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Welcome to Leeds

Leeds is a magnet for shoppers, culture vultures and foodies alike


  • Over 1,000 shops
  • 4 major theatres and an arena
  • Over 300 bars and restaurants
  • One of Europe's largest covered markets
  • More than 16 museums and galleries
  • Ballet and Opera companies
With over 1,000 shops, you’re never far from a superb retail experience.
Fans of the high street can hit Trinity Leeds, or if you’re looking for luxury brands head to Victoria Leeds, home to Victoria Gate and the Victoria Quarter. Vintage goods and boutique shops can be found aplenty in Leeds Corn Exchange, or stop by Leeds Kirkgate Market to browse the vast array of independent stalls.
Kirkstall Abbey

Leeds is also within easy reach of some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside.

There are two National Parks on the doorstep, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, offering endless opportunities to explore dramatic and diverse landscapes – as highlighted by the routes of Grand Départ of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire cycle races.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair at Leeds Corn Exchange
If culture is your thing, Leeds doesn’t disappoint.
Highlights include Harewood House, The Royal Armouries, Temple Newsam, The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds City Museum, Kirkstall Abbey and the Leeds Art Gallery. The city also boasts its own ballet and opera companies, along with several theatres and the iconic first direct arena. 2015 saw Leeds play host to the British Art Show 8, cementing the city’s credentials as an art destination.
Cycling in the countryside - Richard Moran Photography Ltd
Friends of Ham - Credit Diana Jarvis - Visit England

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to network or let your hair down, there’s a rich abundance of nightlife to enjoy in Leeds.  From cocktails served with panoramic city views to diverse DJ sets and the best in live music, the city caters to every taste after dark. So whether you like it laid back or lively, there’s always somewhere to carry on the party.

Leeds is now a Purple Flag accredited city, indicating the nightlife in Leeds is entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable.

Billy Bremner Statue outside Elland Road

Leeds has a truly vibrant food and drink scene, offering an ever-changing menu. With flavours to savour and tastes to tantalise, you can tuck into traditional Yorkshire fare, the finest French cuisine, hearty Brazilian dishes and zingy Thai delights to name just a few.

In fact whatever kind of food you fancy, you can eat your way around the world, from restaurants with starched white tablecloths to authentic street food stalls in the Trinity Kitchen. So be sure to bring your appetite.

Cocktails - Be At One

There’s all the sport anyone one could hope to see in Leeds, from international cricket at Headingley Stadium to Championship football at the iconic Elland Road.

Following on from the phenomenal Grand Départ of the Tour de France, the first ever Tour De Yorkshire cycle race saw thousands flock here. While other major sporting events coming to the city include international cricket and the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathalon Leeds for the second time.