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Leeds Holiday Guide

Great shopping, fine dining, top nightlife, sporting events and one of the biggest music festivals in the world, Leeds is a city with a lot to offer.

Once upon a time Leeds was drab industrial city. Now it’s a cultural and commercial hub where you’ll find free festivals, a lively waterfront and pedestrianised streets lined with shops, bars that bring in the partygoers, restaurants selling dishes from around the world and Leeds Festival, sister festival to the legendary Reading Festival.

Leeds city centre is a shopper’s paradise, offering visitors everything from sparkling shopping centres to big brand retailers and independent boutiques, many being housed in renovated Edwardian and Victorian-era buildings. You’ll find over 200 shops around the The Corn Exchange, Victoria Quarter and Trinity Leeds.

After all that shopping you’re likely be famished, and Leeds’ restaurants are some of the best places to refuel in the country. Drawing influences from up to 130 nationalities, here you can sample cuisine from China, India, Mexico and Pakistan plus traditional British dishes. The Waterfront is an exciting area with cafés, restaurants and fast-food joints.

If you’re coming to Leeds to enjoy a night on the town, then head toward the Exchange Quarter. Trail around Leeds traditional English pubs, chic lounge bars, dance clubs and live music venues for a night on the town you’ll be recounting for years to come.

If you’re visiting Leeds for culture, then the city has a great selection of attractions for you. Explore the beautiful architecture surrounding City Square and Millennium Square. Enjoy sculpture from 20th Century sculptors at the Henry Moore Institute and peruse masterpieces by great British painters, such as John Constable, at the Leeds Art Gallery. Learn about Leeds’ past and browse artefacts from the ancient world at Leeds City Museum. Visit The Royal Armouries Museum, which has over 8,500 objects of armour and weapons.

If you’re into sport the Leeds has you covered. Watch the cricket at Headingley or a bit of football at Elland Road. If music is more your thing, check out one of the countless summer music festivals, both free and paid-for. The epic Leeds Festival welcomes international acts of all genres while Opera in the Park and Classical Fantasia are both free events focussing more on classic music.

Trains and buses provide direct services to Leeds from major British cities, including Bristol, Liverpool and London. You can easily explore the city on foot or use public buses to visit areas outside the city centre. Among these are the lush Roundhay Park, Harewood House and Kirkstall Abbey.


Guide to Exploring Leeds


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Clayton Hotel Leeds

Clayton Hotel Leeds

City Walk Sweet Street, Leeds
4.1
of 5, from 375 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

A 5-minute walk from Crown Point Shopping Park, Clayton Hotel Leeds is close to the motorway and a 20-minute drive from the airport. Guests can walk 10 minutes to Leeds Train Station, and just a little bit farther to the waterfront shops and restaurants at Brewery Wharf.

The Light Box City Apartment

The Light Box City Apartment

103 Cross Green Lane, Leeds
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Leeds, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of West Yorkshire Playhouse and Royal Armouries. First Direct Arena and Thackray Medical Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£53
Leeds Marriott Hotel

Leeds Marriott Hotel

4 Trevelyan Square Boar Lane, Leeds
4.3
of 5, from 261 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Leeds hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Holy Trinity Church and First Direct Arena. Royal Armouries and Thackray Medical Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Mak Serviced Apartments

Mak Serviced Apartments

North Crescent (West), Leeds
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Leeds, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Leeds Grand Theatre and First Direct Arena. Royal Armouries and Thackray Medical Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Neptune Apartments

Neptune Apartments

206 Quay One, Neptune Street, Leeds
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Leeds, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Tetley, Royal Armouries, and First Direct Arena. Thackray Medical Museum is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

£37
The New Ellington

The New Ellington

23-25 York Place, Leeds
4.2
of 5, from 124 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Leeds, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leeds City Square and First Direct Arena. Royal Armouries and Thackray Medical Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£22
ibis budget Leeds Centre Crown Point Road

ibis budget Leeds Centre Crown Point Road

2 The Gateway North, Leeds
3.5
of 5, from 115 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Leeds, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of West Yorkshire Playhouse and Royal Armouries. First Direct Arena and Thackray Medical Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£64
The Queens Hotel

The Queens Hotel

City Square, Leeds
4.2
of 5, from 493 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This imposing Art Deco building fits in with the grandness of the City Square it overlooks. The Queens Hotel is right beside Leeds Station and a 6-minute walk from Kirkgate, Europe's largest indoor market. Guests can visit the nearby City Museum and Royal Armouries for a primer on local history.

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