Visit Leeds - Yorkshire's Capital City

Visit 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 shoppingsightseeing, 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.

Discover Leeds

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.

The Met Hotel Leeds

King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HQ, United Kingdom

Malmaison Hotel Leeds

Sovereign Quay / Bridge End, Leeds, LS1 4AG, United Kingdom

Clayton Hotel, Leeds

City Walk, Sweet Street, Leeds, LS11 9AT, United Kingdom

The Queens Hotel

City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ, United Kingdom

Novotel Leeds Centre

4 Whitehall, Whitehall Quay, Leeds, LS1 4HR, United Kingdom

The Butlers Hotel

40 Cardigan Rd, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3AG, United Kingdom

View more hotels in Leeds here.

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:

The Flying Legends Airshow

Leeds East Airport, Church Fenton, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS24 9SE, United Kingdom

Date & Time:

July 15th, 2023 8:00am

Jack Whitehall – Premium Package – the Mixer at First Direct Arena, Leeds

Clay Pit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8AR

Date & Time:

June 18th, 2023 6:00pm

Jack Whitehall – Premium Package – The Luxury Experience at First Direct Arena, Leeds

Clay Pit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8AR

Date & Time:

June 17th, 2023 6:00pm

To see more events in Yorkshire click here.

About Leeds

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:

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.

Leeds FAQ’s

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 and the Corn Exchange.

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 railway station is the third busiest outside of the capital.

Leeds on the map

Where next?

Leeds is a short drive away from Harrogate and Knaresborough – great places to have dinner after a long day shopping.