Day Trips from Leeds

Are you a first year who needs a break from the tough life of Fresher’s Week? A southerner who’s in desperate need of some northern fun? A final year student who hasn’t yet explored all that Yorkshire has to offer? Never fear. There are so many trips you can take to escape uni life for the day and spend some down time with friends – here are just a few possibilities:


  • York

If you’re looking to get out of Leeds for the day, York should definitely be on your list – and it’s just a 25-minute train journey away. Founded by the ancient Romans, York has a much more historical feel to it than Leeds. Popular sites include York Minster, the city walls and York castle, not to mention the cute and quirky streets of the Shambles which are a must-see.

If you happen to find yourself visiting York in December, you may stumble upon Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland. This includes an outdoor skating rink centred round a large Christmas tree, among other festivities.

  • Harrogate

Did you go to Betty’s? This will be the first question you’ll get asked when you tell someone you’ve been to Harrogate. But, even if you don’t want to pay for those pricey scones in the cafe, be sure to pay a visit to the bakery anyway – you may find yourself walking away with some cheeky fat rascals for the train ride home.

Whether you decide to visit the Pump Room Museum or just go shopping in the Victoria Shopping Centre, Harrogate always makes for a fun day out.

  • Malham Cove

If you want to try something a little more adventurous, Malham Cove is a great day trip. The only down side is that you will need a car to get here, so maybe save this one for when family or friends come and visit with their car.

Malham Cove, situated in the Yorkshire Dales, has some stunning views of the countryside and it can provide a welcome break from the busy city life of Leeds. And you may even recognise some of the scenery there – the Harry Potter crew chose the Limestone Pavement at the top of Malham Cove to feature in the seventh film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.



Emma Prentice