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A hotbed of cultural opportunities and the gateway to the Yorkshire region. Are you looking for things to do in Leeds? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.


Leeds is a thriving, passionate city for all people. Rich in culture and heritage, it's a vibrant city with so much to discover and something for everyone to enjoy. The fast-paced, buzzing city centre with its numerous shopping arcades, museums and art galleries is complemented by stunning local countryside, including the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, which lie within easy reach. By night, Leeds really comes alive with its wide array of restaurants, bars, clubs and other entertainment. There is a broad range of cultural attractions, including theatre, opera and ballet companies, with something to appeal to every taste.

Known for...   Industrial Revolution, Billy Bremner, Shopping, Headingley Cricket Ground, River Aire, University of Leeds, Leeds Corn Exchange, Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds United FC and Roundhay Park


Did you know...

  • Leeds is a UFO spotting hotspot, with more sightings since 1961 than anywhere else in Britain.
  • Leeds is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with greenbelt land covering over two-thirds of its total area.
  • About a third of all UK Internet traffic is hosted in Leeds, the UK's first fully broadband and digitally wired-up city with more ISDN lines per head of population than any other major city - in the world.



 

  Attractions

Leeds Cathedral

Leeds Cathedral is one of the finest Catholic Cathedrals in England. Saint Anne's Cathedral is situated in the heart of the city.
Cathedral House, Great George Street
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS2 8BE

 

Northern Belle Dining Experience For Two

Dine in style on the magnificent Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, the Northern Belle.
Leeds
LS1 1PJ

 

Leeds Corn Exchange

Stunning historic building now home to a number of fine eateries and unique independent retailers. Great fun to visit.
Call Lane
Leeds
LS1 7RB

01132340363

 

Thwaite Mill

Fully restored working watermill in a riverside setting, one of the last examples in Britain of a water-powered mill.
Thwaite Lane
Leeds
LS10 1RP

01132762887

 

Bramham Park

Stately home set in 150 acres.
Bramham Park
Wetherby
LS23 6ND

01937846000

 

Lotherton Hall

Beautiful Georgian stately home and gardens.
Off Collier Lane
Aberford
LS25 3EB

01132813259

 

Middleton Railway

World's oldest working railway. Enjoy a vintage steam train journey and a great family day out.
Moor Road Railway Station
Leeds
LS10 2JQ

08456801758

Recommended by Will Carter, Leeds

 

Temple Newsam

One of the most celebrated historic houses in the country, this Tudor-Jacobean mansion has over forty restored rooms open to view.
Selby Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS15 0AD

Recommended by Jerry Drew, Leeds

 

Tropical World

One of Leeds’ most popular family attractions. It is home to an impressive collection of animals.
Princes' Avenue
Roundhay Park
Leeds
LS8 1DF

 

Leeds Botanical Gardens Tour

Guided tours are available for groups around some of Leeds’ botanical gems including the award winning Chelsea Flower Show Gardens.
Roundhay Park
Roundhay
Leeds
LS8 2ER

 

None Go Bye Farm

Family run farm, farm shop, outside animal area and indoor barn.
Otley Old Road, Horsforth
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS18 5HZ

01132842206

Recommended by Rachel Wilson, Pudsey
“It's free entry!! The staff are lovely and always welcoming, they have a good variety of animals which you can feed (food bags only 50p each) basic, but good farm shop and little picnic area which I believe is being extended :-) lovely free family trip”

 

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

A working farm with a wide variety of animals and a major centre for community and environmental work.
Sugar Well Road
Leeds
LS7 2QG

 

Kirkstall Abbey

Welcome to Kirkstall Abbey, one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain.
Kirkstall
Leeds
LS5 3EH

Recommended by Keith, Wiltshire
“Interesting history centre and abbey remains to explore”

 
 

  Children's Activities

Junior Quad Bike Thrill

A quad bike driving experience…off road style. A really fun day out for your kids.
Leeds
LS1 1PJ

 

Day At Diggerland For Two

A great day out for two at Diggerland, the unique theme park which is all about dumper trucks, mini diggers and giant diggers.
Leeds
LS1 1PJ

 
 

  Museums

Royal Armouries Museum FREE

The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour. Fascinating historical day out for all the family.
Armouries Drive
Leeds
LS10 1LT

01132201999

Recommended by Brian Gable, Sheffield

 

Leeds City Museum FREE

Experience a world of discovery.. explore four floors of interactive and exciting galleries.
Millennium Square
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS2 8BH

 

Armley Mills Industrial Museum

Step back in time to discover the industrial history of Leeds at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.
Canal Road
Leeds
LS12 2QF

 

Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum is just a short distance from Kirkstall Abbey and its stunning park.
Abbey Walk
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS5 3EH

 

