Relaxing on a train ride from Cardiff Central to Leeds is the ideal way to make this four and a quarter hour journey.

Watch some of the UK’s most glorious countryside fly by, while you catch up on work, social media or the latest soap gossip via the free Wifi, and why not decide what to see in this vibrant Northern city. In the county of West Yorkshire, Leeds is the hub of the North with London lying approximately 170 miles south. Served by five universities, possessing a uniquely diverse economy, and has a population of nearly 3 million, Leeds is the ideal destination for a day trip on your own, or a family fun adventure, however, if you wish to stay for longer, there are numerous attractions and things to do.

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Renowned for playing a crucial role in England’s industrial past, Leeds is synonymous with innovation and legendary inventions, such as the Blackburn Monoplane, Spirograph and the Scootacar. Head for the Industrial Museum for these and so many more great ideas that have been given to the world by Leeds. With interactive displays and technology designed to aid you in creating your big invention, it’s the perfect place to let kid’s imaginations run free. The Leeds City Museum is another inspirational attraction. Home to collections from around the globe and throughout history, there’s something to please everyone. 

In need of an adrenaline fix? The Sailing and Activity Centre is excellent fun for water lovers, and offers a wide range of exciting adventures. Activities include archery and bushcraft, kayaking and abseiling, powerboating and sailing - and loads more. Luckily there’s a cafe on site so you can recover with cake before the next experience.

For retail lovers, Leeds offers something special. Not only are all the high street big names here, but many showcase products that are exclusive to Leeds. From cosmetics and fragrances, to designer clothes and footwear, many brands and designs are not available to the London shopper. Head for Briggate, and the Corn Exchange, however, if you’re after something a little more unusual. Known for their boutiques full of handmade crafts and one-offs, it’s easy to get carried away and end up with bags full of gorgeous delights. 

Whilst in the Corn Exchange, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and chic cafes, before catching a show. Leeds has a wide choice of theatres, cinemas and live venues, including the Town Hall, all with busy year-round programmes featuring classic plays, opera, contemporary dance and more - the perfect end to the perfect day.  

Catch the train home to Cardiff, and start planning your next trip via our downloadable mobile app. Our discounted tickets allow you to save money on your journey, giving you more to enjoy in Leeds. 

Trains to Leeds