City Varieties Music Hall

Opening Times:

See website for shows, times and prices.


See website for shows, times and prices.

Contact Details:

Swan Street, Leeds, LS1 6LW

0113 2430808

City Varieties Music Hall

  • Accepts groups
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled toilets
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired

Established in 1865 as a room above a pub for the working class, The Varieties is Leeds’ hidden gem – and the Guinness World Record holder for the nation’s longest running music hall.

Despite numerous ownership and name changes, The City Varieties has remained virtually unchanged since the late 19th Century; she is a living, breathing homage to the music hall era. You can feel it, hear it, smell it. If you stop, take a breath and listen, she’ll tell you the story of the stars who have performed on her stage, from Houdini to Russell Crowe; the prince who hid in her balcony to secretly court a music hall queen; the baby born during pantomime and gifted free admission for life; the schoolchildren who would fire pea-shooters at the striptease acts; the renditions of Down at the Old Bull and Bush to close the BBC’s The Good Old Days; the funny man from Liverpool with his tickling stick; and the army of volunteers who have welcomed the people of Leeds through her front doors for over 155 years.

Barring a much-needed facelift in 2009-11, and the pandemic in 2020-21, The Varieties has never closed her doors. Audiences from far and wide still flock to see the brightest stars from comedy, music, variety and pantomime perform on her stage.

By car
City Varieties is located on Swan Street, a pedestrianised, cobbled alley linking Briggate with Lands Lane in Leeds city centre. Parking is available at several city centre car parks near the venue. There is no vehicle access to the building for customers, including Q-Park St Johns, Q-Park The Light, NCP The Core, Q-Park Albion Street, Templar and Edward Street, and Victoria Gate Multi Storey. All the car parks listed above have provision for Blue Badge holders. In addition, there are on-street parking bays for Blue Badge holders across Leeds city centre.
By train
City Varieties is around a 15 minutes’ walk from Leeds train station.
By other methods
City Varieties is around a 10 minutes’ walk from Leeds bus station. Buses to the centre also stop nearby on The Headrow, Vicar Lane and Boar Lane, all of which are within 5-10 minutes’ walk of the venue.