Get to know the sights of Wetherby and Boston Spa with our rundown of the perfect day out from North Leeds.
Wetherby and Boston Spa are two vibrant towns drawing day-trippers from many a mile, including the local area.
Boston Spa sits on the River Wharfe and is known for its characteristic Georgian architecture. Despite being classed as a village, it has plenty of attractions that make it well worth spending the morning there including chic boutiques, fresh flowers and home interiors.
After a morning of shopping, why not stop in for a quick lunch at Southern Italian restaurant Da Carlo Trattoria! Da Carlo offers home cooked dishes and a warm welcome to revive you after a busy morning.
Menu highlights include the fillet of seabass served with asparagus and lemons or the tomato, rocket, buffalo mozzarella, olive, pesto, and artichoke ciabatta sandwich.
After a restorative lunch it’s time to head over to Wetherby for the afternoon. This picturesque town has a tonne of attractions to draw in visitors, with many a boutique and quirky shop.
Of course, no trip to Wetherby is complete without a tour of its famous pubs.
Wetherby used to be an important staging post where travellers would stop halfway on the journey between London and Edinburgh, meaning its pubs have been drawing visitors for centuries. In fact there is a brewery on hand, Bosun’s at Sandbeck has some excellent beers being canned and a taproom on a weekend to visit. Kicking back with a pint in here is the perfect end to a busy day checking out all the attractions Wetherby and Boston Spa have to offer.
The town’s well-known historic attractions are ideal to extend your day through the evening. The racecourse is sited on land previously owned by The Montagu family of Ingmanthorpe Hall, the large Georgian house you can see from the course today. The land was rented to the race committee and the first meeting was held on 30th March 1891. For over a century, racegoers have experienced steeplechases, sprints, and handicap races and will hopefully continue to do so for years to come. Check out the evening meetings this month.
If horse racing isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps consider heading to Wetherby’s very own independent cinema. Though it may be small, containing only two screens, it’s just as comfortable as watching a movie at home as the venue has forgone the usual cinema seats in lieu of cosy armchairs to chill out in. You can catch all the latest releases as well as some more avant garde cinema, so there’s something available to suit every taste.