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Open-top sightseeing buses in Leeds: what do you think?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Leeds Forum, May 21, 2010.

  1. Leeds Forum

    Leeds Forum For Everything Leeds Staff Member

    Spotted this story on Google, here's the summary: Tourism chiefs are hoping that new sightseeing bus will help boost the local economy. The double-decker bus will "offer a 'hop on, hop off' sightseeing service across a five-mile route through Leeds. The route will take in such sights as Millennium Square, the Corn Exchange and the Victoria Quarter."

    Do you reckon they're on to a good thing with this?!
     
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  3. mitb01

    mitb01 New Member

    Idea is good, and it is only a trial till September. They should reintroduce it for the Christmas Lights though.
     
  4. joebaxi

    joebaxi New Member

    Should be good.Leeds is probably one of the few cities in england with plenty of history still remaining.Bit steep though at £7:50 a pop especially when it is confined to just the city centre with such as kirkstall abbey only 5 minutes up the road
     
  5. LoveLeedsMore

    LoveLeedsMore New Member

    There's 50% off all Leeds Sightseeing Bus Tours during June, and your bus ticket comes with a free boat cruise ticket. A nice activity for the family on a sunny day like this!
     
  6. Leeds Forum

    Leeds Forum For Everything Leeds Staff Member

    Hi LLM, do you have a link? Send me a PM (click on my name next to this posting) and I'll add it to you posting for you :)
     
  7. Fattysplash

    Fattysplash New Member

    There's very little information to be found about this bus tour. I 'phoned a contact number I found and he couldn't tell me the times of the buses or even where they stop. I intended to take my four year old daughter on it but the prospect of waiting for a bus, maybe in the wrong place, and not knowing when to expect it, didn't seem that appealing.
     
  8. LoveLeedsMore

    LoveLeedsMore New Member

    Hi there, Here is the information from Yorkshire.com - hope it helps

    Timetable:

    6 full tours daily.

    DEPARTURES

    1 Royal Armouries
    09:30
    10:30
    11:30
    13:15
    14:30
    15:45
    17:00

    2 Crown Point Road
    09:35
    10:35
    11:35
    13:20
    14:35
    15:50
    17:05

    3 Boar Lane
    09:40
    10:40
    11:40
    13:25
    14:40
    15:55
    17:10

    4 Railway Station
    09:42
    10:42
    11:42
    13:27
    14:42
    15:57
    17:12

    5 Millennium Square
    09:50
    10:50
    11:50
    13:35
    14:50
    16:05
    -

    6 University
    09:55
    10:55
    11:55
    13:40
    14:55
    16:10
    -

    7 Woodhouse Lane
    09:57
    10:57
    11:57
    13:42
    14:57
    16:12
    -

    8 The Light
    10:01
    11:01
    12:01
    13:46
    15:01
    16:16
    -

    9 City Square
    10:10
    11:10
    12:10
    13:55
    15:10
    16:25
    -

    10 Boar Lane
    10:12
    11:12
    12:12
    13:57
    15:12
    16:27
    -

    11 Victoria Quarter
    10:17
    11:17
    12:17
    14:02
    15:17
    16:32
    -

    12 WY Playhouse
    10:20
    11:20
    12:20
    14:05
    15:20
    16:35
    -

    You can buy your tickets onboard the bus or from the Leeds Visitor Centre, tickets valid 24 hours.
     
  9. Fattysplash

    Fattysplash New Member

    Wow! That's great, thanks! ;)
     
  10. DaFoot

    DaFoot Member

    I see the bus(es) go past the office everyday...rarely anyone on them :(
    Having said that, not sure what there is in Leeds that warrants an open top tour!
     
  11. medusa

    medusa Gorgon

    It is something that I've always wondered about in this country. We just don't have the sort of weather that merits open topped buses IMO, even if there is something nice to look at whilst getting wet.
     
  12. Fattysplash

    Fattysplash New Member

    Well, I took the plunge this morning, and persuaded my four year old to accompany me on the Leeds open-top bus tour! The weather was perfect, & we really enjoyed it. There's a quite annoying recorded, running commentary all the way around, but I suppose that is a necessary evil. I did learn a few things from the commentary too. We stopped off at the Royal Armouries and got on the next bus, an hour later. We got on the first bus on the way there & had it almost to ourselves, which was great, the later bus was very busy though & seats 'up top' were in short supply. Not sure I'd have been so happy if I'd paid the full price though, £10 + for just the two of us does seem a bit steep, the £5.50 I paid this morning seemed fair.
     
  13. LoveLeedsMore

    LoveLeedsMore New Member

    Great to hear you and your daughter enjoyed your trip on the bus Fattysplash.

    For some people, listening to the commentary is the main draw, for some it's more about a fun way to get from attraction to attraction.

    Like you say, it was lovely weather for it!
     

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