Discover the cultural charms of Leeds

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Leeds caters for every particular taste, whether you’re a fitness fanatic, shopaholic or just like to party till dawn.

It’s easy to see why the Tour de France chose Leeds as the city for its Grand Départ. The city is achingly hip with cool shopping venues, like the Victoria Quarter, Mad Elizabeth Vintage and Northern Acoustics, to occupy you in the day, and bars like Oporto, officially named the Best Night Out in the UK, to keep you entertained when the sun goes down.

Outdoorsy-types are well catered for too: the city has a myriad of cycle routes criss-crossing its centre, while those wanting to head further afield can tackle the 22km route from the city to Saltaire, an historical village and World Heritage Site. Along the way, you’ll pass Leeds Industrial Museum, housed in a giant woollen mill, and the ancient Kirkstall Abbey with its daffodil-strewn parkland. Those who prefer to watch others do the hard work can catch Leeds United at Elland Road or head to the cricket at Headingley.

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Headrow and Town Hall at night, Leeds© VisitEngland/Leeds and Partners
Leeds City Art Gallery Café© VisitEngland/Diana Jarvis
Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds© VisitEngland/Leeds and Partners
Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre© VisitEngland/Leeds and Partners/Martin Brent
Salts Mill in Bradford, on the site of Saltaire Village© VisitEngland/

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