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The Mexican restaurant in the Trinity centre was excellent value. Great staff and lovely food. Try it!
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Leeds Rundown

Leeds is not dubbed the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’ for nothing. Its mixture of state of the art shopping centres, Victorian arcades and stylish pedestrianised high streets are overflowing with shops. It’s not for nothing that Rough Guides termed shopping in Leeds one of the top 30 things to do in the UK. Leeds is a place where conspicuous consumption is the name of the game. Leeds folk would rather be seen dead than out and about with a Lidl bag.

Some people do not like shopping, but don’t rush off, stay awhile and you will find there are plenty of other things to do in Leeds. The Royal Armouries holds the nation’s collection of national arms and armour, the City Art Gallery offers you one of the finest collections of British 20th Century art outside of London And, for the young (or middle aged in denial) a dedication to decadence is rewarded by 180 pubs to get through, and plenty of clubs and bars to stagger into at closing time.

Those who (thankfully) aspire to more genteel pursuits have the attractions of Harewood House and Yorkshire Sculpture Park at their disposal.

Leed's Top 10

10. The Henry Moore Institute has three galleries and stunning sculptures on show. There is always a new exhibition or event to check out too

5. Temple Newsam House Furniture, ceramics and fine art to thrill the most demanding of visitor.

9. Kirkgate Market is where ‘Marks’ Penny Bazaar’ first set up shop, the humble Leeds beginnings of Marks & Spencer.

4. Armley Mills is one of the largest textile museums in the world. Fascinating attraction, so allow a full day and bring a picnic.

8. Headingley Cricket Stadium Home to Yorkshire cricket.

3. Leeds Discovery Centre is home to a collection of over a million important items and artefacts dating back to 1819. Tours take over 4 hours, so be prepared.

7. The Corn Exchange Pretty shopping arcades, top notch restaurants, bars and cafes.

2. Abbey House Museum recreates life as it was lived in Victorian Leeds – right out of a Dickens novel.

6. Millennium Square is always buzzing with activity from concerts, exhibitions and a Xmas ice rink and market.

1. Leeds City Museum has Egyptian mummies, ancient fossils and four floors of interactive galleries.

Leeds Events

Leeds Young People’s Film Festival takes place in March and April and is mostly free. Now in its 12th year, Leeds Town Hall is where the majority of the action including workshops, screenings and events takes place.

Get your running shoes out and enter the Leeds Half Marathon which starts at the Headrow and ends at Millennium Square. No excuses – it’s for charity.

The Leeds Opera in the Park is classical, very big and free – so what’s not to like? Plus, it takes place at the exquisitely beautiful Temple Newsam. Join 50,000 other people in a big classical hug with a host of international stars performing their stuff.

The Leeds LOOP Arts Fair is a celebration of graphic art and illustration in the UK today. If the likes of Jez Burrows, Matt Hodson and Drew Millward float your boat, then head to Marshall’s Mill during the month of June.

Get all retro at Leeds’ Corn Exchange Record Fair held monthly. Here nostalgia abounds. Discuss the great age of vinyl and its sad demise, plus there are also some of these new fangled CDs for sale.

The Leeds Festival is an annual event which takes place at Bramham Park. The August event always attracts the big names, so book early.

Music lovers should also head to Music at Leeds’ Kirkstall Abbey in August. Classical music played out against a background of the cloisters of this 12th Century abbey – all free

If you love food get to Leeds Loves Food. The event gathers momentum as the years pass, now in its 6th year and bigger and better than ever at Millennium Square in July.

For two weeks in June, the West Yorkshire Playhouse brings world class theatrical artists to Leeds at the Transform event. Wristbands are available for daily events and cost £15 each.

The Affordable Vintage Fair takes place in December. You can pick up a bargain here with clothes and homewares from the 1920s to the 1980s (yikes - is the 80s now vintage?) at the Leeds Corn Exchange.

When To Go

Leeds’ climate follows the UK generally with no real extremes – just the changes of the seasons, and a mixture of sunny and overcast days throughout the year.

Temperatures during a typical English summer are around 20-25 °C, with winter temperatures on average around 6 degrees. Leeds’ northern location can mean sub zero temps and snow though.

Rain – what can we say – always pack your waterproofs and a brolly.

Getting There

Leeds- Bradford Airport is just 10 miles to the northwest of the city centre, and offers a wide number of domestic and international flights. A bus service connects the airport to the centre which takes around 40 minutes.

Leeds Railway Station is one of the biggest in the UK with connections to all main cities.

Leeds had good road connections to the rest of the UK with National Express running highly competitive and regular services.

General Information

With a bustling populace of over 440,000, Leeds is a lively little city with tremendous appeal. The history of the West Yorkshire city on the River Aire runs as far back as the 5th century and by extension, Leeds has a lot to offer visitors to England. Like London and other towns in Great Britain, the city contains numerous areas and subdivisions, each with a unique character and spirit. As a result, the city provides rich rewards for those who tackle it on foot.

