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.

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Where to stay in Leeds

Hunslet
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Hunslet

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.

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Top hotels in Leeds

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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ibis budget Leeds Centre Crown Point Road
2.5 out of 5
2 The Gateway North, Leeds
AU$48/night
5 Aug. - 6 Aug.
3.7/5Good! (775 reviews)

"Everything was fine staff were helpful and friendly hotel is good for budget for a short night stay"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2019

ibis budget Leeds Centre Crown Point Road
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The Queens Hotel
4 out of 5
City Square, Leeds
AU$99/night
4 Aug. - 5 Aug.
4.3/5Excellent! (2,167 reviews)

"Really enjoyed our stay in the hotel. the location is perfect and the rooms spacious and comfortable. Perfect for when you have a night out in Leeds and need a nice place to stay in."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019

The Queens Hotel
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easyHotel Leeds
3 out of 5
14-22 Lands Lane, Leeds
AU$45/night
12 Aug. - 13 Aug.
3.9/5Good! (302 reviews)

"Great location and value for money. It’s basic but clean and functional which is all I needed"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2019

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Popular activities in Leeds

First Direct Arena
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First Direct Arena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AU$125

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.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Leeds, UK
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Leeds, UK

AU$4

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.

Full-Day Lake District National Park Tour with Windermere Cruise from York
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Full-Day Lake District National Park Tour with Windermere Cruise from York

AU$124

Depart York for a day and spend time in the Lake District National Park. Discover quaint villages, market towns, and the gorgeous natural landscapes surrounding stops like Hawkshead and Tarn Hows. At the end of your tour, get some free time to explore the historic town of Bowness-on-Windermere.

York Ghost Bus Tour: A Comedy Horror Show
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York Ghost Bus Tour: A Comedy Horror Show

AU$27

Embark on a spooky sightseeing tour that reveals the secrets of York's eerie past. The city's history is dotted with tales of sinister figures who wreaked havoc on daily life, and whose ghosts are said to still haunt its darkest corners to this day.

York Dungeon Tour
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York Dungeon Tour

AU$23

This dungeon tour was designed with your cryptic cravings in mind. Journey through 2,000 years of York’s horrible history—specifically 11 different live shows—and get to know the twisted characters behind such brutal acts.

York Pass - Save money on attraction tickets
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York Pass - Save money on attraction tickets

AU$80

York Pass is the Official Sightseeing card for York and beyond ..Save Money on attraction tickets Available as a 1 day York city pass and 2, 3, and 6 days York & beyond explorer pass – York Pass includes a free pocket guidebook, 24 hour city sightseeing bus ticket, pasta or pizza meal at ASK Italian restaurant (T&Cs apply), and extra value discount offers.