Whether you’re venturing out to discover new places, or you’re commuting around the area you have lived in for your whole life, often, travelling by bus can introduce you to some of the hidden gems dotted around that may have otherwise gone undiscovered.
Along this journey from the historical market town of Morley to the City Centre, we begin in the place that once remained quiet and neglected, has surged into a beautiful thriving town filled with new independents and businesses from Morley Market to Morley Bottoms. Connecting the neighbouring suburbs to the bustling city is what First Buses are for, and the number 52 is ideal for those of you wanting to explore and discover some hidden gems of your own.
Bus stop: Morley Town Hall B
Morley Town Hall – Central icon for the historic town is Morley Town Hall, a grade I listed building that officially opened in 1895. Still retaining the majority of its original features, including the Victorian Concert Hall, all contribute to why it is chosen as a regular, local filming location for the likes of Emmerdale and Heartbeat. As well as simply looking amazing, the hall is known to host an array of events throughout the year, including Christmas and Halloween.
68 Queen St, Morley, Leeds LS27 9BP
Caffe Moments – Established in 2013, Caffe Moments on Queen Street has become the busy coffee shop in the town centre. Serving everything from high quality coffee, tasty home cooked food, cakes and scones, they’re the perfect place for a quick stop before work or for a tasty lunch in between. Their shop is even available for private hire, for those wanting to hold their birthdays, baby showers, hen parties or any other celebration for homemade afternoon tea.
Morley, Leeds LS27 8DX
Morley Market – One of Leeds’ only indoor markets, Morley, is situated in the centre of the town, home to a variety of 60 stalls and independent businesses including fashion, bakery, deli counters and anything else you may need. You’ll find some of the most diverse outlets within Morley Market, as well as specialist services in repairs, hair or beauty, and traditional butchers.
Queen St, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DS
Compassionate Kitchen – Based within Morley Market at Unit 73, Compassionate Kitchen is a mother and daughter run business. Their 100% plant based bakery and coffee shop specialises in small batch bakes, cupcakes and cookies, available in store and delivery across the UK, all wrapped up in eco-friendly packaging.
Morley Indoor Market Hall, 41 Commercial St, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DS
Bus stop: Leeds United Stadium
The Old Peacock – Admired alehouse across from Elland Road has become well-liked by the fans of Leeds United. An iconic pub with a unique history, hosts a comfortable and friendly bar environment, extensive beer garden and large screens across the pub. One of the most celebrated pubs in Leeds, go and experience a Leeds United matchday like no other.
251 Elland Rd, Beeston, Leeds LS11 8TU
Elland Road – Elland Road football stadium has been the home for Premier League team Leeds United since they first formed back in 1919. Being the 14th largest stadium in England and a capacity of more than 35,000, the passionate fans fill up the stands of every match without fail. Legendary monument, the Billy Bremner statue, is now surrounded by plaques dedicated to adoring fans through personalised stones.
Elland Rd, Beeston, Leeds LS11 0ES
Bus stop: Southbank A
Riveresque Cafe – Riverside cafe on Bridge End serves full English breakfasts, sandwiches, paninis and snacks which are perfect for a morning bite or a peaceful lunch looking over the river.
15 Bridge End, Leeds LS1 7HG
Roland’s – Laidback bar on the busy and bustling street of Call Lane, serves up an exceptional menu of drinks, great music and great vibes. As well as outdoor and indoor seating, they have a beer yard and hidden roof terrace creates the perfect sanctuary for an evening (or day) of drinking and good times.
39 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7BT
Corn Exchange – Living and lively landmark, Leeds Corn Exchange, has become a haven of creativity and independents. The Leeds Corn Exchange opened in 1864, and are infamously recognised as the space that supports thriving creatives, curators and craftspeople going against the mainstream and fuelling the shopping habits of every generation.
Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7BR