Discover Leeds – Find a world of culture, art and shopping in this impressive city, steeped in culture. Leeds is West Yorkshire’s beating heart, and is the biggest city in all of Yorkshire.
Yorkshire’s 21st century capital offers everything you would expect from one of the UK’s leading cities, and more. Visit for a weekend and you’ll be rewarded with some of Britain’s best shopping, sightseeing, sport, art, culture and nightlife.
Within Leeds, you will find a vibrant student area around the sporting venues in Headingley, as well as an amazing city centre, served by a main line train station, for arrival and onward travel.
Venture slightly further afield from the city of Leeds and you will come to Otley and Wetherby – two of Yorkshire’s most picturesque towns.
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A shopper’s paradise awaits with all the big high street retailers, markets and many more designer boutiques fill the multiple shopping centres and arcades and that reside in the centre.
The nightlife is what Leeds is truly famed for, visit Call Lane for edgy bars and music, Greek Street for cocktails or check out one of the many rooftop bars looking over the skyline filled with breathtaking architecture. If you’re looking for a spot off the beaten track there are many independent hidden gems all around the city!
If hitting the bars isn’t your cup of tea, there are acclaimed art galleries, the Grand Theatre and Opera House that show award-winning national theatre and dance companies. They sit right in the city centre if a cultural excursion is what you’re seeking.
Leeds is easily accessible by public transport with a train station in the heart of the city centre.
Hotels in Leeds
If you prefer a more homely option, try Bed & Breakfasts or holiday apartments in Leeds.
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Things to do in Leeds
Leeds is a vibrant city with a full range of attractions from grand theatre productions and fine dining through to country houses and beautiful golf courses:
There’s many more attractions in and around Leeds. Click here to view them all.
Events in Leeds
Here are some events taking place in and around Leeds – all the biggest acts have played here – alongside community events and new bands:
PET SHOP BOYS at First Direct Arena, LeedsClay Pit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8AR
Date & Time:March 7th, 2025 6:30pm
PETER KAY LIVE at First Direct Arena, LeedsClay Pit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8AR
Date & Time:December 5th, 2026 6:30pm
MICHAEL MCINTYRE at First Direct Arena, LeedsClay Pit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8AR
Date & Time:November 24th, 2023 6:00pm
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Leeds is the biggest city in West Yorkshire. On the south bank of the River Aire, the Royal Armouries houses the national collection of arms and artillery. Across the river, the redeveloped industrial area around Call Lane is famed for bars and live music venues under converted railway arches, known locally as the Dark Arches. Leeds Kirkgate Market features hundreds of indoor and outdoor stalls.
Pictures of Leeds
The owl is the symbol of Leeds – you’ll see it in much of the architecture of the city, alongside grand new building schemes and historic works:
What is Leeds most famous for?
Leeds is well known for being the location where carbonated water was invented in the 1760s. Today, Leeds is known for its many shopping arcades, such as Kirkgate Market.
Is Leeds a nice place to live?
The city is the largest legal and financial centre in the country outside of London, and Leeds central station is the third busiest outside of the capital.
Leeds on the map
Leeds is a short drive away from Harrogate and Knaresborough – great places to have dinner after a long day shopping.