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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.

Tulip Inn Leiden Centre
Tulip Inn Leiden Centre
3 out of 5
Schipholweg 3, Building B, Leiden
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £74 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated in Leiden, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Museum of Ethnology, Museum Boerhaave and Naturalis Biodiversity Center. Keukenhof ...
4.2/5Very Good! (392 reviews)
"I have stayed at TI before and its convenience to the romantic city of Leiden, closeness to Railway station and eating places; I just love to stay at Tulip Inn. But this time I was not upgraded to an executive room for price of standard room as I was the previous time over a year back. That will ..."

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Tulip Inn Leiden Centre
Van der Valk Hotel Leiden
Van der Valk Hotel Leiden
4 out of 5
Haagse Schouwweg 14, Leiden
The price is £84 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Situated on the waterfront, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden Bio Science Park and Museum De Lakenhal. Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (309 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
City Hotel Rembrandt
City Hotel Rembrandt
3 out of 5
Nieuwe Beestenmarkt 10, Leiden
The price is £89 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Beestenmarkt and Leiden University. Molenmuseum de Valk and Leidse Schouwburg - ...
3.9/5Good! (165 reviews)
"Excellent location, close to Leiden Central train station good, clean place."

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

City Hotel Rembrandt
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Villa Rameau
Villa Rameau
4 out of 5
16A Kloksteeg, Leiden, ZH
The price is £193 per night from 2 Jul to 2 Jul
Situated in Leiden, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Stadhuis and Leiden University. Rijksmuseum van Oudheden and LVC are also within 5 minutes. Leiden ...
2/5 (1 review)
"small villa in 3 floors connected by a narrow spiral staircase; Very difficult to use and move baggage. Bathroom is in a different floor than the bedroom. No inside lock for doors. No lobby, reception or any kind of support."

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2019

Villa Rameau
A Clipper Built in 1911 in Woubrugge
A Clipper Built in 1911 in Woubrugge
2.5 out of 5
Zijlsingel t.o. 24, Leiden, South Holland
Situated in the suburbs, this houseboat is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Wall Poems of Leiden and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Leiden University. Burcht and Leiden American Pilgrim ...
A Clipper Built in 1911 in Woubrugge
de Hoghe Weydt
de Hoghe Weydt
3 out of 5
3 Haagplein, Leiden, South Holland
Situated in Leiden, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Molen de Put and Leiden University. Morspoort and SieboldHuis are also within 10 minutes. ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Pleasant apartment in a great area
"I mostly enjoyed my stay at de Hoghe Weydt. The arrangements to get the keys and pay the deposit (EUR 150) and cleaning fee (EUR 50) were easy and friendly. The apartment itself was comfortable, but there were issues with cleanliness. The bathroom drains gave off a bad odour (and there was no ventilation) ..."

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2019

de Hoghe Weydt
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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