The first time I visited England was over a year ago but it was one of the most memorable trips ever. It was a really spontaneous trip after graduating school. Back then I didn’t know I was visiting my new home and I fell in love with this amazing country. Some of you might or might not know that I moved to England a few months later. I have been living there for almost a year now and moving there was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I will probably write a blog post about my life in England a little bit later.
So, I was a senior in high school more than a year ago and I had my final exams in June. These exams are usually really stressful for most of us because we want to graduate and continue our studies in universities or colleges. Because of it me and my cousin decided to go on holiday right after our exams. Since we were students and didn’t have much money, we had to find a pretty cheap destination. Then we saw some really cheap flights from Lithuania to England and we both have never been there, so we booked our holiday right away. Since I really like travelling, I didn’t want to spend all of that time in London. I booked some train tickets to Manchester and Leeds.
Our journey started in London. We were so lucky that the weather was pretty good all the time. It would rain for like 2 hours a day which is not that bad in London. The only thing I regret before going to London is booking the hotel so far from the city centre. We would have to walk about an hour every day just to get to the city centre every day and do the same every evening when we go back. After that trip I always try to find a hotel/apartment which is not so far from the city centre.
We decided to go on bus tour and I think it is the best way to see everything in London. It would take so much time and energy to see everything just by walking since London is a really big city. I love bus tours because you can hop off and on whenever you want, they come every 15 minutes and they have a tour guide. We only paid 20 pounds for 2 days bus tour which also included a boat trip in River Thames. Both these tours were enjoyable and 2 days were enough to see everything in London. Like Big Ben, London Eye, Tower of London, Trafalgar square, Oxford street Buckingham palace etc. (You can see all the places I visited from my pictures). I also really enjoyed China Town since I am a big fan of Asian culture. Bought so many Chinese and Japanese snacks and makeup. Of course, I had to get some bubble tea from there.
Our next stop was Manchester. We only had one day there but we tried to see as much as possible. The first places we went to were Manchester Town hall and Manchester cathedral because I guess these are the most popular landmarks in Manchester. I really loved the architecture there. After that me and my cousin got some coffee at Albert square. We couldn’t walk too much because it was raining all day so were constantly looking for places where we could hide from the rain. At the end of the day we traveled to Leeds.
We spent about 3 days in Leeds and it only took us 1 day to see everything there so we were just relaxing for the rest of those days. We went to places like Civic Quarter, Headrow and Brigitte, Leeds university, Leeds-Liverpool Canal etc. After seeing all those landmarks, we went to the cinema and shopping. After those 3 days we got a train from Leeds to London. We had a flight to Germany where we continued our trip. I am going to write another post about my holiday in Germany.
Thank you for reading! I forgot to take my camera on this trip, so all pictures are taken with my phone. Sorry for bad quality. I hope you will enjoy .
55 thoughts on “London, Manchester, Leeds”
Great post Akvile. Pictures all look great even though not taken with the camera
Thank you !
Hi Akviilee, really great to read about your travels in England. Your experience of the weather in Manchester seems fairly typical, I’ve been there three times and every time it’s been pelting down! Now you are living in Newcastle, have you travelled more around England and Scotland since?
Heyy, thank you for reading! And yea I’ve already been to Sunderland, Coventry, Birmingham, Glasgow and some other small cities. I will probably write a blog post about them. 🙂
I really recommend York – about an hour from Newcastle on the train, and such a beautiful city. Great pubs too! I went to uni there though so maybe I’m biased…
Yea, York is on my list! I had a flatmate from York last year, so I heard so many nice things about that city!
Aww I want to visit so badly! 🙂
It’s really amazing, you should go there one day 😊💜
Great post, looks like a wonderful trip 🙂
Thank you so much !
Great post and awesome photos. May I ask what kind of camera you used?
Thank you! I forgot my camera on this trip so most of these pictures are taken with my iPhone 6s. The camera I use is canon 1100d
Wow, That is a pretty spontanious move you made I must say. I think that is really admirable though to just pick up your things and take a chance on uncertaintly. Life is all abouts risks and challenges and that is exactly what you did🙂
Awww thank you so much 😊
Your photos are really lovely. The one of you leaning over the bridge with the ferris wheel in the background seems like a comforting magical moment.
Aww thank you so much !
Love the pics!
So are you living in London now? Looks like you guys had a blast!
Yes we did! And no, I live in Newcastle now 🙂
Awesome shot! Willl love to go manchester and Leeds!
Thank You! You definitely should !
thanks for following my roadtrip blog too — your pix are so cute
Thank you !
Looks like you are having a ball! Thanks for being one of my very first likes. This is certainly a page I want to follow. #fashion and #Travel….my middle name. 🙂
Aww thank you so much! 😊
I live in London and have lived in Leeds before they are both amazing 🙌👌 need to explore Manchester!
I love all of those cities 💜
Thanks for the like. Love your blog, will take a while to enjoy reading all your posts.
Thank You !
Nice post and photos. Cities are great, but the countryside is cool too. From Leeds you could have gone to the dales (e.g. Harry Potter filming location) or east coast. From Newcastle I recommend http://www.bamburghcastle.com/ and https://www.lindisfarne.org.uk/, or farther south Whitby and villages around it, such as Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay. Edinburgh is also an amazing looking city not too far from Newcastle. Happy travellin’ and livin’…
Thank you so much !
Sorry it rained so much on your visit to my home city of Manchester. We Mancs are used to it by now 🙂
I still enjoyed it 😊
Good to hear. I’ll let you know next year when the sun is out. It’s normally 2.15pm on the 3rd of June 🙂
London is a beautiful city and has so much to see 🙂 Your pics are lovely ❤
Thank you 💜
Nice post Akviilee, though I am from India but I am a big fan of London city and I visited london last year where I stayed for 2 months. I was planning to write about my visit to london from a long time, but as I have so much to write, so I had been postponing it. But after reading your blog, it really inspired me to write about my visit to London. Soon I am gonna get started! 👍🏻
Aww thank you so much! I can’t wait to read your post about London !
Great post! Your photos of Manchester bring back a lot of great memories!
BTW, thanks for stopping by and liking my post 🙂
I loved the photos of London. I grew up in England, but like you, went to university in a different country, so there were some good memories for the backgrounds of your pics. Thanks!
Awwww thank you so much! 💕
I lived in Leeds for six months and this blog post totally reminded me of my days back in Leeds 🙂
Im glad you enjoyed my post 😊
Next time you’re in England, you should come to Newcastle if you haven’t already been. It’s quite scenic and all the people are friendly. It’s cold though ha.
Hey, I actually live in Newcastle 😄
Oh 😂 at least you’ve got a great city to compare everything too ha
Yeaa 😄 I moved here almost 2 years ago and I love it !
Yeah it’s such a great city! Glad you’re enjoying it. Lived here all my life, a Geordie through and through. There isn’t much to do really but it’s still an amazing city 🙂