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Leeds
Travel Guide

Corn Exchange showing street scenes and heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

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

Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds City Centre
Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds City Centre
4 out of 5
1 The Light The Headrow, Leeds, England
The price is HK$875 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Leeds City Center, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Anne's Roman Catholic Cathedral, O2 Academy Leeds, and Leeds General Infirmary. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (992 reviews)
"Very central. Staff extremely helpful"

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds City Centre
Dakota Leeds
Dakota Leeds
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,164 per night from 25 May to 25 May
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! (562 reviews)
"Brilliant service and staff and rooms were excellent with complimentary mini bar, Sky tv and the ability to play your own music through the entertainment. The bar had a really good vibe and cocktails were really good. Location is also great."

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2020

Dakota Leeds
Leeds Marriott Hotel
Leeds Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
4 Trevelyan Square Boar Lane, Leeds, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$828 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in Leeds City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holy Trinity Church and Leeds Grand Theatre. First Direct Arena and O2 Academy Leeds are ...
4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Great location very clean and new feel friendly staff comfy bed"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2020

Leeds Marriott Hotel
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Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
4 out of 5
The price is HK$655 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Castle Museum. York Dungeon and York Grand Opera ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,059 reviews)
"Very well organised with regard to Covid checks, so felt secure. We were visiting York as we were house hunting, and they were very polite in requesting proof of this. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
2.5 out of 5
The price is HK$617 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Situated in York, this spa cabin is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Yearsley Pool and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Bootham Crescent Stadium. York Minster and Shambles are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (38 reviews)
loved it
"Pod was comfortable and clean. Check in was very easy and good communication over email. Would happily stay again!"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
4 Bluebridge Court in York
4 Bluebridge Court in York
York, ENG
Situated in York, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican and York Castle Museum. Jorvik Viking Centre and Shambles are also within ...
4 Bluebridge Court in York
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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