Leeds

Travel Guide
Corn Exchange showing heritage architecture and street scenes as well as a small group of people

From boundless shopping, dining and nightlife options to sporting events and music festivals, this is one of the liveliest cities in northern England.

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.

Where to stay in Leeds

Clayton Hotel Leeds
Clayton Hotel Leeds
4 out of 5
City Walk Sweet Street, Leeds, England
The price is AU$121 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Holbeck, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Crown Point Shopping Park, Leeds City Square and Trinity Leeds Mall. Victoria Quarter ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (896 reviews)
"Nice place to stay, excellent for the price and the area that it is in, however some areas of improvement on cleansiness."

Reviewed on 30 Dec. 2021

Clayton Hotel Leeds
The Queens Hotel
The Queens Hotel
4 out of 5
City Square, Leeds, England
The price is AU$179 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Located in Leeds City Center, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Wharf and O2 Academy Leeds. First Direct Arena and University of Leeds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,102 reviews)
"We always enjoy staying at this hotel which is convenient for the city centre. The refurbished reception area and bedrooms are lovely. The beds are very comfortable . The updated bathrooms are modern and clean. Despite the roadside position the rooms at the front are quiet at night. The staff are ..."

Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2021

The Queens Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
4 out of 5
Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, England
The price is AU$135 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Located in Leeds City Center, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Wharf and O2 Academy Leeds. First Direct Arena and University of Leeds ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (935 reviews)
"Everything about our stop was amazing. Super friendly staff and even got a complimentary cookie on arrival. Only one thing was hotel parking is abit expensive £20 per night. Other than that overall perfect hotel and amazing location so close to city centre. Would stop again also the breakfast included ..."

Reviewed on 31 Dec. 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
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Roomzzz Leeds City West
Roomzzz Leeds City West
4 out of 5
2 Burley Road, West Yorkshire, Leeds, England
The price is AU$99 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Situated in Leeds, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leeds General Infirmary, University of Leeds, and O2 Academy Leeds. Leeds Grand Theatre and Leeds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (688 reviews)
Being an Asian Chinese
"On arrival day, reception staff a bit of rascism as we are Chinese . Not that friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

Roomzzz Leeds City West
The Chambers - Park Place - Apartments
The Chambers - Park Place - Apartments
4 out of 5
30 Park Place, Leeds, England
The price is AU$273 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Located in Leeds City Center, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of O2 Academy Leeds and University of Leeds. First Direct Arena and Royal Armouries ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (251 reviews)
"Great apartment, great location. Lots of small details made it even better."

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2021

The Chambers - Park Place - Apartments
Willow Cottage
Willow Cottage
4 out of 5
Ivegate, Yeadon, West Yorkshire, Leeds, England
The price is AU$148 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Situated near the airport, this cottage is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from The Chevin and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Horsforth Hall Park. Kirkstall Abbey and Otley Courthouse are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (53 reviews)
"Cosy room with private access"

Reviewed on 23 Dec. 2021

Willow Cottage
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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