Welcome to Visit Leeds

Welcome to Leeds

Enjoy one of England's great cities. From its independent retailers and thriving markets, to its fine fresh food, family attractions, ballet, opera, art and concerts by some of the world's top performers. A fantastic range of quality hotels for you to choose from to match your style and budget. Leeds is a city full of experiences, easy to explore and there to be discovered.

Rugby World Cup Leeds

Leeds is a Host City for Rugby World Cup 2015 and will be hosting two international games at Elland Road during the pool rounds.

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Welcome to Leeds, Yorkshire's unofficial capital. Our city is easy to enjoy and ripe to discover, with a neat, walkable city centre and lots to discover. There's an irresistible mix of old and new, providing the ideal environment for exploration and adventure.

 

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Leeds will host the finale of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire 1st to 3rd May. Plan your visit today to make sure you're on the finish line! 

 

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Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi

Wed 18 - Sat 28 Feb 2015

After the dark, suicidal angst of La vida breve, Gianni Schicchi is the perfect companion piece – a satyr play played out around the death-bed of a rich man

La Vida Breve

La Vida Breve

Wed 18 - Sat 28 Feb 2015

From the composer of the orchestral showpiece Nights in the Gardens of Spain and the popular ballet The Three-Cornered Hat comes this irresistibly exuberant opera.

One Day, Something Happens

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People

Fri 6 Feb - Sun 24 May 2015

This exhibition explores the everyday theatricality of the body through paintings of the human figure

The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro

Sat 24 Jan - Fri 27 Feb 2015

It’s Figaro’s wedding day, and, to add to the usual worries, Figaro learns that his master, the Count, is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

Wed 4 Mar 2015

The five-time GRAMMY winner and international superstar is performing at first direct Arena 4th March 2015!

Credit Guy Farrow

Romeo and Juliet - Northern Ballet

Wed 4 - Thu 12 Mar 2015

Remember the first time you fell in love? Jean Christophe Maillot’s Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s Romeo and Juliet is performed in the UK.

The Black Keys

The Black Keys

Thu 5 Mar 2015

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, otherwise known as The Black Keys, will be bringing their blend of blues and garage rock to the first direct arena March 2015 as part their Turn Blue world tour.

Thunder coming to first direct Arena

Thunder

Thu 12 Mar 2015

British rock band Thunder will be coming to the first direct arena Thursday 12th March.

The Australian Pink Floyd

The Australian Pink Floyd

Fri 13 Mar 2015

The Australian Pink Floyd Show will be bringing their incredible live show back to the first direct arena with a sensational new tour.

Credit Bill Cooper

Northern Ballet's 45th Anniversary Sapphire Gala

Sat 14 Mar 2015

Join Northern Ballet to celebrate their 45th anniversary with a special Sapphire Gala featuring international guest artists from The Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre amongst others.

Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading

Sun 22 Mar 2015

Over her 42 years of touring Joan Armatrading has never done a solo world tour. For her last Major tour she has decided this is the perfect time to perform her first ever full scale solo concerts.

Dara O Briain

Dara O Briain

Wed 25 - Fri 27 Mar 2015

Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today

Credit Harewood House Trust

A Gift from the Whole Nation

Fri 3 Apr - Sun 1 Nov 2015

From April until November 2015, Harewood House is hosting an exhibition ‘A Gift from the Whole Nation’, where over 70 examples of these very special gift boxes will be on display on the State Floor in the main house.

Twelve Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men

Tue 7 - Sat 11 Apr 2015

Following its record-breaking West End run this new production of Twelve Angry Men brings to the stage the taut brilliance of the 1957 three-time Academy Award-nominated film, considered to be one of the great 'must-see' movies of all time.

Lee Nelson

Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted

Fri 10 Apr 2015

well as his own BBC Three series Lee Nelson's Well Good Show, Nelson has appeared on Al Murray's ITV1 sketch show Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder and has performed on Live at the Apollo.

Barnum - photo by Johan Persson

Barnum

Tue 14 - Sat 25 Apr 2015

‘Barnum’s the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!’

Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi: Because I’m Shappi…..

Thu 30 Apr 2015

After being knocked up like a 1950's teenager Shappi missed 2013, but now she is back and it's forward march. Reflecting on the good things, she celebrates her haphazard, zigzag towards her dreams.

Live At Leeds

Live at Leeds

Fri 1 - Mon 4 May 2015

Winner of Best Metropolitan Music Festival at the UK Festival Awards, Live at Leeds is an annual city centre music festival held across a variety of unique venues in Leeds during the first bank holiday weekend in May.

Carousel

Carousel

Wed 13 - Sat 23 May 2015

Carousel is a story of love, loss and the possibility of redemption. Fairground barker Billy Bigelow is quick to anger, but he is loved by a woman, Julie Jordan, who keeps faith with him despite his flaws.

Leeds Food and Drink Festival

Leeds Food and Drink Festival

Fri 22 May - Sun 7 Jun 2015

The annual Leeds Food and Drink Festival embodies the spirit of Leeds, bringing together local businesses, residents and visitors in a two-week celebration of the city and the region’s finest food and drink.

Credit Kate McMillan

Slam Dunk Festival

Sat 23 May 2015

#SDF15 takes over a chunk of Leeds City Centre (Millennium Square, O2 Academy, Leeds Beckett University, as well as the surrounding areas) to bring you the best there is to offer in Pop Punk, Ska, Punk and Hardcore.

Picture by Hugh Glendinnimng

The King’s Speech

Tue 26 - Sat 30 May 2015

The West End play which inspired the Oscar-winning film. This is a prestigious co-production between Birmingham Rep and Chichester Festival Theatre.

Dr Who

Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular

Wed 27 May 2015

Featurin over 100 performers, the live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the past 50 years of Doctor Who.

Investec Test Match - England v New Zealand

Fri 29 May - Tue 2 Jun 2015

The 2nd Investec Test match, England v New Zealand, will take place from Friday 29 May – Tuesday 02 June 2015

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24 January 2015 to 27 February 2015

The Marriage of Figaro at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 24 Jan - Fri 27 Feb 2015It’s Figaro’s wedding day, and, to add to the usual worries, Figaro learns that his master, the Count, is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna

18 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

La Vida Breve at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 18 - Sat 28 Feb 2015From the composer of the orchestral showpiece Nights in the Gardens of Spain and the popular ballet The Three-Cornered Hat comes this irresistibly exuberant opera.

18 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Gianni Schicchi at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 18 - Sat 28 Feb 2015After the dark, suicidal angst of La vida breve, Gianni Schicchi is the perfect companion piece – a satyr play played out around the death-bed of a rich man

06 February 2015 to 24 May 2015

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People at Leeds Art GalleryFri 6 Feb - Sun 24 May 2015This exhibition explores the everyday theatricality of the body through paintings of the human figure

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