Enjoy culture, heritage and shopping sprees in Leeds

Leeds

Visit the cosmopolitan Leeds gateway to the north of England and explore the city’s fascinating family museums, luxury shopping and West Yorkshire country houses.

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Cosmopolitan Leeds is a gateway to the north of England – a stone’s throw from West Yorkshire gems like the market town of Huddersfield, Harrogate spa town and the thriving cultural city of Bradford, and within easy reach the exhilarating National Parks of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. Between rugby games, get to know Leeds’ civic hub, Millennium Square, and follow the River Aire to trendy waterfront development New Dock and Holbeck Urban Village.

Don’t miss

Follow the Leeds Country Way to the stately home at Harewood House and spend the afternoon ambling between grand chambers, exploring Capability Brown landscapes, and spotting flamingos in the bird garden. Back in the city centre, enjoy sculptures by Yorkshire-born Henry Moore at Leeds Art Gallery and browse armour and hunting weapons at Leeds Royal Armouries. There could be a few famous footballers lurking behind the scenes at Elland Road on a Leeds United stadium tour.

Explore the city

Interested in discovering more about the city’s history? Contact Leeds’ tourist information centre for information on self-guided tours around Leeds which focus on a number of interesting historic facts about its past, from architecture to Marks and Spencer’s heritage. Alternatively, for something bang-up-to-date, pull on your party threads and dip into the numerous late-night bars found in Lower Briggate.

Going out

Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to get a ticket to the games; walk through the big Victorian doors of The Adelphi, find yourself a spot and watch the game on their big screen. You can also tuck into some locally sourced pub grub and sample their array of draught beers and real ales whilst you cheer on your team.

After the game, enjoy a taste of Leeds’ buzzing and varied nightlife.  Pay a visit to Mojo Bar for delicious burgers and their notorious killer cocktails whilst Rock n Roll classics blasts from the speakers; enjoy live music, stand-up comedy and busting your best moves on the dancefloor at The Hifi Club, or experience a unique cinema going experience at Everyman Cinema, where you can enjoy high quality modern cuisine and a glass of wine before watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

Great for families

Desert meerkats and giant Niger catfish await at Tropical World, set in the peaceful gardens of Roundhay Park. The story of medicine is told in a family-friendly way at the Thackray Medical Museum.

Go shopping

Trinity Leeds is a shoppers’ paradise with three floors of sparkling arcades filled with international brands, plus plenty of chain restaurants and a cinema. Browse independent boutiques, jewellers and gift shops in grand Victorian surroundings at Leeds Corn Exchange and designer shops in the glamorous Victoria Quarter.

Explore the area

See the Salt Mill and workers’ housing in the preserved industrial village of Saltaire – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region is also home to the largest railway museum in the world – the National Railway Museum in York documents more than 300 years of rail history with locomotives, paraphernalia, photos and artwork.

Get active

Golf simulators keep players warm and dry while they play on virtual championship courses at the Indoor Golf Café Bar Leeds. A whole wealth of indoor fun can be had at Xscape Yorkshire, from body-boarding in the Flow House to scaling the climbing walls and hitting the slopes in the Snowzone. To experience Land Rover’s legendary all-terrain expertise in safe, thrilling and true-to-life driving adventures you can visit Land Rover Experience North Yorkshire.

Did you know?

Michael Marks opened a penny bazaar in Kirkgate Market in 1884 – the forerunner to the iconic high street store chain Marks and Spencer.

Where to stay

Budget: Hotel Ibis Leeds Centre 
Moderate: The Queens, Leeds 
Luxury: The New Ellington 
Accessible: Bewley’s Hotel Leeds 

Where to eat

Budget: Friends of Ham 
Moderate: The Midnight Bell    
Luxury: Crafthouse 
Accessible: Sukhothai  

Getting there and around

Air: The nearest major airport is Leeds Bradford International Airport. Regular buses take you to the city centre bus and train stations
Rail: Leeds Station is just over two hours from London King’s Cross Station
Road: Leeds is on the crossroads of the M1 and M62

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