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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

Leeds City Center, Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Leeds City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,029 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Leeds City Center. Make a stop by Leeds Grand Theatre or O2 Academy Leeds while you're exploring the area.

Leeds City Center
Holbeck, Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Holbeck

4/5Very Good!(75 area reviews)

Holbeck is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out Canal Wharf, a top attraction in the neighbourhood.

Holbeck
Harehills, Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Harehills

2.5/5(8 area reviews)

While Harehills isn't home to many top sights, First Direct Arena and Leeds Grand Theatre are some notable places to visit nearby.

Harehills
Hunslet, Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Hunslet

Though Hunslet may not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Royal Armouries and First Direct Arena.

Hunslet
Beeston, Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Beeston

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Beeston and surrounding area, you can visit Elland Road Stadium and White Rose Shopping Center.

Beeston

Top hotels in Leeds

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dakota Leeds
Dakota Leeds
4 out of 5
8 Russell Street, Leeds, England
The price is £101 per night

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! (500 reviews)

"An excellent hotel - well situated, spotlessly clean, really well set up to open after Coronavirus. The staff and the service were great. A special mention must be made for Alistair on the front desk who made our visit so much more personal."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2020

Dakota 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 £59 per night

Located in Leeds City Center, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Canal Wharf, First Direct Arena and Leeds Grand Theatre. Leeds General Infirmary and O2 Academy ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)

"Service & staff excellent but had to wait 30 mins for 2 drinks that didn't arrive in the Lock bar. Also nowhere to get a coffee on arrival."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
The Queens Hotel
The Queens Hotel
4 out of 5
City Square, Leeds, England
The price is £62 per night

Located in Leeds City Center, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Wharf, O2 Academy Leeds, and Leeds General Infirmary. First Direct Arena ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,541 reviews)

"We needed to be in Leeds, saw a great deal on the Queens, decided - even if the reviews ran true for the price it was worth it. We were extremely surprised by the Queens! It's fabulous. Very much a 1930's Hotel, but not in a bad way. Art Deco styling most places, but with modern additions like air ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

The Queens Hotel

Popular places to visit in Leeds

First Direct Arena
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First Direct Arena

4.5/5(225 reviews)

Its honeycombed exterior glowing like a beacon at night, Leeds’ modern music venue draws crowds nightly to its shows featuring local and international stars.

University of Leeds
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University of Leeds

4/5(117 reviews)

Late Victorian and award-winning brutalist and modernist architecture house the classes and students of Leeds’ namesake university, established in 1904.

Roundhay Park
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Roundhay Park

4.5/5(86 reviews)

One of the largest city parks in Europe has a huge expanse of parkland, woods, lakes, gardens and lush tropical glasshouses to explore and enjoy.

Leeds Grand Theatre
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Leeds Grand Theatre

4.5/5(20 reviews)

The Gothic features of this tiered theater make a glorious setting for the diverse array of plays, music gigs and stand-up acts that are performed on its stage.

O2 Academy Leeds
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O2 Academy Leeds

4/5(20 reviews)

If music is your religion, this impressive entertainment venue may become your place of worship; its Gothic façade even looks like a church.

Royal Armouries
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Royal Armouries

4.5/5(133 reviews)

Discover the world of weaponry at this purpose-built museum, which contains the national collection of arms and armor from throughout the ages.

Top things to do in Leeds

Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Leeds
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Leeds

£10
Per adult
Yorkshire Region:Your 1-Hour Private Sightseeing Flight
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Yorkshire Region:Your 1-Hour Private Sightseeing Flight

£118
Per adult
Leeds Scavenger Hunt: Leeds Landmarks
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Leeds Scavenger Hunt: Leeds Landmarks

£16
Per adult
York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£16
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
The York Dungeon Tour
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The York Dungeon Tour

£14
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Afternoon Tea Cruise
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Afternoon Tea Cruise

£18
Per adult

Reviews of Leeds

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
530
5 - Excellent 43.51395730706076%
4 - Good
562
4 - Good 46.141215106732346%
3 - Okay
105
3 - Okay 8.620689655172415%
2 - Disappointing
15
2 - Disappointing 1.2315270935960592%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 0.49261083743842365%

5/5 - Excellent

Paul

27 May 2020

Leeds is an amazing city..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

Love Bibi's restaurant!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

The only thing I didn’t like about the hotel was the location walking under that bridge in dark felt unsafe

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Great city with lots to offer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Really enjoyed the Reliance bar and restaurant on North Street.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Lovely

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