In the heart of Leeds, Crowne Plaza offers a luxurious spa, an indoor swimming pool and modern rooms, and Leeds’s bustling shopping area is just a 10-minute walk away.
See contemporary artworks from the UK and abroad at the Tetley, an eye-catching art deco building and the former headquarters of a local brewery. There's also a fascinating permanent collection tracing the company's history, with vintage pub signs, machinery and commemorative beers. Thirsty work? Enjoy a pint on the sun-trap terrace afterwards. The gallery is 20 minutes' walk from the hotel.
The atmosphere at Headingley Carnegie Stadium is even more electric with the addition of floodlights for night games. They're mounted in frames shaped like white Yorkshire roses, so Twenty20 cricket fans won't miss a single catch. If there's no match during your visit, try the behind-the-scenes tour, which takes in a museum of memorabilia, the players' training area and even the commentary boxes.
If you're walking through Leeds Train Station, half a mile from the hotel, keep an eye out for the kaleidoscopic artwork by Rob Lowe on the bridge overlooking the main entrance. This eye-catching vinyl display is just one of many public artworks that can be seen around the city, from sculptures to graffiti murals. The University of Leeds' Campus Art Trail guide can help you track them down.
The history of medicine from the Victorian age to the present is illuminated at the Thackray Medical Museum, two miles from our hotel. You can discover 50,000 medical instruments, as well as notable artefacts such as Prince Albert's personal medicine chest, and Hitler's blood transfusion set. Public lectures on a range of health-related topics are offered on Saturdays from October to March.
At Tropical World, five miles from the hotel in Roundhay Park, the meerkats are back on display after a cheeky escape attempt was thwarted. You can watch their antics from a viewing enclosure, or even sponsor one through the Adopt-a-Meerkat programme. Make sure you also check out the tropical greenhouses, butterflies and terrapins.
Experience the Yorkshire Dales which inspired the wonderful novels from the Bronte sisters with spectacular scenery, But besides the obvious attractions, a hidden world lies beneath the surface of the Yorkshire Dales, with the limestone hills being honeycombed by countless caves and potholes. A subterranean wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, cathedral-sized chambers, underground rivers and waterfalls waits here to be explored by the intrepid .
Harewood House Trust, Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG
Harewood House is home to the Earl of Harewood, cousin to the Queen. The estate was bought with money made from the West Indian sugar trade in 1738 and the house was completed in 1771. The splendid State rooms contain an extensive collection of portraits, porcelain and Below stairs you can see where the servants worked and lived in the kitchen, scullery and servant's hall. There is a permanent display in the housekeeper's room devoted to HRH Princess Mary.
Temple Newsam Road, off Selby Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE
Temple Newsam is one of the great historic estates in England. Set within over 1500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century, it is a magnificent Tudor–Jacobean mansion. Famous as the birthplace of Lord Darnley and home to the Ingram family for over 300 years, the mansion houses rich collections of works of art. The garden is renowned for its Rhododendron and Azalea walk ,Europe's largest working Rare Breeds Farm, with over 400 animals
Colarado way, Castleford near Wakefiel, Castleford, West yorkshire WF10 4TA
If you're looking for action and excitement then you've come to the right place. Get yourself ready to play, eat and shop at Xscape Castleford - The Ultimate Entertainment Destination. Experience the thrill of our indoor real snow slope, rock climbing, adventure golf, bowling, laser games, our state of the art Cineworld cinema, fitness centre, restaurants, bars & cafe's and a selection of the best urban, clothing and adventure retailers and much more besides And only 40 minutes drive away
St Peters Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Since opening in March 1990, West Yorkshire Playhouse has established a reputation both nationally and internationally as one of Britain's most exciting producing theatres, winning awards for everything from its productions to its customer service. Reception is open from 8.30am until 7.30pm, or 8.30pm until 4.30pm on days when there is no performance
Clarence Dock, Leeds, Werst yorkshire
The Royal Armouries is home to the United Kingdom’s national collection of arms and armour, including artillery. As a museum we have a duty of care for these objects, to keep them, study them and increase our knowledge of them, so that this can be passed to future generations along with the objects themselves.Explore the Royal Armouries exhibitions. These exhibitions compliment our collections as well as challenge many pre-conceived ideas, overall their aim is to educate and entertain.
National Media Museum, Bradforrd, West yorkshire
The National Media Museum examines the history of the media. Starting 300 years ago with the camera obscura the museum also has exhibits looking at the state of the art electronic imaging .The Museum houses some of the most significant and important visual material to be found anywhere in the world. The photography collection contains key images by some of the most influential photographers as well as a wide range of photographic equipment.
Albion Street, Leeds, LS1 5AT
A fantastic new shopping centre in the very centre heart of Leeds boasting 120 stores with such names as Hollister, Victoria Secret Yo-Suchi , also High street names such as River Island, Next ,Primark and many more . Sitting in the heart of Trinity Leeds is The Everyman Cinema which is the first one to open in the North making this a very exiting addition to Leeds City Centre and reinforcing its position as one of the best Cities for entertainment and shopping .
4 Cross Arcade, Victoria Quarter, Leeds, LS1 6AZ
The New Victoria shopping centre as now opened in Leeds including: The new John Lewis store with 5 floors of ultimate shopping Also designer shopping from Calvin Klein Vivienne Westwood Michael Kors Louis Vuitton and many more Adjacent to the New Victoria is the Victoria Quarter With the Prestigious Harvey Nichols Reiss Karen Millen The White Company House of Fraser Debenhams Zara A very good reason to visit Leeds this Christmas
Clay Pitt Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 8AR
The First Direct Leeds Arena is a state of the art Arena built with the highest specification and boasting the best acoustics in Europe .Holding thirteen thousand people with special seating to ensure all seats have full view of the stage and no pillar restrictions. Also fully DDA compliant with all seats fully proficient for accessible use and comfort making this one of the best Arenas not only for the spectators but the artists who perform there, just one more reason to visit Leeds