LeedsUnited Kingdom

4.2/5Top Destination

Experience the bars, university life, and history in Leeds!

Leeds is a city that thrives on its shopping, nightlife and sporting attractions. Leeds was once an uninspiring industrial city. Today, however, you’ll encounter parks hosting free festivals, a lively waterfront and pedestrianized streets lined with shops, bars and restaurants.

With many of the streets dedicated to retail, Leeds city center is a shopper’s paradise. Discover everything from sparkling malls to high-end retailers and independent boutiques, many inside restored Edwardian and Victorian-era buildings. The Corn Exchange, Victoria Quarter and Trinity Leeds have over 200 shops collectively.

The dining scene is equally impressive and draws influences from the presence of up to 130 nationalities in the city. Sample cuisine from China, India, Mexico and Pakistan plus traditional British dishes. Leeds Waterfront is an exciting hub of cafés, restaurants and fast-food joints. Enjoy the city’s famous nightlife, most notably at the Exchange Quarter. Options range from the traditional English pub to chic lounge bars, dance clubs and live music venues.

Leeds also offers a good selection of cultural attractions. Admire the grand architecture surrounding City Square and Millennium Square. See work by 20th-century sculptors at the Henry Moore Institute. Spot masterpieces by great British painters, such as John Constable, at the Leeds Art Gallery. Retrace Leeds’ history and discover artifacts from ancient worlds at Leeds City Museum. Visit The Royal Armouries Museum, which has over 8,500 objects of armor and weapons.

Sports fans have many choices in this city. Watch a cricket match at Headingley or a soccer match at Elland Road. Alternatively, attend one of the many summer music festivals. Leeds Festival welcomes well-known international bands while Opera in the Park and Classical Fantasia are both free events.

Intercity trains and buses provide direct services to Leeds from major English cities, including Bristol, Liverpool and London. Get around the city on foot and use public buses to visit areas outside the city center. Among these are the glorious Roundhay Park, Harewood House and Kirkstall Abbey.

Known for

Shopping, Bars and Friendly People

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Where to stay in Leeds

Leeds City Center
Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds City Center

Known for Shopping, Dining, Friendly People

4.5/5(43 reviews)

Shopping and restaurants are a few notable features of the neighborhood.

Holbeck
Holbeck

Holbeck

Known for Friendly People, Dining, Bars

4/5(4 reviews)

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
University of Leeds

University District

Known for Friendly People, Bars, Universities

4/5(1 review)

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.

Hunslet
Hunslet

Hunslet

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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.

Harehills
Thackray Medical Museum

Harehills

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

Beeston
Beeston, Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Beeston

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Beeston might not have many top sights, but Elland Road Stadium and White Rose Shopping Center are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Top Hotels in Leeds

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis budget Leeds Centre Crown Point Road
ibis budget Leeds Centre Crown Point Road
2.5 out of 5
2 The Gateway North, Crown Point Road, Leeds, England
$28
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4
3.7/5Good! (866 reviews)

"Toilet was scruffy with a broken toilet roll holder. The rest of the room was great though."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

ibis budget Leeds Centre Crown Point Road
The Queens Hotel
The Queens Hotel
4 out of 5
City Square, Leeds, England
$59
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11
4.3/5Excellent! (2,349 reviews)

"The helpfulness of the check in clerk . The cleaniness of the rooms even in a single room plenty of space"…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

The Queens Hotel
Clayton Hotel Leeds
Clayton Hotel Leeds
4 out of 5
City Walk Sweet Street, Leeds, England
$53
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11
4.3/5Excellent! (2,711 reviews)

"This is nice hotel nice staff big parking we r happy with clayton also definitely when j go any where first i check clayton hotel thnkx so much"…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Clayton Hotel Leeds

Popular things to do in Leeds

First Direct Arena
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First Direct Arena

4/5(20 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.

Royal Armouries
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Royal Armouries

4.5/5(9 reviews)

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

4.5/5(2 reviews)

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

4.5/5(16 reviews)

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

4/5(3 reviews)

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

4/5(20 reviews)

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

$12

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

$3

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.

Yorkshire Region:Your 1-Hour Private Sightseeing Flight
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Yorkshire Region:Your 1-Hour Private Sightseeing Flight

$142

UP, UP and AWAY! This is your chance to experience the fun of flying PRIVATELY. Yes, that's right. No shuffling from queue to queue, no delays, no screaming of children, or huge airports. This is the real deal. Your very own private pilot, who just wants to share the magic of flight.

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

$86

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

$18

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.

Concierge service
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Concierge service

$13

We will arrange a meeting or collection point and I will meet you there. From there I can take you to your accommodation or anywhere else you want. After that I will be on call for the duration of your stay for whatever you need.

Reviews of Leeds

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 2, 2019

Leeds downtown traffic is horrendous at the moment, use bus, taxi, Uber or even train just up the road

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 5, 2019

We love Leeds!! It is our fourth visit there and we cant wait to go back!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 26, 2019

I’ll be back, my visit was for the ashes and I didn’t get to see much else.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 22, 2019

I enjoyed my brief time in Leeds. The architecture is really cool and they have great dining opportunities. I did find that I felt a bit unsafe walking at night as a solo female traveler. However, it was a fun place to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 14, 2019

Leeds was not the best place we have visit on our trip but just for a couple nights it was okay

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jul 25, 2019

Keep improving the city saw new development in and around the area thanks for the stay