There are around a dozen daily departures from Birmingham to Leeds, with service beginning at roughly 3:00 a.m. and running until 10:30 p.m. Buses depart approximately every 2 or 3 hours with very little variation at weekends. Some journeys require a change at Manchester, but many are direct routes. Journey time varies in length from 2 hours and 20 minutes to nearly 5 hours.
As the birthplace of the balti curry, no trip to Birmingham would be complete without an authentic Indian feast. Try Celebrity Balti Restaurant on Broad Street, Chaennai Dosa on Hagley Road, or Jyoti on Stratford Road for the perfect exotic dishes. Jyoti is part of ‘the balti triangle’, an area with a high-concentration of balti houses. Many of the Indian restaurants in the area also give ample vegetarian options. Another great eatery for vegetarians is The Kitchen Garden Cafe in the city centre, or Canalside Cafe on Gas Street, which serves only vegetarian options. Birmingham’s high-end eateries include Jam House in St Paul’s Square, which hosts live music many nights of the week and features a frequently changing menu. Rectory Bar and Restaurant, which is in the same area as Jam House, offers steak and fish along with an excellent choice of wines. Many of the more upmarket bars are also in this, aptly named, Jewellery Quarter. For those visiting the area on a budget, Simply Baguette, opposite Wetherspoons on Coronation Street, offers a large variety of filled baguettes ranging from 50-75p. Cafe Face is also a cheap but cheerful option, with a healthy reputation for their roasted veg and jacket potatoes.
Leeds is the largest city in the West Yorkshire region, and was a major hub of industry in the Victorian reign. Now the third largest city in Britain, it has much to offer visitors of all ages and interests. If you’re interested in the local history a quick stop at The Leeds City Museum in Millenium Square will get you up to speed. The museum includes 5 other exhibitions ranging from ancient worlds to wildlife and nature. In the same area of the Civic Quarter, you’ll find Leeds Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute, said to have the best collection of 20th century art outside of London (free admission). Those interested in film may want to plan their trip around either of Leeds’ two film festivals, Leeds Young People’s Film Festival, and the Leeds International Film Festival - the latter has steadily gained notoriety within the industry. If you’re lucky enough to visit when the weather is pleasant, Leeds has many outdoor areas to enjoy, including the stunning Roundhay Park. With its 2 lakes, flower gardens, and cafe, it’s a great place to spend a day or afternoon (weather permitting!). A little further outside of the city centre is Hall Park. It can be reached by bus, and is well worth the trip for its beautiful Japanese Gardens.