Experience the bars, university life and theatre in Leeds!

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.

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Where to stay in Leeds

Leeds City Center
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Leeds City Center

Shopping, Dining, Friendly People

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.

Holbeck
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Holbeck

Friendly People, Dining, Bars

Holbeck is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Canal Wharf, a top place to visit in the area.

University District
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University District

Friendly People, Bars, Universities

University District is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Headingley Stadium and Hyde Park Picture House while you're in town.

Harehills
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Harehills

While Harehills isn't home to many top sights, Thackray Medical Museum and First Direct Arena are some notable places to visit nearby.

Hunslet
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Hunslet

A waterside weapons museum and a rusty factory serving as a bohemian art gallery are among the treats when you venture south of the city center.

Top hotels in Leeds

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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ibis budget Leeds Centre Crown Point Road
2.5 out of 5
2 The Gateway North, Crown Point Road, Leeds, England
£27/night
8 Sep-9 Sep
3.7/5Good! (813 reviews)

Situated in Leeds, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Armouries and Leeds Grand Theatre. First Direct Arena and Thackray ...

3.7/5Good! (813 reviews)

"Easy check in & facilities good for price. Breakfast ok"…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019

ibis budget Leeds Centre Crown Point Road
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
4 out of 5
Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, England
£47/night
8 Sep-9 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,535 reviews)

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,535 reviews)

"Location was great. Hotel staff friendly, hotel was very clean"…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
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Clayton Hotel Leeds
4 out of 5
City Walk Sweet Street, Leeds, England
£50/night
15 Sep-16 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (2,657 reviews)

Located in Holbeck, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Crown Point Shopping Park, Leeds City Square and Trinity Leeds Mall. Victoria Quarter and Leeds ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,657 reviews)

"Friendly efficient staff, nothing was too much trouble"…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019

Clayton Hotel Leeds

Popular things to do in Leeds

First Direct Arena
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First Direct Arena

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

Royal Armouries
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Royal Armouries

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

Temple Newsam House
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Temple Newsam House

Uncover 500 years of history at this magnificent Tudor-Jacobean country mansion that looks out upon a scenic estate and is filled with artifacts and decorative arts.

Kirkstall Abbey
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Kirkstall Abbey

Wander the grounds of a beautifully preserved medieval abbey set on the grassy banks of the River Aire and uncover the history within the complex’s grand ruins.

Thackray Medical Museum
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Thackray Medical Museum

With a focus on war care and surgery, the nine exhibits in this impressive museum piece together the development of medical care since Victorian times.

University of Leeds
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University of Leeds

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

Top activities 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

Our popular VIP Party Passes offer a great variety of weekend nightlife entries. We have been booking groups small and large onto the guestlists all over the UK for a decade. We have designed our Nightlife Deals get you VIP entry into selected, popular clubs and bars.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Leeds, UK
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Leeds, UK

£2

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Leeds Breweries Bus Tour with Tastings
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Leeds Breweries Bus Tour with Tastings

£70

Explore the burgeoning beer scene in Leeds on this guided bus tour to 3 local breweries. With an ale aficionado leading the way, pay a visit to all independent craft breweries, getting the chance to meet with the producers, look behind the scenes at their methods, and sample some of their best beer.

York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£7

Discover the beautiful city of York on a thoroughly enjoyable hop-on hop-off bus tour. With unlimited access to the route for 24 hours, hop on and off as much as you please, exploring this walled city at your own pace.

York Ghost Bus Tour: A Comedy Horror Show
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York Ghost Bus Tour: A Comedy Horror Show

£15

Embark on a spooky sightseeing tour that reveals the secrets of York's eerie past. The city's history is dotted with tales of sinister figures who wreaked havoc on daily life, and whose ghosts are said to still haunt its darkest corners to this day.

Haworth and The Yorkshire Dales Day Trip from York
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Haworth and The Yorkshire Dales Day Trip from York

£45

Starting in the morning from York, this guided day trip provides the perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to explore Bronte Country and the scenic and picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park.