Immersive Victorian history. Luxurious and interesting shopping. An abundance of green, open spaces. Leeds has a lot to offer, especially if you're staying three miles north of the city centre in one of our hotels near Headingly. What was once a booming centre of the woollen textile industry, the city fell into post-industrial decline in the mid-twentieth century. Having had an impressive regeneration, the renovated city centre is now an exciting and vibrant place, with hidden bars, pop-up markets and an array of independent shops.

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Book a hotel near Headingly and start by visiting medieval Kirkstall Abbey. This place is huge and great for a (contained) game of hide and seek. It’s just over four miles back to our Central Vicar Lane Hotel, so see if you can rent bicycles for a scenic ride back along the River Aire. Or, if you want more, the Abbey House Museum is oppostie. Here, Victorian Leeds has been created with incredible detail. The kids will love this, as the staff are all in character. Leeds is famous for its nightlife, so start your evening with dinner at Moments Café. This independent eatery is child-friendly and has a welcoming atmosphere. Stay out for a drink, or if you’re too full, our Leeds Central Hotel is less than 100m away.

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Leave the city and make your way to one of the most historic homes in the country Harewood House. Random Fun Fact: Around 120 hours a year are spent changing lightbulbs in the house. Yeesh. Go exploring and find the castle ruins buried deep in the forest. Animal lovers will be happy to learn there are flamingos and penguins on site. Who knew there was a habitat for exotic birds 25 minutes from our Leeds Colton Hotel? For a shopping experience to remember, head to the Victoria Quarter. It’s ornate, elegant and less than a 10 minute walk back to our Leeds Central Hotel.