Leeds is a modern cosmopolitan city. It’s vibrancy is magnified by two universities, International eateries and shops. Developments spring up regularly with new bars, boutiques, clubs and restaurants providing ample variety for a stag party in Leeds. Leeds, the largest city in the county of Yorkshire, in West Yorkshire is well known for excellent shopping, Victorian architecture, museums, cafes and theatres. It is in the middle of the awe-inspiring Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District. There is easy access to the ancient city of York and historic Harrogate, a spa town.
If you’re just visiting the city centre, you might as well walk, as much of it is surprisingly compact. Free maps are available at the tourist information and a number of visitor attractions. Leeds’ central area is fairly compact with most of the major attractions and shops within walking distance of one another. There is also the Free City Bus operational during the day which loops around much of the city centre every 6-7 minutes during the day. All passengers travel free of charge. If catching this service, it's best to do so at either the Bus Station or Rail Station; if a bus is full, it will not stop to take on more passengers and you can be waiting over an hour at busy times. When exploring the urban glamour on a stag party in Leeds it’s best to use the available buses and taxies to avoid the limited parking and enjoy the local flavor up close.
• City Varieties Music Hall - This world famous venue, that Charlie Chaplin once called home, hosts a mix of shows.
• Leeds Festival - For summer-time stag parties, plan for the three-day music festival where headliner acts from around the world play to a crowd of 80,000 on the bank holiday weekend. Festival atmosphere; camping permitted. Perfect stag do fare.
• Xscape Castleford - Activity center with real indoor ski slopes with real snow. An ice climbing wall, cinema and a number of restaurants are also available.
• Take in a Game - Leeds has a number of professional teams that are enthusiastically supported by the locals. Choose from Rugby, Cricket, Football or - for those who didn’t get tuckered out at Xscape - take a few laps go-karting.
During Roman times, Leeds was a fort and small settlement. In the Middle Ages, it became a bustling market and trade town and was awarded a town charter n 1207. Leeds specialized in cloth and wool and grew rapidly in the 18th century. The industrial revolution brought Leeds’ transformation to a major wood and textile manufacturing and trade centre. Leeds wasn’t as badly damaged as other British cities during World War II; however, it succumbed to a declining industrial age and high unemployment. Leeds’ residents regrouped and emerged in the 1990s as a service oriented economy especially tied to areas of law and finance. Leeds continues to grow and prosper and is one of the most multi-cultural in the country.
Leeds has been called the U.K.’s best city for clubbing. The city’s diversity of inhabitants, student populations from two universities and burgeoning tourism trade combine to Leeds is a never fail choice for stag parties after-dark. Estimates are that Leeds has over 180 city centre pubs and bars and about 29 night clubs. On your stag party in Leeds, you’ll want to check all of the city’s entertainment districts: the exchange quarter, Briggate, the civic quarter, the financial district, Brewery Wharf and lower Briggate.
Leeds has cuisine to suit any taste and budget. A vibrant cafe-culture exists and Leeds is also well known for its curry houses like Aagrah and Akbars. The Clock Cafe in Hyde Park serves English and Czech food with good traditional beers. Other city restaurants offer a dizzying mix of every ethnicity including Iranian, Algerian, Chinese, Italian and French.