York, The Yorkshire Dales and the East Coast are in easy reach of Leeds. Excellent rail connections enable visitors to make day trips from Leeds by train. Here are just a few ideas for a day out without a car:
Take an Open Top Bus along Scarborough Promenade
Scarborough is the largest seaside resort on the Yorkshire Coast. Enjoy the sandy beaches of the North and South Bays. Take an open top bus from the Spa along the Marine Drive to Peasholme Park. The park has rowing boats, re-enacts naval battles on the lake and in the terminus for the North Bay miniature railway. The promenade has attractions traditionally associated with the seaside including, a funfair, amusements, ice cream parlours and fish and chip restaurants.
Trains to Scarborough run every hour from Leeds; the journey takes 1 hour 18 minutes.
Hull has Eight Free Museums in the City Centre
Hull is a thriving city with three city centre shopping malls and an historic old town. Shoppers will head for St Stephen’s, next to the station, or Princes Quay. At the bottom of Whitefriargate, just past Princes Quay, is the Old Town packed with places to eat and drink and the redeveloped Marina. There are eight museums in Hull city centre offering free admission and The Deep (which has an admission charge) is one of Europe’s top aquariums with over 3500 exhibits, including sharks and rays. The train journey into Hull offers spectacular views of the Humber Bridge.
Trains to Hull run every hour from Leeds; the journey takes 56 minutes.
Visit York Minster and The National Railway Museum
Visitors to York are greeted with a sense of the city’s history on leaving the station. The Roman walls, which encircle the city, pass the station entrance. York Minister and the National Railway Museum are both about 10 minute’s walk from the station and a Road Train runs every 30 minutes between the two. Most of York’s many other attractions are in walking distance of the Minster including The Shambles, Jorvik Viking Museum, Castle Museum and Clifford’s Tower.
There are 5 trains an hour to York from Leeds; the journey takes between 23 and 40 minutes.
Skipton is the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales
Skipton is a thriving market town at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Skipton Castle, has a history covering 900 years, and was besieged in the Civil War. Along the main street, Skipton Market is open four days a week selling fresh food, clothes and other household items. The market is so highly regarded that it was voted “Best in Yorkshire. The Leeds – Liverpool Canal passes through Skipton and is popular with boating enthusiasts and walkers.
Trains to Skipton leave every 30 minutes from Leeds. The journey time is 45 minutes.
Other Ideas for a Day Out from Leeds
There are plenty more attractions in easy reach of Leeds by train including:
- National Media Museum Bradford
- Eureka! Children’s Museum Halifax (next to station)
- The Victorian village of Saltaire
- Meadowhall Shopping Centre Sheffield
- Mother Shipton’s Cave at Knaresborough
For more ideas 100 Days Out in Yorkshire
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