Visit Leeds - Yorkshire's Capital City

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 shoppingsightseeing, sport, art, culture and nightlife.

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

Leeds Marriott Hotel

4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6ET, United Kingdom

The Queens Hotel

City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ, United Kingdom

Crowne Plaza Hotel Leeds

Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4DL

Malmaison Hotel Leeds

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

Hazlewood Castle Hotel & Spa

Paradise Lane, Hazlewood, Tadcaster, LS24 9NJ, United Kingdom

The Vulcan Experience

186 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PR

View more hotels in Leeds here.

Things to do in Leeds

Porsche Leeds

The Boulevard, City One West Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6AA

Whiteley’s Farm

Houghside Road, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 9JJ

Leeds City Museum

Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH

Carnegie Great Outdoors

Leeds Beckett University, South Lodge, Headingley Campus, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3QH

The Stables at Weetwood Hall

Weetwood Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PS

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:

In Celebration of Mugs

The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB

Date & Time:

January 14th, 2023 10:00am

Still Print Exhibition

The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB

Date & Time:

February 25th, 2023 10:00am

Feather and Fur

The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB

Date & Time:

February 4th, 2023 10:00am

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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

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.

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.

Where next?

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