A weekend in Leeds

Discover why this Yorkshire hub makes for a vibrant city break

With its lively atmosphere, upmarket shopping, and thriving sport, culture and nightlife, Leeds is a true 24/7 city with something to offer every visitor.

Although the commercial hub of West Yorkshire, don’t let Leeds' reputation for big business fool you – beneath its modern façade lies a city that’s steeped in history and heritage, with both civic pride and new-found prosperity visible in the grand Victorian buildings in the city centre.

Take a look at our selection of top-rated things to do, places to stay and restaurants to visit and discover why this Northern Powerhouse has all the components for a lively Weekend Escape.

Things to do

For a city of its size, Leeds is remarkably compact. The focal point of the city centre is Millennium Square, where you’ll find the Town Hall and several cultural institutions. Discover the incredible story of the city’s history at the Leeds City Museum before wondering down to explore the unique gallery spaces of Leeds Art Gallery.

Leeds is a famed shopper’s paradise, with plenty of opportunity to indulge in a spot of retail therapy. Find high street staples in the city’s vast shopping centre, Trinity Leeds, or spend an afternoon wandering the city’s historic arcades for more boutique options. If you find yourself needing to rest weary feet, there’s no shortage of independent cafés and eateries to refuel in.

If you’re looking for family-friendly days out, travel back to Victorian-era Leeds at the brilliantly interactive Abbey House Museum. Roundhay Park’s Tropical World also presents visitors with the chance to discover their inner explorers, with fabulous array of exciting and exotic animals to meet.

Although the city centre has more than enough to guarantee a memorable getaway, if you fancy escaping the bustle the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales is just a stone’s throw away. Embark on the Meanwood Valley Trail for the official Leeds link to the Dales Way.

We recommend

Abbey House Museum

Hotham’s Gin School & Distillery Bar

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds City Museum

Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House

Rural Leeds and the Meanwood Valley

Tropical World

Places to stay

From luxury apartments and boutique hotels to friendly guest houses and B&Bs, there’s no shortage of great accommodation to suit every traveller’s budget and needs.

We recommend

Clayton Hotel Leeds

Glengarth Guest House

Hinsley Hall

Malmaison Leeds

Park Plaza Leeds

Premier Inn Leeds City Centre

Quebecs Luxury Apartments

Where to eat

Leeds is a renowned foodie hotspot with lots of vibrant independent restaurants. Whichever cuisine takes your fancy – from cosy pub grub to cutting-edge experimental cooking – you’re almost certain to find it.

We recommend

Chez Mal Brasserie

Fourth Floor Café

Friends of Ham

HOME

Salvo’s Restaurant & Salumeria

The Duke of Wellington

The Man Behind the Curtain

Discover more weekend escapes