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Leeds

Travel Guide
Corn Exchange featuring street scenes and heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

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.

Where to stay in Leeds

Clayton Hotel Leeds
Clayton Hotel Leeds
4 out of 5
City Walk Sweet Street, Leeds, England
The price is £59 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Holbeck, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Crown Point Shopping Park, Leeds City Square and Trinity Leeds Mall. Victoria Quarter ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (964 reviews)
"Affordable, clean, comfortable. Perfect for a city get away"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Clayton Hotel Leeds
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
4 out of 5
Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, England
The price is £73 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Leeds City Center, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Wharf, O2 Academy Leeds and Leeds Grand Theatre. First Direct Arena ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (944 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
Dakota Leeds
Dakota Leeds
4 out of 5
8 Russell Street, Leeds, England
The price is £107 per night from 16 Aug to 16 Aug
Located in Leeds City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leeds City Square, O2 Academy Leeds and Leeds General Infirmary. First Direct Arena and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (573 reviews)
"Excellent Hotel, staff go above and beyond, made to feel special! Will definitely return!"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2021

Dakota Leeds
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Roomzzz Leeds City West
Roomzzz Leeds City West
4 out of 5
2 Burley Road, West Yorkshire, Leeds, England
The price is £55 per night from 12 Aug to 12 Aug
Situated in Leeds, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Leeds and Leeds General Infirmary. First Direct Arena and O2 Academy Leeds are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (674 reviews)
Ideal studio
"Lovely studio space. All we needed for a short stay. Comfortable and clean. Decent kitchen plus living area and study space along with bedroom. Ideal for access to the city and for universitues."

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2020

Roomzzz Leeds City West
Arena Village (Campus Accommodation)
Arena Village (Campus Accommodation)
3 out of 5
Arena Village, Jacob Street, Leeds, England
Situated in Leeds, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of First Direct Arena and Leeds Grand Theatre. University of Leeds and O2 Academy Leeds are also ...
1.8/5 (4 reviews)
"Get what you pay for, did the job for me didn’t expect the ritz."

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2021

Arena Village (Campus Accommodation)
Mansio Suites Basinghall
Mansio Suites Basinghall
4 out of 5
Basinghall Building, 10 Butts Court, Leeds, England
The price is £102 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Leeds City Center, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Light, First Direct Arena and O2 Academy Leeds. Leeds Grand Theatre and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (156 reviews)
"Lovely, clean property , John was a very good host and easy to communicate with , would deffo be staying here again."

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

Mansio Suites Basinghall
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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