By far the most scenic and interesting way to get around the festival every year is a leisurely stroll or cycle along the towpaths of the canal and river. The towpaths stretch from Granary Wharf in the City Centre right through to Armley Mills Museum and to Thwaite Mills from Leeds Dock. Festival sites such as Victoria Wharf and Brewery Wharf are easily found from the canal paths, and the paths are tarmacked and accessible for wheelchairs. Walking around the festival is a wonderful way to really experience the benefits being close to the water can bring. You can explore the heritage of the canal and river whilst spotting wildlife and boats on the water as you wander along the tow paths before entering the hustle and bustle of the featured sites. We have created a heritage trail that you can use all year round. Learn everything you need to know about the history of the canal while you enjoy a brisk walk from Armley Mills to Thwaite Mills. Download the information here.
We understand walking isn’t for everyone which is why we offer free boat trips between the sites during the festival! The bright yellow water taxis are a great way to travel from Granary Wharf to Leeds Dock, running every ten minutes during the festival and providing a scenic tour along the water. The water taxis now run all year 'round too! Just look at for the yellow flag with the Water Taxi logo and cross the lock bridge in front of Fazenda Bar & Grill to find it hidden away on the lower water level. Taxis run from 7am-7pm Monday to Friday and from 10am-7pm at the weekend.
During the 2016 festival, there was also a FREE bus service running from Leeds Dock to Thwaite Mills Museum on a half hourly basis. We are dedicated to making each site accessible to everyone that wants to enjoy them. With the choice of boats, buses and the heritage trail...Leeds is your oyster!