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Where to take friends and family when they visit


Your folks / siblings / aunties / uncles / boyfriends / girlfriends are in town. Once you’ve chucked out the pizza boxes, bribed your housemate to help clean the kitchen and changed your bedding for the first time in a month, where do you take them to show them what a great city you’re now living and studying in?

We’ve come up with the ideal itinerary, so all you have to do is focus on The Big Tidy Up.

Brunch at Shears Yard

Sykes House Farm Rib Eye Steak with Fried Duck Eggs? Sautéed Potatoes and Henderson’s Relish Aioli? This is no greasy spoon, and your visitors will thank you for it.


Shopping in Victoria Gate

You might even be able to swing a few treats from John Lewis if you’re lucky.

“Its collection of 20th-century British Art is recognised by the British government as a collection of national importance, mum.” Take in the vast collections of paintings and sculptures, before a coffee and cake in the gorgeous Tiled Café.

A stroll around Roundhay Park

Show them how you’re keeping fit and well in the great outdoors with a walk round a choice of two lakes, woodlands and specialist gardens (before a quick pint at the Roundhay Fox).

Dinner at Salvo's

It’s a Leeds institution, and when it comes to proper Italian food, it doesn’t get much better than this Headingley restaurant. And if you're not paying, you can fill your boots.


A drive out to the countryside

10 minutes from the city centre and you can be at Harewood House, one of the Treasure Houses of England set in glorious acres of gardens. 25 minutes and you’re at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, one of the most celebrated outdoor museums in the UK.

You’ve a long list of impressive green places and spaces to make your parents feel proud. Pack them off with fresh Yorkshire air in their lungs (and maybe a bag of your dirty washing).

Harewood Gardens

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