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Things to do in Leeds City Centre for Couples

Need an idea for date night? We got you, and your boo.

There’s absolutely loads to do in Leeds. Whether you’re a single professional making a big career move to the city or a family with a rabble of kids in tow, you’ll definitely not run out of brilliant things to do.

Leeds also has plenty to offer couples. You might be on the hunt for adventure, to learn something new, be entertained, or spend a romantic date night together. When it comes to things to do in Leeds city centre for couples, the hardest part will be whittling your choice down to just one or two.

In this article, we’ll explore some of the top things couples can do together in Leeds and make the most out of this fantastic and affordable city.

What is there to do in Leeds for couples?

Leeds city centre is chock full of places to see, things to do, and experiences to get lost in, making it the perfect place for date night. Here’s our list of 20 things to do in Leeds so you can spend some quality time with your other half.

1. Explore Roundhay Park

At more than 700 acres, Roundhay Park is absolutely massive. One visit isn’t enough to see it all – in fact, neither are 10 visits. With loads of parkland, woods, lakes and more to see, you can make a day of it. You could enjoy a picnic, grab a drink at the cafe, take a ride on the land train, or simply use it as a way to get your 10,000 steps.

2. Catch some culture at Leeds Art Gallery

Slap bang in the centre of the city is Leeds Art Gallery, located in a wonderful 19th-century building right next door to Leeds Town Hall. The gallery is home to a large selection of art from the past two hundred years and hosts regular events and special exhibitions. There’s also an on-site cafe so the two of you can have a sit-down and talk about your favourite pieces.

3. Learn the history of Kirkstall Abbey

Dive into more than 800 years of Leeds history by exploring the historic Kirkstall Abbey.  This 12th-century ruin is one of the UK’s best-preserved Cistercian monasteries, which is free to access if you’re a Leeds local. If the two of you are into history, you’ll definitely enjoy a trip to this stunning historical site.

4. Splash some cash at Victoria Leeds

For a spot of luxury shopping and dining, you really can’t get any better than Victoria Leeds. With a selection of high-end brands in fashion, jewellery, home, beauty and technology, you can spend time beneath the stunning glass roof and admire both the architecture and the shopping on offer.

5. Stroll along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

As the name suggests, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal connects the two cities with 127 miles of fantastically maintained waterways. Along the route there are 91 locks and plenty of lovely walks to take in the scenery, spot some nature and spend time enjoying some gentle exercise. There are also plenty of pubs and cafes situated alongside the canal so you can stop for a well-earned refreshment.

6. See something new at Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is a fabulous 19th-century theatre that seats an audience of around 1,500. There’s always something on, so whatever you and your other half like to catch on stage, you’re bound to find it. The theatre routinely hosts musicals, comedians, musicians, plays and more.

7. Have a romantic meal at The Ivy

Right in the heart of the Victoria Quarter, The Ivy is the perfect spot for a romantic meal, whether you’re looking for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. There’s a wonderful selection of food, perfectly cooked as you might expect from a name so closely associated with quality as The Ivy. The style is also a unique combination of class and whimsy, with Asian-inspired decor.

8. Learn all about armour at the Royal Armouries Museum

On the banks of the River Aire, the Royal Armouries Museum allows you to learn about the fascinating and sometimes grisly history of arms and armour from all over the world. The hall of steel holds an impressive collection of 2,500 items, with an angled mirror that lets you get a great view without getting a crick neck.

9. Take a cooking class

Expand your culinary skills with a cooking class, so neither of you use the excuse that you can’t cook to get a takeaway ever again. Leeds Cookery School has a range of courses, including pizza making, knife skills and pasta making. Or you could take a class at YO! Sushi and learn about how to make the perfect sushi roll (which, of course, you also get to eat).

10. Practice your putting skills at Junkyard Golf

Part crazy golf course, part cocktail bar, Junkyard Golf brings a whole new meaning to the term golf club. There are three eclectic and electrifyingly themed nine-hole courses, where you can attempt to sink a hole in one while sinking your drinks. It’s a great way to spend some time doing something different and puts a unique spin on going out for a cocktail.

11. Enjoy good food and good music at Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen

If you’re a fan of live music and good food (who isn’t?) then you really need to check out Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen. There are live music acts several times a week across a whole range of genres. There are also two kitchens that serve up the most incredible pizzas from Dough Boys and mouthwatering burgers from Patty’s Burgers. Belgrave Music Hall has everything you need for the best date night in Leeds.

12. Unwind at the spa

There’s no better way to relax and unwind than with a spa break, which is the perfect thing you and your partner can do together. Chill out with a book, melt away your worries in a steam room, take a dip in the pool or treat the muscles with a massage. The Village Hotel Spa in Leeds has all the facilities you need for a stay that will leave you both feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

13. Get cosy with some kittens over a coffee

Leeds’ Kitty Cafe isn’t just a great cafe with a huge menu offering pizzas, sandwiches and desserts, you can enjoy your treats while surrounded by adorable cats. A whole clutter of cats call the Kitty Cafe their home, so only show up if you’re prepared to cuddle, play and make sure a sneaky kitten doesn’t pinch a pepperoni off your pizza.

14. Catch a match at Elland Road

Leeds is a proud footballing city, with its beloved Leeds United having plenty of accolades in their trophy cabinet. Elland Road has a capacity of almost 38,000, so why not pick up a ticket and sit among the home fans to cheer on the mighty Whites? 

15. Try some tipple on a brewery tour

There are a fair few breweries in Leeds, creating original and delicious beers enjoyed all over the UK and beyond. If you and your partner love a good pint, you could take part in a brewery tour to find out how they’re made and – of course – sample some of their offerings.

16. Have a laugh at The HiFi Club

Every Saturday night, across the road from the Corn Exchange, is The HiFi Club’s fabulous comedy night. Watch a range of new and established comedians and laugh until your sides split (not literally, obviously). The club has previously hosted renowned comics including Alan Carr, John Bishop, Katherine Ryan and Joe Lycett.

17. Explore the exotic at Tropical World

Roundhay Park is home to Tropical World, where you can immerse yourselves in tropical flora and fauna. Explore various ecosystems and get up close to incredible animal species, including meerkats, monkeys, lizards and insects.

18. Discover more about Leeds at Leeds City Museum

Not too far from the train station, Leeds City Museum gives you and your partner the chance to find out all about the history of this incredible city. There are loads of exhibits to see related to our planet, ancient civilisations, Leeds’ connections to Asia and more. There’s also an on-site cafe so you can have a sit down with a cuppa and maybe share (or don’t share, just get your own!) a slice of cake.

19. Get your game on at a video game bar

If you and your partner enjoy competing against each other in your favourite games like Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat or Fortnite, you’ll love Pixels. This fantastically themed space serves gaming character-themed cocktails and tasty snacks while providing you with consoles so you can play until your fingers are sore. If you book ahead you can secure a booth so you don’t need to worry about being disturbed.

20. Reenact Ghost at a pottery studio

You and your partner can get your hands dirty, learn a new skill and spend quality time together at Sunken Studio, a pottery studio that has everything you need. Throw your own works of art, fire them in the kiln, then paint them however you like. Pottery is a great way to put the phones down and spend time doing a fun activity together with a great souvenir to show at the end of it.

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You certainly won’t struggle when it comes to things to do in Leeds city centre for couples. No two date nights need to be the same, so get out there and explore everything this wonderful city has to offer.

Whether you’re a couple looking to move to Leeds, a family or a single professional, Leeds has something for everyone. Rent in Central Leeds with UNCLE and see what life is like in the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

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