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Leeds/Roundhay

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Roundhay is an affluent and attractive district of North Leeds, famous for the beautiful Roundhay Park. The area is centered on the main thoroughfare of Street Lane, which curves round to become Princes Avenue, which runs through the park to Oakwood.

Get in[edit]

Roundhay is several miles north of Leeds city centre, and is connected by the no 2 bus along Street Lane (the service also runs through trendy Chapel Allerton) and the no 12 to Princes Avenue via Oakwood (as well as other services).

See[edit][add listing]

There aren't many specific sights per say in Roundhay but it is an attractive area to wander round with its gracious Victorian villas and terraces, and of course the extensive Roundhay Park, the largest urban park in the UK, with its many attractions (see below).

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Roundhay Park [3] is the area's premier attraction. Delightful in all seasons, this massive park provides a respite from city life (or a busy trip of shopping, sightseeing and drinking!) and the surroundings couldn't be more beautiful. Two large lakes, extensive woodlands, formal gardens, lawns, golf courses...In winter the grass is crisp and the atmosphere ethereal, in spring it comes to life in glorious technicolour, in summer the park is full of sunbathers, children playing and various events, and autumn sees the parks leaves turn hues of red, brown and gold. If you have an hour or two, you will not be disappointed.
  • Canal Gardens, essentially an extension of the park across Princes Avenue, are formal gardens divided up into sections, the principal one surrounding the 'canal.' There are extensive rose gardens and the gardens are especially picturesque in the colours of spring.
  • Tropical World [4], situated across Princes Avenue from Roundhay Park, this is a must-do for children (and a pleasure for people of all ages). Technically a 'menagerie' (there are no lions or elephants here), Tropical World is organised into several zones within which exist eco-systems from around the world: jungle, desert, underwater, nocturnal... There is an extensive collection of tropical fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, etc to please the family, as well as some very cute lemurs and monkeys outside.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Compared to central Leeds, Roundhay is not a shopper's paradise, however the shops of Street Lane and Oakwood offer a range of boutiques and interesting smaller shops as well as a few chains and local amenities

  • Bang and Olufsen - stylish electrical goods in the Street Lane branch (now closed and replaced by Starbucks) New bang and olufsen opening in Oakwood parade in 2014
  • Oakwood Tailors [5] - top quality bespoke tailoring
  • Keith Shepherd is one of Leeds' leading independent shoe shops (Street Lane)
  • Share [6] - exclusive and elegant jewellers
  • Room7 [7] - fantastic pick of high fashion in this lovely boutique

Lots of great charity shops including st Gemma' s hospice and st Georges crypt which sell great books and vintage clothers. Knickerbocker shakes in Oakwood has a great variety of retro sweets and gifts With love in Oakwood has a great range of gifts and jewellery

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are a number of quality restaurants in Roundhay (Street Lane), and in the neighbouring district of Oakwood.

  • The Flying Pizza[8] is a local institution and the area's most famous restaurant, with high-quality Italian cuisine.
  • Pizza Express [9] There is a branch of this chain restaurant on Street Lane.
  • A lovely café sits on Waterloo Lake in Roundhay Park, offering a range of lighter meals and treats
  • Park Lane Restaurant[10] Elegant restaurant that exudes old world class and offers fine dining with views over the park
  • Ricos - popular family run restaurant in Oakwood call:0113 2959697 Su-Th bookings taken
  • Haley & Clifford, 43 Street Lane, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 1AP, 0113 2370334, [1]. Haley & Clifford is an innovative deli selling the very best of Yorkshire produce as well as exciting ingredients from around the world. These include a comprehensive range of local cheeses, local artisan baked bread, jams, chutneys, condiments & oils, delicious local cakes & chocolates, and award winning fish & meats smoked in Yorkshire. Haley & Clifford make fresh soups and salads daily as well as handmade sandwiches and meals to take away. The deli also offers an outside catering service and hampers made to order.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Street Lane is increasingly growing as a drinking area. There are several traditional pubs in Roundhay as well as upscale new bars on Street Lane.

  • The Roundhay Fox on Princes Avenue is a traditional country-style pub par excellence with bucketloads of charm
  • Streets of Leeds is a famous local pub on Street Lane
  • The Dear Park on Street Lane, a chain pub, with a nice atmosphere, plenty of seating and pretty good food for a reasonable price as well as friendly bar tenders, a fairly good selection of drinks and an outside seating area.
  • @home Bar, 90 Street Lane ,Roundhay,Leeds LS8 2AL, 0113 2688080. 17.00 to23.55. North Leeds popular Bar Roundhay,nice atmosphere showing all major sporting events with outside seating area
  • Curry Lounge, 90 Street Lane,Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2AL, 01132688080, [2]. 17.00 to 23.55. North Leeds Indian Restaurant situated in the heart of Roundhay serving popular Indian dishes

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Accommodation options are limited in Roundhay, but as it is easily accessible from central Leeds, the many hotels in the city centre are fine as bases from which to visit the area.

  • Beechwood Hotel [11] is perhaps Roundhay's most well-known hotel

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