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Things to do this Winter in Leeds

From getting outdoors and exploring some of the city’s many green spaces to making a day out of wandering through beautiful arcades, there’s something for everyone to discover this winter in Leeds.

There's something for everyone to enjoy this winter in Leeds

The holiday season has passed, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do and discover in Leeds! From getting outdoors and exploring some of the city’s many green spaces to making a day out of wandering through beautiful arcades, there’s something for everyone.  

Enjoy some fresh air in Roundhay Park  

It’s easy to forget to get out into nature as much as we do in the warmer months, but just because the days are shorter and the temperatures are chilly, doesn’t mean it isn’t worth exploring the city’s green spaces. With shorter days, it’s even more important to make the most of the daylight and it may even help you shake off some midwinter cobwebs.  

Here in Leeds, we’re lucky enough to have one of Europe’s largest parks right on our doorstep! Take advantage of this beautiful green space by going for an energising walk around Roundhay Park this winter. Have a meander around the lake with friends and keep your eyes out for any early signs of spring! 

Get your fix of art and culture at some of Leeds’s museums and galleries  

If you’re set on staying indoors and avoiding the chilly weather, why not explore some of Leeds’s many museums and galleries?  

The city boasts dozens of museums and galleries with rotating exhibitions which means there’s something new to see in just about every season!  

Learn about inventions and innovations made right here in the city at the Leeds Industrial Museum or maybe spend an afternoon admiring some sculpture at the Henry Moore Institue. There’s a whole host of museums and galleries for you to choose from.  

Wander through an arcade 

Leeds boasts many indoor markets and grand arcades that perfectly suit a day of wandering and window shopping.  

Make your way down to the Victorian Arcade or the Corn Exchange to window shop, have a wander, and maybe even discover a new favourite shop or restaurant. Be sure to snap a few pictures too – these grand Victorian arcades make the perfect backdrop for Instagram!  

Find your new favourite café  

Leeds has a huge array of cafes and restaurants to choose from, but have you discovered your own favourite hidden gem yet?  

Set aside a day or an afternoon and explore your local area’s offering or head somewhere new in the city to see if you can find the best latte yet.  

Discover somewhere new on a day trip  

Leeds is well connected to the rest of the country making it easy for you to enjoy a day exploring many of the surrounding cities and towns that are quickly and easily accessible.  

For a day out steeped in Yorkshire’s literary history, you can visit the home of the famous Bronte sisters, Haworth. The charming village is surrounded by the moors that inspired the writers and is brimming with independent shops, cafes, and restaurants. 

The former-mill-town-turned-arts-hub Hebden Bridge is also easily accessible by train from Leeds. The little industrial town is surrounded by idyllic woodland which makes this a perfect outing for someone looking for a little bit of urban excitement and countryside charm all wrapped up into one.  

On the wilder side, the North Yorkshire Moors are easily accessible from Leeds City Centre by bus or train. The dales offer striking views across rugged landscapes dotted with quaint stone villages for you to explore.