From morning coffees to lunchtime rambles, find out what you’re missing at Leeds Dock.
Next time adventure calls, check out Leeds Dock. Nestled on the waterfront, just minutes from the city centre, it’s got more than a few surprises up its sleeve. Think top-notch restaurants, riverside drinking dens and celebrated museums, to name but a few. Throw in a bunch of bonus extras, like that nifty water taxi, and you may just have found your new favourite hang-out.
1. The Royal Armouries Museum
You’ve probably heard of this whopping great museum, after all, it’s got one of the biggest collections of arms and armour in the world, but when was the last time you visited the Royal Armouries? Bookmark an afternoon to lose yourself in five floors of displays, each showcasing incredible weapons and defences, from medieval warfare to hunting through the ages.
The full-blown elephant armour is a must-see, while special sword-fighting demonstrations get pulses raised even higher. Oh, and don’t forget to try your hand at the crossbow range at the top of the museum. Yes, you can shoot it and everything! The museum is totally free to enter, which means you can save your pennies for their gift shop, where they have everything from cuddly elephants to Storm Trooper mugs.
Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1LT.
2. North Star Coffee Shop and Nova Bakehouse
When it comes to amazing independents, Leeds paves the way, but if a first-rate cuppa Joe is what gets your juices flowing, don’t miss a visit to the North Star Coffee Shop. Their award-winning beans can be found in many of the city’s best coffee bars, but their home at Leeds Dock is the epicentre of brilliant brews.
North Star started out as a roastery but soon added a cafe, a general store shop and coffee academy, so now you can get fresher than fresh batches of beautiful coffee, straight from the roaster to your cup. And once you’re suitably caffeinated, it’s time to turn your attention to the delectable food menu. Their neighbours, Nova Bakehouse, churn out a never-ending supply of pastries, cakes and country loaves, ready to be scoffed. Trust us, they’re the perfect partner to your java.
The North Star Coffee Shop & General Store, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ.
3. The Water Taxi
Whatever day of the week you choose to visit, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to meet two of Leeds Dock’s hardest working residents. Their names? Twee and Drie. Their game? Opening up the best of Leeds by carrying passengers back and forth on the waterways between Granary Wharf (right behind Leeds Train Station) and Leeds Dock.
Yep, these two Dutch water taxis couldn’t make your life much easier. For the princely sum of £1, you can hop on board for a 10-minute venture down the River Aire, straight to the heart of Leeds Dock. It’s ideal for families too, as under 5s go free. In a rush? Twee and Drie run every 15 minutes and you can track them online, meaning party-goers, office workers and culture vultures can plan their next adventure with ease.
You can board the Water Taxi from Granary Wharf and Leeds Dock.
Looking for a restaurant that will have you drooling the second you walk through the door? Mumtaz is the one for you. Not only will you get a stellar view across the river, but the decor is equally impressive – it’s all high ceilings, full-length windows and glittering chandeliers. Still don’t believe us? There’s a selfie corner for diners who really value a picture-perfect meal out.
But it’s not just the furnishings that are worth writing home about. The traditional Kashmiri cuisine is mouth-wateringly good, and you have the freedom to create your own curry from any of the ingredients on the menu, which is great for finicky and adventurous eaters alike. Freestyle feasting on the waterfront? Sign us up.
Mumtaz Leeds, 1-2 Mackenzie House, Chadwick Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PJ.
5. Yoga Hero
Like to follow a good gorging with something a little more virtuous? Enter Yoga Hero, Leeds Dock’s answer to feeling fit, fabulous and full of zen. There are no airs and graces here. Instead, you’ll walk into a simple, beautiful yoga studio that offers an array of classes at all times of the day. Each one has a single goal in mind – to help you unwind.
Whether you want to kick things off with a beginners’ class, have a mid-week power lesson or try a speedy session to turbocharge your lunch break, you can do it all. It’s easy peasy to join too. You can just turn up and drop in, all the equipment is provided and you can even salute the sun with outdoor yoga classes when the weather is fine. Of course, you could just sneak in for a cheeky massage. We won’t tell.
Yoga Hero, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ.
6. Primal Gym
Ever been tempted to join a gym but not been sure where to start? You’re not alone, which is why Primal Gym has replaced the endless rows of soulless fitness machines with something a little more personal. Pop along for a chat with their lovely coaches, tell them what you want to achieve and you’ll soon have your very own plan of action in place.
One thing’s for sure, you’ll never be bored. Swing on monkey bars, jump hurdles, have a jab at boxing or muscle up for powerlifting. There’s loads of creative equipment for you to use, and you can tackle it solo, as part of a one-to-one session, or make things a more interesting with the huge array of expert-led classes. They’re unlimited for members, so the options only end when your energy does. Feel the burn.
Primal Gym, 4 The Boulevard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ.
7. Dock 29
After all that exercise you probably deserve a drink, so get yourself to Dock 29, stat. Nestled right on the water’s edge, this newly refurbished bar and restaurant takes full advantage of its enviable location. When the sun is shining, make the most of it with a craft beer in hand, overlooking over the water from the canal-side beer garden.
The inside is pretty epic too. Where else in Leeds can you sip cocktails under a big ol’ aircraft suspended from the ceiling? The generous three-hour Happy Hour that takes place every weekday is arguably the best time to soak in the quirky surroundings. Swing by after a hard day’s work to kick back with bargain booze, Mediterranean mezze platters and enough board games to keep arguments over Connect Four going long into the evening.
Dock 29, The Boulevard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ.