With a population of almost 2.6 million, Leeds and its surrounding satellite towns are the UK’s fourth-largest urban area, with so many things to see and do. Situated in land-locked West Yorkshire, a county whose distinctive accent, rich heritage and hospitable nature draws visitors from all over the world, Leeds is also a magnet for romantic couples. So whether you met your partner on a site like this or in a more conventional social setting, here are five of the most recommended locations for you to invite your date when you visit the ‘capital of the North’?
The grand theatre truly is a romantic Leeds location. Built around 1878, its design hearkening back to Victorian times, this variety theatre has hosted a diverse range of performances over the decades. The first things you and your partner will notice as you arrive to take your seats are the ornate fixtures and the large theatre curtain, reminiscent of entertainment from days gone by. You can always book one of the private boxes for a more intimate experience. All sorts of shows are performed at this venue throughout the year, from grand opera to theatre. If you enjoyed plays or comedy acts, you’re certain to be enthralled by the night’s entertainment.
Another fantastic activity for romantically inclined couples is to explore the many waterways. Starting off at Granary Wharf, built on a site once the hub of the city’s industrial activity when the canals were thriving with barges carrying all manner of cargo, you can board the Kirkstall Flyboat for an unforgettable cruise. As you glide along the serene waters you can enjoy the landscape unfolding before you. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite for romance, you can tuck into a mouthwatering high tea is consisting of scones, cakes, and delicious sandwiches.
Golden Acre Park
Covering over 130 acres of beautiful verdant scenery, Golden Acre Park is the perfect location for romantic strolls and picnics. It is teeming with interesting wildlife, including colourful wildfowl, and there are also gardens which you can enjoy with your partner. These contain an eye-catching collection of heathers, and woodland provides shelter from the midday sun. You and your partner can pop into the café, which has seating areas both indoors and outdoors. As you dine you can observe birds coming to their own feeding areas. On a hot summer’s afternoon, you can take full advantage of the park as the perfect picnic location. Its eastern side contains a nature reserve.
No day trip to this wonderful city would be complete without a visit to its famous arcades. Completed in 1878, Thornton’s Arcade is particularly worthy of a visit, especially for a sight of its famous clock, complete with four life-sized figures. There are many other arcades nearby, including the Queen’s Arcade, which is bright and airy and is home to various designer and high-end novelty shops. Seriously, this location could rival Carnaby Street in London in terms of what it has to offer shoppers. What better way to build up an appetite for food and drink later than strolling hand in hand with your loved one through this warren of charming shops?
York Gate Garden
York Gate Garden is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Leeds. Although it only covers 1 acre, it is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of garden design anywhere in England. Previously a private family garden, it is now open to visitors throughout the spring and summer. You can enjoy afternoon refreshments in the delightful tea room, offering expansive views of the tranquil surroundings.