If you’re wondering what to do in Leeds on a nice day, the city boasts a wide range of relaxing or adventurous things to do outdoors, all easily accessible from the train station. There are always things to do in Leeds, from exploring the city centre by foot or visiting a nearby suburb on the Northern line, so make the most of this buzzing city and plan your trip.
For the walkers
Directly behind the station, you’ll find the start of the Aire Valley Towpath. Following the scenic River Aire all the way to Bingley, the path is perfect for a relaxing stroll or is a great place to start a cycle of Leeds. Fuel up for your adventure with a pizza at nearby Water Lane Boathouse, before heading in the direction of first Kirkstall Marina and onwards in the direction of Bingley. Stop for some refreshments along the way at the Kirsktall Bridge Inn, or go slightly off course to take in Temple Coffee’s famous vegan donuts. The route is 26km in length and runs adjacent to the trainline so when you get tired, you can just hop back on the train to the city centre.
Picnic in the park
If you’re after a more relaxing sunny day, you can catch the Northern train to Headingley station and stroll to the impressive Kirkstall Abbey. Established in 1152, the ruins of the Abbey are situated in a beautiful grassy park that are a perfect place for a picnic. As well as housing an excellent interactive visitor centre, the Abbey is also home to an outdoor market on the last weekend of every month from March to November, making it the perfect place to bring all the family.
Enjoy a rooftop bar
One of the most popular outdoor activities Leeds has to offer when the sun is shining is visiting one of the wide range of rooftop bars in Leeds. Check out the Kennedy Meadows on the rooftop of Headrow House where you can watch the sun set with a good selection of beer and an even better selection of music. Angelica’s is also a sunny day favourite and is the perfect spot to catch up for a bite to eat with friends in the sun. It offers a menu filled with delectable food and is famous for its cocktails, making it the perfect place to start your sunny weekend in style.