Leeds a place where you can enjoy classic and modern elements in and around the city. It is home to some beautiful countryside and a busy city centre.
You will find many independent venues of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops which are fantastic for a unique and creative experience in the city centre.
Home to one of the largest festivals in the UK, Leeds Festival brings in over 70,000 music fans and many fantastic bands/singers each year. The festival celebrates food, drink, music and culture in the heart of Leeds.
Places to visit
Roundhay Park is one of the biggest city parks in Europe and with over 700 acres of parkland it is a beautiful place to enjoy nature by taking a walk around or playing football, rugby, cricket and more. Leeds is home to the National Media Museum, where you can explore the technology of today. Their Animation Gallery allows you to explore the artwork and models of over 100 different animations and the TV gallery showcases the evolution of television through time. The National Media Museum also has temporary exhibitions each month, and if you’re lucky you can take part in the games and events they hold.
Leeds nightlife has something for everyone with many bars, clubs, sports bars, cafes and live music, you won’t want to stay in! Clubs play a variety of music genres such as techno, rock or pop, and you can head down to the many live events around the town at venues like The Stage or to the First Direct Arena for a host of different artists. If you’re not a fan of music or dancing, you could head to a sports bar like Roxy Ballroom where you still get the atmosphere just with the bonus of bowling. If you don’t fancy that you could head upstairs in Roxy Ballroom to play crazy golf at Swingers.
In Leeds you can enjoy a great range of different foods from lots of different places, giving you many new experiences. Try street food with the culinary masterpiece Trinity Kitchen, an indoor market with stalls and food trucks that alternate each month. From market stalls to restaurants, high street chains to fine dining, Leeds has food for everyone!
Vintage shops are all over Leeds, with lots of unique styles for people to choose from. Such shops include Blue Rinse and Pop Boutique. Head to some of the charity shops around town, to bag yourself a bargain. Fairs are held each month where you can find gorgeous clothing or furniture items at incredibly low prices.
Leeds has something for the higher end shopper with the Victoria Quarter where you will be spoilt for choice. It is home to many designer shops such as Calvin Klein and Harvey Nichols. If you would rather have all your shopping done at once, then you could travel down to the White Rose Shopping Centre which is only a ten-minute drive from the city centre.
The bus in Leeds is the main public transportation for residents as it is cheap, especially if you ask the driver for a First Day ticket costing £4.00 allowing you to travel on any First Leeds bus for the day after 9:30. There is also a train that can take you around Leeds or for longer journeys to places like the airport. Leeds Bradford Airport and Manchester Airport are less than an hour away from the city centre, so you can travel with ease to various different locations.