Want to learn more about Leeds and have a fun, free afternoon? The Leeds Owl Trail is a walking path around the city centre which takes you around many local landmarks and gives you a gloss of the city's history.
As Leeds' coat of arms features owls holding up a fleece, ornate owls carved of stone and gilded can be found in many places in the city. The trail takes you from the City Museum down to the Headrow and the Canal. A map of the route can be found on the official website, and leaflets with the map and information about each location can be acquired in Leeds City Museum.
The route is a nice easy walk, is very accessible for the handicapped and can easily be broken up with a picnic or similar. Searching for the owls is a fun activity (some are well hidden!), and visiting the locations is an educational experience in itself. The Library in particular was a highlight for me, as the internal architecture of the building itself is simply stunning: we spent a long time in the trail just walking around inside!
The trail is an excellent idea for an educational, free day out. Pick a sunny day and give it a try.