From secret gardens to tasty curry houses and historic cemeteries, there are plenty of secret spots waiting to be discovered in Leeds.
No matter how much you know about Leeds, there’s always something around the corner that’s waiting to reveal its brilliance. Whether it’s amazing gardens tucked away from view or historic graveyards that have more to explore than you might expect, it’s well worth you seeking out these cool secret spots.
Tasty’s Karahi Restaurant
From the outside, you could be forgiven for believing that Tasty’s Karahi is just another run of the mill Indian restaurant. That is until you get in there and are greeted by a sweet little restaurant that more than packs a punch with it’s Asian cuisine. Pick from the likes of their dopiaza or dhansak dishes, or perhaps try out their special chicken keema to find out what all the fuss is about.
Tasty’s Karahi Restaurant, 138 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, LS8 5NA.
A cemetery is perhaps not your usual spot for hanging out, but Holbeck Cemetery is worth a visit. It’s one of the most unique green spaces in the city, and as it rests on top of a hill, you can look out over Leeds and many of its suburbs. Throw into the mix its historical importance as the resting place of some of the most important people in Leeds’ history, and the site of the city’s oldest house, Cad Beeston, and it’s fair to say there’s plenty to see, do and learn here.
Holbeck Cemetery, Fairfax Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8SY.
While many folk may have come across the likes of Park Square and Queen Square, there’s another stunning Victorian square just minutes away from the city centre. Blenheim Square is snuck away just behind Broadcasting Place and offers a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle nearby, with trees and plenty of greenery to take in that not many people know about.
Blenheim Square, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9AR.
St George’s Fields
There’s something about old cemeteries that have been repurposed for the modern day that has us intrigued. St George’s Fields is part of the University of Leeds campus now, but was once known as Woodhouse Cemetery, the resting place of famous locals like circus proprietor Pablo Fanque and artist Atkinson Grimshaw. Headstones were removed in the sixties though and grass laid over, to create a unique, landscaped green area that’s well worth a visit.
St George’s Fields, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9EN.
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