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Looking for a city break or weekend away this Summer? Then Leeds is the ideal place. There's so much to see and do!
Discover your Unique  - Enjoy Leeds - Leeds Corn Exchange
Lonely Planet - Best in Europe - Leeds

Lonely Planet names Leeds one of Europe’s top destinations for summer 2017


Lonely Planet has named Leeds one of Europe’s top destinations for international travellers this summer. The city received the accolade in Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2017 list, which highlights the most exciting European destinations to visit this year.


Leeds earned its place among the ten travel destinations handpicked by Lonely Planet experts thanks to its transformation over the past decade, with urban regeneration accompanied by a flourishing cultural scene, growing food and craft beer reputation and thriving entertainment and nightlife.

Be bold and brave - Enjoy Leeds - Royal Armouries


This summer, Leeds has an abundance of events and attractions which are geared up to offer amazing entertainment for families. From city beaches to fantastic shows, and summer adventures at historic houses, there’s something the whole family will love in Leeds.

Watch the thrilling sword-fighting at the Royal Armouries and explore Ancient Rome at Leeds City Museum. Get up close with amazing creatures at Tropical World and feed the penguins at Harewood House. Enjoy the great outdoors of the nearby countryside and burn off steam at one of the stately homes gardens and playgrounds.

Look out for LeedsBID's branded deck chairs popping up across the city with animations to keep you entertained and, their big arrival, a 40ft screen situated on Wellington Place from 3-6 July screening Wimbledon.

With plenty to enjoy there are lots of reasons to visit Leeds with the family this summer.

find your inspiration

With theatres, galleries, museums and more finding your inspiration in Leeds comes easy!

Home to Northern Ballet and Opera North, Leeds has a thriving theatre scene which offers awe inspiring ballet, breath-taking opera, side-splitting comedy and feel good musicals. Film fans can enjoy the classic cinema experience in the historic Hyde Park Picture House or Cottage Road Cinema.

Spend the morning in contemporary art centre The Tetley then enjoy a stroll along the waterfront before stopping for lunch in one of the popular cafes.

The Henry Moore Institute is one of the city’s cultural highlights; call in for free to enjoy their latest sculpture exhibition. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the UK’s leading open air gallery, is in neighbouring Wakefield and the perfect way to spend an afternoon for lovers of the outdoors and art.

Find your inspiration - Enjoy Leeds - The Tetley
Feel the crowd - Enjoy Leeds - Leeds Festival


With more than 80 festivals every year, Leeds is the festival city! Leeds Festival is one of the UK’s best music festivals and sees people flock from all over the country to party with global artists in Bramham Park. You could win tickets too!

There’s nothing like Leeds West Indian Carnival for soaking up that festival atmosphere. Celebrating 50 years in 2017, the carnival parade will be a burst of colour with stunning creations and Caribbean treats.

Millennium Square will come to life when the Summer Series returns with an exciting range of events including Opera North performances, outdoor cinema screenings, free music, street food and the spectacular finale of Leeds Pride parade stage.


Not only is the shopping in Leeds some of the best in the country, it’s arguably the most beautiful too. Ornate arcades house quirky independent shops which you can spend hours discovering.

For designer buys head to the stunning Victoria Leeds; home to Victoria Gate and Victoria Quarter, here you’ll find luxury stores in a gorgeous setting.

Kirkgate Market, one of the biggest indoor markets in Europe, is a must see and is home to the largest collection of independent businesses while Leeds Corn Exchange has an iconic domed roof, showcasing a range of local delights.

Shopaholics will love Trinity Leeds, with all your favourite stores and plenty of places to relax with a coffee or a cocktail.

Discover your chic - Enjoy Leeds - Victoria Gate
Feed your passion - Enjoy Leeds - Iberica


Food lovers rejoice! Leeds is jam packed full of eateries with menus spanning the globe.

Kick start your day with a coffee from one of Leeds Corn Exchange’s independent cafes then fuel up with delicious street food at Kirkgate Market.

Enjoy food from around the world at Trinity Kitchen and try luxury taster menus at top quality restaurants.

More of a cocktail connoisseur? Enjoy your mojito with a spectacular view in the sunshine at one of Leeds’ rooftop bars.

Be sure to seek out the quirky independents and craft ale houses for a pint from Leeds own Brewery.

Leeds boasts an excellent range of accommodation, whether you're looking for a hotel, B&B or serviced apartment you're sure to find the perfect place to stay.

From the luxry of the Malmaison, to the comfort and quality of Clayton Hotel Leeds, to the stylish splendour of the Crowne Plaza; there's a hotel to suit everyone!

Located in the centre of the UK and accessible by road, rail and air, travelling to Leeds is easy!

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Corn Exchange - Credit Simon Dewhurst