Leeds short break
- Shopping, Victorian-style
Enjoy some retail therapy – or at least some window shopping – at the beautifully restored Victoria Quarter.
- Follow in Victoria's footsteps
Perhaps visit stately Harewood House, location for the TV series ‘Victoria’.
- Stay in style
Make yourself at home in a 1930s Art Deco ex-railway hotel, in Leeds city centre.
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Culture vultures will find plenty of interest in the vibrant city of Leeds…
The Queens Hotel could not be more centrally located for exploring, and although Leeds is the UK’s third largest city the centre itself is surprisingly compact. You can walk to most of the major attractions within 20 minutes, or hop on a City Bus or one of the free-to ride-water taxis. Leeds has 16 museums and galleries that are free to enter. Don’t miss the fabulous, recently refurbished Leeds Art Gallery (closed Mondays), where you can admire an impressive collection of 20th-century art. Henry Moore began training as a sculptor in Leeds and the international research centre, The Henry Moore Institute, hosts a changing programme of exhibitions of sculpture from across the world. It’s open seven days a week and entry is free. On the south side of the canal you can visit The Tetley, previously head office of the local brewery, now a centre for contemporary art.
Perhaps take a tour of Leeds Town Hall, to see the old Courtroom and Victorian prison cells and have a look around the incredibly well-stocked Central Library. Head to Millennium Square in front of Leeds Civic Hall which hosts a variety of year-round events. The Leeds Big Screen here regularly shows major sporting and cultural events. Enjoy some retail therapy – or at least some window shopping – at the Victoria Quarter. The area comprises the Victoria Arcades shopping arcades, built in 1900, from marble, wrought iron and carved mahogany to create two streets, an arcade and a theatre. it is without doubt one of the most recognisable and best loved landmarks in the city. The grand, Grade I-listed Kirkgate Market, was the first covered retail street in Leeds when built in 1857. This was where Marks & Spencer originated.
Inside the dome-roofed Grade I Leeds Corn Exchange, you’ll find independent shops, restaurants and bars and, quite often, a vintage market or record fair. Not far from the city centre, at Leeds Dock, you can explore arms and armour through the centuries and across the world at the Royal Armouries Museum. There are many shops, bars and restaurants in this waterside redevelopment of the old Clarence Dock.
Further afield you can visit the 12th-century ruins of the Cistercian Kirkstall Abbey or the stately home Harewood House – used as the location for the TV series, ‘Victoria’.
- All breakfasts and dinner on the first night
- Guided walking tour
- Porterage at your hotel
- Cancellation rights.
The Queens, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ. Tel: 0113 243 1323 (For Sat Nav use postcode LS1 4DY)
Discover all the attractions that Leeds has to offer during a short break in the 1930s Art Deco Queens Hotel (4Q), a landmark in the city. The 4-star hotel, overlooking City Square and next door to Leeds Station, was built in 1937 for the former London, Midland & Scottish Railway. It was sensitively refurbished in 2010, with new fixtures, fittings and furnishings that reflect its 1930s Art Deco heritage.
There are 215 guest rooms and suites, with all the modern comforts you’d expect plus Art Deco-style touches and details.
You can upgrade to a Superior room for a supplement, subject to availability.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
The welcoming hotel restaurant – Grilled at the Queens – uses locally sourced products where possible. Located in the hotel basement, it serves a largely grill-based menu of steaks, smart burgers, classic and fish meat dishes, ‘modern British’ dishes and veggie-friendly choices.
On the ground floor you’ll find the Queens Bar with its ornate ceiling, chandeliers and art deco pictures. Relax over morning coffee, afternoon tea or perhaps a drink before dinner. You can eat here too, with daytime and evening menus offering a range from light bites to three-course meals.
Breakfast is served buffet-style with plenty of choice of both hot and cold items.
The hotel could not be more centrally located for exploring, and although Leeds is the UK’s third largest city the centre itself is surprisingly compact. You can walk to most of the major attractions within 20 minutes, or hop on a City Bus or one of the free-to ride-water taxis. The city centre has everything you’d expect and more – great galleries and museums, fine restaurants, interesting shops, theatres and nightlife. The Leeds & Liverpool canal – the longest in Britain – passes right through the city centre. Enjoy a waterside stroll from close to Leeds Station past scenic locks and countryside.
Guided walking tour
On Day 2, at 10am, join an included walk through the city with your local guide who will point out sights of interest.
Included on 3 nights itinerary