Important landmarks include the Leeds Art Gallery, Grand Theatre and several that center around Millenium Square, such as the Leeds City Museum, Town Hall and Leeds Civic Hall. The city is a notable hub for avant-garde musical acts and has a superb nightlife and festival scene. A vibrant student population ensures a steady and heavy stream of reliable pubs, clubs and bars spread out around town.

Attractions & Activities

  • Leeds City Museum
  • Leeds Town Hall
  • Leeds Civic Hall
  • Kirkstall Abbey
  • Thackray Museum
  • Leeds International Film Festival
  • Leeds Festival
  • Leeds Food and Drink Festival
  • Leeds International Pianoforte Competition
  • Leeds United Football
  • Restaurants & Nightlife

  • The Fourth Floor
  • Olive Press
  • All Bar One
  • The Angel's Share
  • Anthony's
  • Atrium
  • Elemental
  • Discotheque
  • Halo
  • HiFi
  • Climate

    Leeds is not that different from the rest of England, with mild, rainy weather for most of the year.

    • Winter (December to February) 0-7°C
    • Spring (March to May) 1.5-15°C
    • Summer (June to September) 8.5-20°C
    • Fall (October to November) 3-13°C

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    1 Leeds Marriott Hotel

    4 stars
    4.9 / 5 7 reviews

    4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane Map

    Rate includes breakfast

    The Marriott Hotel Leeds is centrally situated within walking distance of the city's bars, restaurants and shopping facilities, as well as the main business districts. Places worth a visit during a... More

    Christmas weekend break
    Lovely hotel, fantastic location, steak in the restaurant first class. Didn't have breakfast in the hotel, thought £10/12 a bit steep. We will do back for sure
    23 Dec 2014
    From US$84

    2 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre

    4 stars
    4.5 / 5 12 reviews

    Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach Map

    Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

    Boasting an enchanting location, the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre with its comfortable accommodation as well as splendid service creates an excellent place for business and leisure... More

    Convenient location
    Stayed here as we were attending a concert at the Leeds arena. Everything excellent (as usual) apart from breakfast and car parking costs. We hadn't booked breakfast and were told it would be an...
    24 Mar 2015
    From US$84

    3 Novotel Leeds Centre

    4 stars
    4.6 / 5 5 reviews

    4 Whitehall quay Map

    Rate includes Breakfast

    Boasting a central location, the Novotel Leeds Centre with comfortable accommodation is an ideal place to stay when you are in Leeds for business or pleasure. GeneralThis property offers 8... More

    Good stay
    Good hotel frendly staff good location. Every thing spot on
    30 Jun 2015
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    4 Park Plaza Leeds

    4 stars
    4.2 / 5 9 reviews

    Boar Lane City Square Map

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    The Park Plaza Leeds must be one of the city's best located hotels, being located in City Square - close to the Leeds Shopping Plaza Centre, the City Art Gallery, Royal Armouries Museum as well as... More

    Meeting family
    The room was an executive suite and was nice. The front desk staff were lovely unfortunately out of 5 days my room didn't get cleaned for 2 of those days and I had to keep asking for toiletries and...
    6 Sep 2015
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    5 Jurys Inn Leeds

    4 stars
    4.3 / 5 16 reviews

    Brewery Place Map

    Advance Purchase Rates

    Jurys Inn Leeds offers an unparalleled central location and excellent quality accommodation to make it perfect for both business and leisure travellers. General Jurys Inn boasts a dedicated... More

    Excellent hotel
    What you would hope for in a good chair hotel. Very comfortable room and attentive staff.
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    6 Holiday Inn Express LEEDS CITY CENTRE - ARMOURIES

    3 stars
    4.5 / 5 2 reviews

    Armouries Drive,Clarence Dock Map

    Offering a good location, this property attracts all type of guests for a pleasant and wonderful stay in Leeds. GeneralThis property offers 3 well equipped meeting rooms that can accommodate up to... More

    Room near the lift entrance
    My room was near the lift entrance . I know that there can be some noise staying in a hotels but this was unacceptable Unfortunately there was a lot of noise going on until 2 am. Then business men...
    6 Dec 2014
    From US$265

    7 Gateway Apartmements

    4 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    Marsh Lane Map

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    From US$111

    8 Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds

    4 stars
    4.4 / 5 12 reviews

    No. 1 The Light, The Headrow Map

    Boasting luxurious accommodation and cordial hospitality, the Radisson Blu Hotel Leeds is an excellent venue for leisure and business travellers. GeneralWith nine meeting rooms that can... More

    Weekend break
    First stop in a Raddison. Very nice hotel with a fabulous refrubed bar area. We received a free upgrade to business class upon aerial which was very nice. A few issues such as a leak in the...
    17 Jun 2015
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    9 Clayton Hotel, Formerly Bewleys Hotel Leeds

    3 stars
    4.6 / 5 21 reviews

    City Walk Map

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    Initially bad but turned out ok in the morning
    Bed mix up (given 3 singles instead of a double bed) asked reception and was quite rudely informed by the night porter? that I had in fact booked a room with 3 singles (even though my booking...
    30 Jul 2015
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    10 Holiday Inn Express LEEDS - CITY CENTRE

    3 stars
    5.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Cavendish Street,(Off Kirkstall Road) Map

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