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Leeds knows how to have fun: 9 of the best activities in our city

Leeds knows how to have fun: 9 of the best activities in our city

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Whether you’ve got an afternoon, an evening or a whole weekend to play with, it’s hard to get bored in a city like Leeds. With everything from family fun days to nights out on the tiles at your fingertips, having a good time here is a walk in the park. No pun intended.

Blow off some steam at Whistle Punks

From big celebrations and office nights out to quality time with friends, Whistle Punks is one of the more unique ways to embrace competitive, social fun. Whatever size of group you’re in, this is the place to discover the therapeutic power of throwing heavy objects at targets – and being served food and drinks while you’re at it.

Whistle Punks, Millennium Square The Electric Press 4, Leeds LS2 3AD

Scale new heights at the Climbing Lab

Take on the colourful walls down at the Climbing Lab and experience the world of indoor bouldering at its best. With climbs for all abilities, this is the perfect place for beginners and veterans alike. And with a friendly atmosphere and hot drinks available too, it makes a great spot to wile away an hour or three.

The Climbing Lab, Kirkstall industrial Park, 12, 14 & 15, Leeds LS4 2AZ

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Discover history at the Royal Armouries

One of the city’s best free attractions, the Royal Armouries is home to the UK’s national collection of arms and armour. Discover a whole host of historical fodder in the venue’s sprawling exhibitions, or be wowed by one its regular live events – from reenactments and demos to jousting tournaments.

The Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT

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Browse the indies at the Corn Exchange

Up there with Leeds’ most iconic buildings, the uniquely circular Corn Exchange is home to a vibrant selection of independent shops and cafés, making it perfect for a leisurely browse. From jewellery to artwork, piercings to plants, guitars to vintage clothes, there really is something for everyone here.

Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BR

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Wander the grounds at Kirkstall Abbey

Casting a striking shadow across stunning wooded grounds, Kirkstall Abbey is one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in the country, with more than 800 years of history to its name. Explore the historic ruins, learn more in the visitor centre, and finish up with a stroll through the surrounding natural woodland.

Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH

Explore the heritage at Leeds Markets

It’s one of Europe’s biggest indoor markets, and it’s home to a vast variety of goods – from food, fashion and flowers to haberdashery, haircuts and homewares. Get lost in the maze of stalls, pick up a bargain or two, and enjoy a friendly with the friendly traders while you’re at it. There’s even an international street food area out the back for when you get peckish.

Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY

Take in a show at Leeds Grand Theatre

In operation since 1878, Leeds Grand is something of an institution in the city. From its opulent interior to its eclectic programme of comedies, ballets, musicals, plays and more, this is the place to channel your love of culture as you sit back and enjoy the show.

Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU

Get a breath of fresh air at Roundhay Park

Home to more than 700 acres of parkland, Roundhay Park is the number one destination for a stroll in the fresh air, a day out with the family or a bracing morning run. As one of the world’s largest urban parks, there’s lots on offer here – and if you fancy something a little more exciting, why say hi to the animals at Tropical World next door?

Roundhay Park, Mansion Lane, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2HH

Dance to great music at Brudenell Social Club

A true Leeds institution, the Brudenell is the city’s go-to gig venue. It’s played host to some huge names over the years, and now puts on gigs of every genre pretty much every night of the week. Expect great value drinks, a well-equipped games room and the ultimate chilled vibe – all making it just too easy to get into the groove here.

Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen’s Road, Burley, Leeds LS6 1NY


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