Leeds is a wildly underrated city, but it's chock-full of artistry and entertainment.
Start by exploring Kirkgate Market, known for its endless stalls and Instagram-worthy street art. If you're truly dedicated to the visual arts, don't miss the floor-to-ceiling mosaic work of Tiled Hall Cafe at Leeds Art Gallery either.
For a bit of quiet reflection, visit Kirkstall Abbey, the site of a 12th-century Cicerian monastery — it's a gorgeous space for walking through ruins or enjoying a picnic and a good book. Once the sun sets, head to Granary Wharf and pump the energy levels back up with some libations and live music at Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen.
To cap it all off, Leeds is also home to — you guessed it! — the Donkey Sanctuary (what's that? You didn't guess?), where it's been supporting these adorable creatures for more than 50 years, if you'd like to pay those fellas a visit, too.