48 Hours In Leeds

Leeds England

This summer is turning into a whirlwind of travel.  We just got back from another weekend away.  This time we went to Leeds.  It was so nice to see lots of green- there was no shortage of it.

When we left the airport and took the 30 minute ride to the city center, we started off by driving past farmland and it was so, so quiet.  I haven’t heard that kind of quiet in a long time.  I didn’t realize how much I missed it until then.

As we travelled we went from farms to suburbia and then all of a sudden we were in the city.  It kind of sneaks up on you.

We were surprised to discover that Leeds City has a totally different vibe than London, too.  It’s a somewhat newer city (compared to London) but it has great character.

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds England

We took a really early flight so we arrived well before check in at our hotel so we ended up just dropping off our bags off. And the call of the quiet was too much to ignore.  We called a car to collect us and had it bring us back to the country to The Donkey Sanctuary.

The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds England

I’m not kidding.  I swear I was a farmer in a past life.  Before moving to London, I kept chickens at my home in Pennsylvania.  I had a large vegetable garden that I practically lived in during the summer.  I’m determined to turn my tiny 2 acre property into a working farm, one day.  I can dream, yes?

The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds England

But back to the donkeys.  I wanted to adopt them all and take them with me.   They were so sweet.

The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds England

The Donkey Sanctuary was founded by Dr. Elizabeth Svendsen, MBE, in 1969, and since then the charity has grown to 10 sanctuaries throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

We had such a nice time just wandering about, petting the donkeys and enjoying the peace and quiet.

After we returned back to the city we ended up at the hotel to watch Football in the lounge.  I’m not going to lie, I’m glad the World Cup is over!  I like football but it really gets in the way of progress when you’re traveling with people who absolutely must watch it wherever they may happen to be.  We (when I say we I really mean me) had the same issue last week when we went to Belfast.

By the time the match was over we were hungry so we went off to find dinner.

Bulgogi Grill Leeds England

We ended up at a Korean table barbecue restaurant called Bulgogi Grill where you cook your own food.

Bulgogi Grill Leeds England

It wasn’t fancy but it was a lot of fun.  And the food ended up being tasty, as well.

Bulgogi Grill Leeds England

It was a relaxed way to end our first day in Leeds.

Harewood House

Harewood House Leeds England

The next day we decided to go to Harewood House.  Because the weather was so lovely we were there nearly the whole day just wandering about. It’s a beautiful property with landscape that was designed by Capability Brown.

They have farm animals and a bird garden that is home to many types of birds including flamingos.

Harewood House Leeds England

And there were even penguins!

Harewood House Leeds England

There is a small pond that you can cross by boat to visit a walled vegetable and fruit garden that had soothing music playing in it coming from I don’t know where.  It was unusual and oddly calming.

Harewood House Leeds England

And it has inspired me to add music to my own garden, some day!

Harewood House Leeds England

There is also a Himalayan garden that feels secluded and very peaceful.

Harewood House Leeds England

At the house, there is a terrace garden in the back that is an incredibly gorgeous space with sweeping views overlooking the rest of the property below.

The inside of the house was absolutely stunning.

Harewood Leeds England

Harewood Leeds England

Harewood Leeds England

There were a number of furniture pieces that were designed by Thomas Chippendale.  It was very impressive.  It always amazes me how much of the past still survives in these estates.

The Oldest Pub in Leeds

Whitelock's Leeds England

Since it was Sunday we decided to go for a roast at the oldest pub in Leeds called Whitelock’s.

Whitelock's Leeds England

Its tucked away in Turks Head Yard, a little alley off of Briggate, a pedestrianized area in the section of the city called the Victoria Quarter.

Whitelock's Leeds England

The local beer was ice cold and just the thing we needed to cool off after walking around for most of the day.

Whitelock's Leeds England

Whitelock's Leeds England

The roast lamb and fish and chips were both delicious and the portions were huge.

Leeds England

After eating we just swanned about the area taking in the sites.

The Royal Armouries

If Cafe Leeds England

On our last day in Leeds we started our morning with breakfast at If Coffeebar.

If Cafe Leeds England

The portions were massive and kept us going well until the afternoon.

If Cafe Leeds England

If Cafe Leeds England

If Cafe Leeds England

They had the soundtrack to Hadestown playing so we had entertainment along with our meal!

Royal Armouries Leeds England

After eating we headed over to the Royal Armouries.

Royal Armouries Leeds England

It was really something to be able to look up and see swords and armor up to the very top of the building.

Royal Armouries Leeds England

I didn’t think we would be there that long but we were there for hours.

Royal Armouries Leeds England

Royal Armouries Leeds England

The collection is amazing.  It reminded me of the Wallace Collection in London but on a much bigger scale.

The Botanist Leeds England

After the armoury we had a late lunch at The Botanist.

The Botanist Leeds England

The food was just ok but it was the location that was capitavating.

The Botanist Leeds England

Its located within the shadows of Holy Trinity Church.

Victoria Leeds Arcade

Victoria Leeds Arcade

After eating we peeked around the arcades and then it was off to the airport we went.

Leeds was a fabulous weekend away and I hope we get the opportunity to go back.  I would love to be able to explore Kirkstall Abbey and Temple Newsam House.  And since the flight is under 40 minutes it couldn’t be easier to get there.

Have you been to England?  What areas have you enjoyed visiting?  Let me know in the comments area below.

Thanks for reading!  Cheers!

4 thoughts on “48 Hours In Leeds

  1. You had me at donkey sanctuary and the gardens at Harewood House seem so enchanting. What a marvelous city to visit on a long weekend. Thank you for sharing.

  2. The only time I’ve ever been to Leeds was to a Madonna concert in 1987. After reading your post, I cannot understand how I’ve not been there since. Leeds looks like my kind of city and hope to visit someday soon!

  3. I’m jealous that you got to see Madonna!! I bet it was fabulous. You need to go back to Leeds! There’s so much to do,

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