We've teamed up with Visit Leeds to create our recommended itinerary of things to do on a getaway in Leeds.
With cultural staples like museums and art galleries to award-winning theatre all within the city centre, you're guaranteed to find something you love.
If retail therapy is more your thing, take a trip through one of Leeds' architecturally stunning shopping arcades where you can find luxury stores and unique independents.
A trip to Leeds wouldn't be complete without tucking into incredible food. There's plenty to choose from, even for the pickiest eater.
Where to stay in Leeds
Our top hotel pick in Leeds
Experience true luxury at the Dakota Deluxe hotel in Leeds. Treat yourself to stylish accommodations, exquisite dining, and impeccable service, all nestled in a prime location that combines sophistication with comfort.
Dakota Deluxe in Leeds will truly impress any traveller, from families to couples, everyone is well catered for here.
Best places to visit in Leeds
Experience the best of Leeds in a weekend getaway. Immerse yourself in the vibrant street art, explore historic landmarks like the Corn Exchange, indulge in culinary delights at Kirkgate Market, and delve into culture at Leeds Art Gallery. Unforgettable adventures await!
Step into the iconic Corn Exchange, a stunning Grade I-listed building filled with independent boutiques, eateries, and a vibrant atmosphere that showcases the city's unique creative spirit.
Indulge in luxury at the Victoria Quarter/Gate, a premium shopping destination housing high-end fashion brands in a beautifully restored setting, perfect for a sophisticated retail experience.
Glide along the scenic Leeds Canal aboard a Dutch water taxi, enjoying picturesque views and a unique perspective of the city as you effortlessly navigate through its charming waterways.
Immerse yourself in the world of theater at Leeds Playhouse, a dynamic venue hosting an array of captivating performances, from classic plays to innovative productions that ignite the imagination.
Embark on an artistic journey at Leeds Art Gallery, where a remarkable collection of British art from different eras awaits. Delve into thought-provoking exhibitions that ignite inspiration and offer captivating insights into the world of art.
Experience the grandeur of Harewood House, a magnificent stately home nestled amidst picturesque landscapes. Explore opulent interiors, stunning gardens, and an array of exhibitions, immersing yourself in history and natural beauty.
Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Blue Rinse Leeds, a renowned vintage clothing store. Discover a treasure trove of unique fashion finds, retro pieces, and eclectic accessories, perfect for adding a touch of nostalgia to your wardrobe.
Embark on Leeds Street Art Trail and be captivated by the vibrant urban art scene. Admire the striking mural "You & Me, Me & You," by Anthony Burrill among other captivating artworks, as you explore the city's creative spirit.
Fantastic places to eat in Leeds
Leeds, a food lover's paradise, boasts a multitude of dining options. From upscale establishments to hidden gems, the city offers an array of culinary delights. Whether you crave international flavors, traditional British fare, or innovative fusion dishes, Leeds has it all. Prepare to indulge in a remarkable dining experience like no other.
Satisfy your taste buds at Chow Down Leeds, a vibrant food and drink event that brings together a delectable array of local vendors, live music, and a lively atmosphere for a memorable dining experience.
Discover the vibrant heart of Leeds at Kirkgate Market. Immerse yourself in a bustling marketplace offering fresh produce, local delicacies, and hidden culinary gems at the Kirkgate Market Kitchen. A food lover's paradise awaits!
Cut and Craft in Leeds is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. With its rustic ambiance and delectable menu featuring expertly crafted burgers and craft beers, it promises a delightful dining experience.
What's on for Leeds in 2023
Immerse yourself in the dynamic cultural landscape of Leeds 2023, a year-long celebration of arts and creativity. Enjoy a diverse program of events, from captivating performances to thought-provoking exhibitions, showcasing the city's artistic prowess and inviting you to explore new horizons of cultural expression.
Experience the vibrant celebration of Leeds Carnival, a dynamic event showcasing the city's diverse Caribbean culture. Immerse yourself in colorful parades, lively music, and energetic performances that create an unforgettable atmosphere of joy and unity.
Take in the empowering art installation, Making a Stand, in Leeds. This thought-provoking display highlights important social issues, sparking conversations and inspiring positive change in the community through artistic expression and awareness. In Leeds until 2024.
Not only does the Smeaton 300 installation honor John Smeaton, but it also features a captivating observatory, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to gaze at the stars and explore the views of the night sky.
The Summer Solstice: Asian Music Festival in Leeds is a vibrant celebration of Asian music, culture, and art, bringing together diverse performances, delicious cuisine, and a joyful atmosphere for all to enjoy.
The Leeds International African Arts Festival is a dynamic cultural extravaganza showcasing the richness and diversity of African arts, music, dance, and heritage through captivating performances, workshops, and exhibitions.
All That Lives is a thought-provoking and emotionally powerful performance/festival by Leeds artist Ellie Harrison and Mexican artists Zion Art Studio. It explores themes of loss, grief, and resilience through a blend of storytelling, movement, and live music. Coming this November!
Leeds is a city that never rests, with a huge range of exciting events all year-round. From music festivals and art exhibitions to food markets and sporting events, there's always something to suit every taste and interest in Leeds.
How to get to Leeds
LNER offers frequent direct services to Leeds from London.
Relax in the comfort of your train seat as you go through picturesque landscapes at up to 125mph. Your journey will take 2 hours and 13 minutes*, not bad!
You will arrive at Leeds Station, which is conveniently located in the city center. Your adventure begins now.
Most places in Leeds are accessible on foot or bike, even by Water Taxi if needs must!
You can also travel from other places around the UK, like Edinburgh which LNER provides a direct service from too. Simply book here.
*Most common journey time between London King's Cross and Leeds, Monday to Friday.