Parts of Leeds waterfront were once almost derelict. Now regenerated with vibrant waterside cafés and bars, a world-class museum, art galleries and public art, it’s a great place to visit. New Dock, on the Aire & Calder Navigation, was once a vast complex of store yards and warehouses busy offloading coal and goods from the barges that plied this wide canal. It was a nerve centre providing a vital cross-Pennine link from Liverpool to the North Sea.
Address: The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ
Visit time: 3 hours +
Price: Once you've parked up you can enjoy a walk around the waterfront for free
Parking: There are many pay and display car parks around the waterfront, including The Tetley and Royal Armouries.
Toilets: The Royal Armouries, The Tetley and in the many pubs, restaurants and cafes.
Beyond the waterside, Leeds' striking Victorian centre is compact and within easy walking distance.
Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, The Tetley, New Dock, Granary Wharf, Brewery Wharf and many bars, pubs, restaurants and shops.
Further afield you will find Thwaite Mills and Woodlesford.
A good place to spot boats, especially in the summer months.
The unique art of Kashmiri cooking immersed in the breathtaking setting of the North.
Yum Yum is a lively and welcoming coffee shop and deli offering good quality, fresh, tasty, value for money fare.
Thai restaurant close to train station
Traditional real ale house
Bar and grill
Boat trips - public, Boat trips - charter, Boat trips - education / community
There are several picnic benches around the waterfront; alongside the River Aire at the top of New Dock and alongside the canal at Granary Wharf.
Part of this long distance coast to coast trail starts at the Royal Armouries and heads out of Leeds though Woodlesford and onto Chesterfield.
You may see:
The best place to see a lot of the birds is near the weir opposite the Royal Armouries