Thackray Medical Museum

The Thackray Medical Museum is one of the UK’s largest medical museums.
141 Beckett Street
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS9 7LN

Recommended by Ben Hodges, Leeds

 

Leeds Industrial Museum

Fascinating look at Leeds rich industrial heritage, housed in Armley Mills which were once the world's largest woollen mill.
Canal Road
Leeds
LS12 2QF

01132637861

 
 

  Parks

Ledston Luck FREE

This site is easy to drive right by, but then you would be missing out on a quiet haven.
Ridge Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS25 7BF

 

Farnley Hall Fish Pond Local Nature Reserve FREE

The pond is surrounded by a small but mature broad-leaved woodland, and the whole site is a haven for wildlife.
Off Hall Lane
Farnley
Leeds
LS12 5BD

 

Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve FREE

Surprisingly green, quiet and relatively undisturbed mix of wetland, meadow and young woodland copse with great views of the River.
Redcote Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS4 2AW

 

Middleton Park FREE

Situated 4 miles from the city centre in urban south Leeds. Of its 470 acres, 200 are ancient woodland and designated nature reser.
Middleton Park Road
Leeds
LS10 3TN

 

Rothwell Country Park FREE

Rothwell Country Park provides a much needed oasis for quiet recreation and enjoyment which is of value to wildlife and people.
Bullough Lane, Rothwell Colliery
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS26 0JY

 

Potternewton Park FREE

Relax with a leisurely stroll around the formal parkland and enjoy the colourful bedding schemes or enjoy a picnic in the park.
Harehills Lane
Leeds
LS7 4HB

 

Breary Marsh Local Nature Reserve FREE

Most diverse example of a wet valley alder wood and associated floodplain habitat known in West Yorkshire.
Off Otley Road
Bramhope
Leeds
LS16 8BQ

 

Meanwood Park FREE

Incorporates the Meanwood Valley trail and joins the Meanwood Valley Nature Reserve, one of Leeds's best loved open spaces.
Green Road
Meanwood
Leeds
LS6 4LA

 

Sherburn Willows Nature Reserve FREE

Enjoy colourful pasture where butterflies feed on the pink starbursts of greater knapweed flower heads, birds sing from the scrub.
New Lane
Sherburn-in-Elmet
North Yorkshire
LS25 6AN

 

Bramley Park FREE

Bramley Park is 4 miles west of Leeds city centre and is approximately 15 hectares in area.
Westover Road
Bramley
Leeds
LS13 3PG

 

Golden Acre Park FREE

Approximately 55 hectares of gardens and mature woodland surrounding an attractive lake which is home to many species of wildfowl.
Off Arthington Road
Bramhope
Leeds
LS16 8BQ

 

Adel Dam Nature Reserve FREE

A tranquil nature reserve tucked out of sight, has emerged from a centuries-old working dam and the surrounding land.
Next to Golden Acre Park
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS16 8BX

 

Meanwood Valley Local Nature Reserve FREE

A mosaic of important wildlife including woodland, lowland heath, meadow, watercourses and ponds.
Green Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS6 4LD

 

Hetchell Wood Nature Reserve FREE

A mix of woodland, species rich grassland and wet flushes, Hetchell Wood provides a tranquil retreat on the edge of the city.
Milner Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS23 6NA

 

Horsforth Hall Park FREE

Horsforth Hall Park is a large community park about six miles north-west of Leeds city centre.
Hall Lane
Horsforth
Leeds
LS18 5JE

 

Farnley Hall Park FREE

Farnley Hall Park is four miles west of Leeds city centre and approximately 16 hectares in area.
Hall Lane
Farnley
Leeds
LS12 5HA

 

Middleton Woods Local Nature Reserve FREE

The largest remaining ancient woodland site in West Yorkshire.
Middleton
Leeds
LS11 5TU

 

Roundhay Park FREE

Roundhay Park is one of the most popular parks in Leeds due to its size, grandeur and array of things to do and see.
Park Cottages
Leeds
LS8 2ER

01132661850

 
 

  Galleries

Leeds Art Gallery FREE

Located in the city centre and free of charge, the art gallery offers an inspiring and fun visit for all ages.​.
The Headrow
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 3AA

Recommended by Peter and Jane Ball, Harrogate

 

Leeds City Art Gallery

Newly refurbished city centre gallery.
The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 3AA

 

Henry Moore Institute Museum Of Sculpture

Weird and wonderful sculptures, host to internationally renowned art exhibitions.
74 The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 3AH

01132467467

 
 

  Bowling

1st Bowl Leeds

Tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
Merrion Centre
Merrion Way
LS2 8BT

 

Hollywood Bowl

Ten Pin Bowling.
Warner Village
Kirkstall Road
LS4 2DG

01132799111

 
 

