Leiden

Travel Guide
Waag showing a river or creek, street scenes and a house
Get ready to be stunned by this little city's many canals, charming pubs, numerous monuments and interesting museums.

Leiden is a university town that has something to do for everyone. Located in the province of South Holland, it has great nightlife, culture and a lovely city centre.

Thanks to its success in the international weaving industry, Leiden was the biggest city in the duchy of Holland at the end of the 15th century. The university was established in 1575 and is the oldest in the Netherlands. The city centre owes a lot of its charm to the numerous historic and listed buildings.

Like Amsterdam, Leiden, has a lot of water. You can admire the historic buildings while enjoying a boat tour around the canals. History lovers will be thrilled with the Burcht (fort) which stands on the only hill in the city. Other historic buildings include Gravensteen which is currently home to the university's student and education administration, the Waag (weigh house) and Pieterskerk.

Breestraat is the place to be for shopping. There are loads of stores and places to eat. End the day with a visit to one of Leiden's many museums, such as Naturalis, a natural history museum with changing themes and special treasure hunts for kids, or the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Archaeology Museum) with its exhibitions on Egyptian, Roman and ancient Greek civilizations.

The centre of Leiden is best explored on foot. Stroll at your leisure through the shopping streets and along the canals. Longer distances are easily covered by bicycle and of course by bus. You can also take a day trip to another city such as The Hague or Amsterdam.

Leiden is in the centre of the Randstad and is easy to reach by public transport and car. You can take the train to Leiden from St Pancras or fly to Rotterdam or Amsterdam from London City and catch a train there. If you're travelling by car, you can catch the ferry at Folkestone or Dover. However, the centre of Leiden has been almost fully pedestrianized so you'll have to park in one of the parking garages just outside the city centre. There are also two park and ride (P+R) parking lots just outside the city if you want to park your car cheaply.

Whether you're travelling with your whole family or just your partner, Leiden is a great place for a weekend away.

Where to stay in Leiden

Fletcher Wellness - Hotel Leiden
Fletcher Wellness - Hotel Leiden
4 out of 5
Bargelaan 180, Leiden, 2333 CW
The price is £83 per night from 31 Jul to 1 Aug
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Leiden. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (516 reviews)
"Split over different floors in a large office block, so it's a bit weird navigating around, but it's nice enough in side. You can have breakfast looking down into the next floor where people are sat working in their office."

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2022

Fletcher Wellness - Hotel Leiden
Van der Valk Hotel Leiden
Van der Valk Hotel Leiden
4 out of 5
Haagse Schouwweg 14, Leiden, 2332KG
The price is £91 per night from 31 Jul to 1 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Leiden. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the convenient parking ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (334 reviews)
Leiden
"Nice place, beautifully located along the river. Friendly staff. Rooms are good except the showers are small and look a bit old."

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2020

Van der Valk Hotel Leiden
ibis Leiden Centre
ibis Leiden Centre
3 out of 5
Stationsplein 240-242, Leiden, 2312 AR
The price is £100 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Leiden. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (731 reviews)
"The room was quite small, yet clean and was in a great location. The staff was friendly and helpful in every way that was requested. There were limited ways to be ecological regarding our was. No means to sort waste by, metal, paper or plastic."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2022

ibis Leiden Centre
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.
Corendon Apartments Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel
Corendon Apartments Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel
285 Schipholweg, Badhoevedorp, NH, 1171 PL
The price is £138 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Badhoevedorp. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
"Dinning and transportation were good"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2022

Corendon Apartments Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel
The old store: a completely renovated apartment in the center of Leiden
The old store: a completely renovated apartment in the center of Leiden
Leiden, South Holland
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Leiden. Enjoy a TV, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen. Popular attractions Duinrell and Burcht are located nearby. Discover ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Wonderful place to stay
"We wanted to stay in Holland for a month and this place was the perfect place to be. The house is quiet and welcoming after a day of sightseeing. The close proximity to the train station made traveling throughout the Netherlands very easy. Great place to stay - we highly recommend it!"

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2022

The old store: a completely renovated apartment in the center of Leiden
EuroParcs Spaarnwoude
EuroParcs Spaarnwoude
ZUIDERWEG 2, Halfweg, 1165NA
The price is £9,113 per night from 5 Jul to 6 Jul
Stay at this residence in Halfweg. Enjoy a children's pool, a sauna and hiking/biking on site. Popular attractions Anne Frank House and Leidseplein are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Excellent peaceful getaway from the city. Super clean and surrounded by lush greenery. Shopping and groceries are a 20-30 min walk away."

Reviewed on 2 Jun 2022

EuroParcs Spaarnwoude
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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