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LeedsUnited Kingdom

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

Hunslet, Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Hunslet

Though Hunslet may not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Royal Armouries and First Direct Arena.

Hunslet

Top hotels in Leeds

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dakota Leeds
Dakota Leeds
4 out of 5
8 Russell Street, Leeds, England
The price is AU$184 per night

Located in Leeds City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leeds City Square, O2 Academy Leeds and Leeds General Infirmary. First Direct Arena and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (499 reviews)

"An excellent hotel - well situated, spotlessly clean, really well set up to open after Coronavirus. The staff and the service were great. A special mention must be made for Alistair on the front desk who made our visit so much more personal."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2020

Dakota Leeds
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$107 per night

Located in Leeds City Center, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Canal Wharf, First Direct Arena and Leeds Grand Theatre. Leeds General Infirmary and O2 Academy ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)

"Service & staff excellent but had to wait 30 mins for 2 drinks that didn't arrive in the Lock bar. Also nowhere to get a coffee on arrival."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
The Queens Hotel
The Queens Hotel
4 out of 5
City Square, Leeds, England
The price is AU$107 per night

Located in Leeds City Center, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Wharf, O2 Academy Leeds, and Leeds General Infirmary. First Direct Arena ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,538 reviews)

"Great location. Staff were very helpful and friendly - guy on reception and breakfast team were excellent. Room was clean and comfortable. Will stay again."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2020

The Queens Hotel

Popular places to visit in Leeds

First Direct Arena
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First Direct Arena

4.5/5(6 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.

University of Leeds
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University of Leeds

4/5(1 review)

Late Victorian and award-winning brutalist and modernist architecture house the classes and students of Leeds’ namesake university, established in 1904.

Roundhay Park
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Roundhay Park

5/5(1 review)

One of the largest city parks in Europe has a huge expanse of parkland, woods, lakes, gardens and lush tropical glasshouses to explore and enjoy.

Leeds Grand Theatre
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Leeds Grand Theatre

The Gothic features of this tiered theater make a glorious setting for the diverse array of plays, music gigs and stand-up acts that are performed on its stage.

O2 Academy Leeds
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O2 Academy Leeds

If music is your religion, this impressive entertainment venue may become your place of worship; its Gothic façade even looks like a church.

Royal Armouries
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Royal Armouries

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Discover the world of weaponry at this purpose-built museum, which contains the national collection of arms and armor from throughout the ages.

Top activities in Leeds

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

AU$213
Per adult
Leeds Scavenger Hunt: Leeds Landmarks
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Leeds Scavenger Hunt: Leeds Landmarks

AU$28
Per adult
Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Leeds
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Leeds

AU$18
Per adult
York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

AU$29
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
York City Pass - Experience The Top City Centre Attractions
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York City Pass - Experience The Top City Centre Attractions

AU$86
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Afternoon Tea Cruise
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Afternoon Tea Cruise

AU$33
Per adult

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