  Cinema

Everyman Cinema

Charming, independent cinema in the heart of the city.
Albion Street
Leeds
LS1 5AT

 

Hyde Park Picture House

Independent cinema.
73 Brudenell Road
Leeds
LS6 1JD

01132752045

 

Vue Cinema Leeds The Light

Multi-screen cinema.
22 The Light
The Headrow
LS1 8TL

03453084620

 

Vue Cinema Leeds Kirkstall

Multi-screen cinema.
Cardigan Fields
Kirkstall Road
Leeds
LS4 2DG

03453084620

 
 

  Theatre

Northern Ballet

Inventive dance company in the heart of the city.
Quarry Hill
Leeds
LS2 7PA

 

West Yorkshire Playhouse

City centre theatre with eclectic programme.
Quarry Hill
Leeds
LS2 7UP

 

Grand Theatre

Leeds premier theatre.
46 New Briggate
Leeds
LS1 6NZ

08448482706

 

Opera North

Award Winning Opera Company.
46 New Briggate
Leeds
LS1 6NU

01132450780‎

 
 

  Live Music

Brudenell Social Club

Much loved intimate live music venue.
33 Queens Road
Headingley
LS6 1NY

01132752411

 

The Cockpit

Intimate Live Music Venue.
Swinegate
Leeds
LS1 4AG

01132441573

 

O2 Academy

Premier live music and entertainment venue.
55 Cookridge Street
Leeds
LS2 3AW

01133891555

 

City Varieties Music Hall

Longest continuous running music hall in Great Britain.
Swan Street
Leeds
LS1 6LW

08456441881

 

Leeds University Union Stylus

Events in Leeds at the University Union - Stylus are always in high demand.
Lifton Place
Leeds
LS2 9JT

 

Leeds Metropolitan University Concerts

Events in Leeds at the Leeds Metropolitan University are always in high demand.
Calverley Street
Leeds
LS1 3HE

 
 

  Comedy

The Highlight

Leeds best loved comedy club.
The Cube
Albion Street
LS2 8ER

01132471759

 
 

  Golf

Sand Moor Golf Club

Golf Club.
Alwoodley Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS17 7DJ

 

Leeds Golf Centre

Golf Club.
Wike Ridge Lane
Shadwell
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS17 9JW

 

Moor Allerton Golf Club

Golf Club.
Coal Road
Wike
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS17 9NH

 

Leeds (Cobble Hall) Golf Club

Golf Club.
Elmete Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS8 2LJ

 

Gott's Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Armley Ridge Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS12 2QX

 

Horsforth Golf Club

Founded in 1906, Horsforth Golf Club, is situated approx. 6 miles northwest of Leeds city centre and lies close to Leeds Bradford International Airport.
Layton Road
Horsforth
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS18 5EX

 

Scarcroft Golf Club

Golf Club.
Syke Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS14 3BQ

 

Middleton Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Middleton Park
Middleton
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS10 3TN

 

Moortown Golf Club

Golf Club.
Harrogate Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS17 7DB

 

Headingley Golf Club

Golf Club.
Back Church Lane
Adel
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS16 8DW

 

South Leeds Golf Club

Golf Club.
Gypsy Lane
off Middleton Ring Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS11 5TU

 

Garforth Golf Club

Golf Club.
Long Lane
Garforth
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS25 2DS

 
 

  Leisure centres

Nature's Own

Nature's Own offer a wide range of Vitamin and Mineral supplements delivered directly to your door.
Leeds
LS1 1PJ

 

Virgin Active Leeds, The Light

Health club and gym.
The Light
The Headrow
LS1 8TL

01132337500

 

The Gym

Health and fitness. No contract required.
Core Shopping Centre
The Headrow
LS1 6JD

08443843170

 

Pure Gym

Affordable health and fitness centre.
4 Cloth Hall Street
Leeds
LS1 2HD

08450773252

 

JumpArena

Indoor Trampoline Park.
Redcote Lane
Leeds
LS4 2AL

01132635951

 

David Lloyd

Tennis, health and fitness club.
Tongue Lane
Moortown
LS6 4QW

01132034000

 

John Charles Centre For Sport

50m swimming pool, tennis centre, fitness centre, indoor bowls and much, much more.
Middleton Grove
Leeds
LS11 5DJ

01133950000

 
 

  Karting

Pole Position

Indoor karting centre.
South Accommodation Road
Leeds
LS10 1NQ

08451260613

 
 

  Paintball

Paintball Leeds

The Leeds paintball site offers several great paintball game scenarios and game zones.
Blackgen Woods
South Approach
LS24 9NN

 
 

  Climbing

City Bloc Leeds

Indoor climbing and bouldering centre.
Kitson Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS10 1NT

01133912652

Recommended by Mitch Gurney, Leeds

 

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