that can be seen almost everywhere. Nightlife here is also famous, with a plethora of pubs and cafes buzzing to business as the sun sets. What’s more, Hull is just a little over an hour from Leeds.
A metropolitan by itself, Sheffield used to be an industrial powerhouse but now is the center of art and culture of the region. Named after the River Sheaf which flows through the city, Sheffield offers many splendid views and memorable destinations to visit during your day trip. Pubs, cafes, restaurants, and museums are scattered here, giving tourists plenty of things to do and places to visit. One must-see place is the Winter Garden, an urban greenhouse has a remarkable eco-friendly design to house tropical floras all year round. Looking to spend your day just shopping? Head to Meadowhall, one of Britain’s’ biggest malls. Sheffield is only 50 minutes from Leeds by road.
Touted as the heart of the UK’s fishing industry, Grimsby has a lot to offer to tourists. Housing the largest fish market in the UK, it has an entire branch of tourism dedicated to its fishing industry. Grimsby is a haven if you love fishing, as it houses various museums and centers to accommodate your hobby. The Gothic Revival Tower in Royal Dock is a historical statement on the importance of fishing here. Be sure to try the traditional Grimsby smoked fish, which is recognized as a Protected Geographical Indication. If you are up for a peaceful day out by only nature as your company, you can visit Cleethorpes Country Park, People’s Park or Weelsby Woods. Grimsby only takes less than 90 minutes from Leeds.
Are you an automotive enthusiast? Derby is a must-visit during your next trip to Leeds. Home to various automobile wonders, Derby is located in Derbyshire and is located about an hour 20 minutes from Leeds. It boasts advanced transportation manufacturing, housing Rolls-Royce, Toyota, and many other companies. Derby Industrial Museum showcases the town’s automotive development and exhibits Rolls-Royce aero engines, railways, mining, quarrying, and foundries. Despite its pro-industrial image, Derby also has a plethora of parks and abbeys you can visit for a quiet day out, such as Markaeton Park, Darley Park, Derwent River, as well as Calke Abbey.
Middlesbrough is a cross between an urban city and an idyllic town about a little over an hour’s ride from Leeds. It is usually flocked by tourists to visit the Transporter Bridge and the Tees Newport Bridge, both considered architecture marvels when they were built. But that is not all there is to Middlesbrough. The city is filled with Victorian-era buildings, cobblestone walkways and red telephone boxes that will give you the exclusive British experience. There are a wide array of museum and galleries you can visit in Middlesbrough. You can also head to the Middlesbrough Leisure Park for an exciting day out. The park houses many great features, including restaurants, a multiplex cinema, gym and more.
A city dedicated to historical buildings and heritage sites; Durham is a place you’ll never want to miss. You can tour Durham Cathedral, which is well-known for its gorgeous architecture that is a cross between British values and Roman style; Durham Castle, another wonder which boasts many rooms full of rich Victorian designs and extensions; various galleries such as Museum of Archaeology and Oriental Museum; Beamish, a remarkable living museum of the Georgian Victorian and Edwardian eras; as well as Indoor Market, a popular shopping and dining scene. It is about 90 minutes from Leeds via a scenic route by road as you pass by Yorkshire Dales National Park and North York Moors National Park.
What is Manchester famous for? Well, that goes without saying. But there is more to this metropolitan city than its namesake football club. Housing one of the UK’s largest indoor malls, Manchester is the perfect place to spend your day. You can laze around in Heaton Park, dine at various cultural pubs and restaurants, shop your hearts out at Trafford Centre, watch a football match at Old Trafford, and end your day by watching the majestic sunset at Salford Quay, which also houses a vibrant nightlife. Manchester is only about 50 minutes away from Leeds.
Experience the beauty of Britain with these day trips
Be it Durham, Hull or Sheffield, these cities offer great experience and unforgettable memories to treasure during your trip to Leeds. So why not pick one and have fun?
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