There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you move to a new city. The first few days and weeks are full of excitement, surprise and wonder as there’s so much to explore, see and do.
We arrived in our new home of Leeds mid-week last week and have spent most of our free time wandering throughout the city on foot; it’s been a marvellous way to experience the sights, the sounds and the smells, and to get our bearing. Although we’ve done a pretty good job of exploring (and eating) so far, we’ve only just scratched the surface. Here’s my bucket list for our first few months in Leeds.
Top Ten Things I’m Excited to See, Do and Eat:
Leeds International Beer Festival
This upcoming weekend (8-11 September) is the Leeds International Beer Festival. The timing really couldn’t be better as Dave and I are pretty big fans of Beer Festivals. What better way to get to know a place and meet new people than over a pint or two of local brews.
See the Sights
✔️️ Although Leeds isn’t the biggest of cities, it still has a lot to offer to tourists and new locals. Over the past five days, we’ve done quite a lot of walking and marvelling at the architecture, and I’m very excited to get to know the city and its sights better.
Explore the countryside
We caught a quick glimpse of the countryside on our taxi ride from the airport, and I must admit, it was fabulous. The countryside around Leeds is idyllic and I’m looking forward to spending a few non-raining days getting to know the surrounding areas.
Leeds boasts a diverse and bustling street food scene and I can’t wait to sip, sample and taste my way through the city.
Eat Fish & Chips
✔️️ Because it’s delicious, and really, would a stay in the UK be complete without eating fish & chips?!
Eat meat pies
✔️️ I had my first meat pie while out for dinner on Friday night and I must say, it was tasty! I’m looking forward to sampling the many varieties that Leeds has on offer.
✔️️ My obsession with trivia and random facts may borderline on unhealthy, so what better way to put that useless knowledge to use than by becoming pub quiz regulars! So far, we’ve noticed a few adverts around town, so it seems like we’ll have lots of opportunities to find a spot that suits us.
Leeds Waterfront Heritage Trail
The Leeds Waterfront Walk follows the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canals through the heart of the city, past historic buildings and through some of the city’s trendier areas. Although it’s not the longest walk, it sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday (with coffee in hand, natch).
As per Wikipedia: “The Yorkshire Dales is an upland area of the Pennines in Northern England in the historic county of Yorkshire, most of it in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.” The Dales are comprised of river valleys, rolling hills, and stunning greenery, and I can’t wait to put on my wellies and take a day trip out to experience the calm and beautiful Dales.
Take in the Beer Scene
✔️️ From what I’ve learned over these past few days is that Leeds sure loves its beer, which is perfect for Dave and I. The city is full of charming, eclectic and interesting pubs that offer an amazing selection of delicious beers from all over the world. We’ve sampled a few, but nowhere near enough.
Have I missed anything? What would you recommend I add to my list?
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Updated: February 17, 2017.