Once more, one thing led to another and we embarked on Euro Trip 3.0 this March. The best thing this time though was that my cousin was there to help plan our itinerary and so we encountered several happy surprises. We visited places that we wouldn’t have, had we been on our own. So let me first share some experiences from Leeds and Harrogate where we spent the first few days. It might give you some ideas if you plan a trip to England.
Right from the day we landed, we were on the go. As we were spending sometime with my cousin in Leeds, we got an opportunity to visit a few places around. I was actually quite surprised by the charm in central Leeds. The area almost seems like a movie set with several old buildings beautifully preserved alongside more modern structures. It’s so well done that things don’t seem out of place at all. I loved the Leeds Kirkgate Market, construction of which had started in 1875. This is still a market primarily selling food products with a few eateries, a florist and some other stalls.
The next best thing was the Corn Exchange where grains were traded in the mid 1800s. The building has now been converted into a shopping center with boutique stores and a cafe.
One of the days, we ventured to the outskirts and visited the Harewood House. This is a country home with acres of landscaped gardens, constructed by a wealthy plantation owner in the 1700s. It’s still home to the same family and is open to public.
From Harewood House, we made our way to a nearby small town called Harrogate popular for its spas. For our first time in England all these towns and neighborhoods were simply amazing and an altogether different world. For the most part in UK, it felt like stepping back into medieval times really.
We enjoyed an extremely satiating English afternoon tea experience at this place called Betty’s Cafe Tea Rooms (scones and clotted cream … woot!) and then took a stroll in one of their beautiful public gardens, I think this was in Harlow.
We were surprised to discover the several museums in Leeds most notably the Royal Armories Museum amongst others, a few shopping malls and decent food and drinks options.
If you are around Manchester or York and looking for something to do, a half to one day trip to Leeds won’t be such a bad idea.
More on the UK trip in upcoming posts. I have a lot to share!