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Leeds, in the picturesque Yorkshire county of England, is known for its music, sports and arts scene. During your Leeds holiday, you’ll find parks to relax in, museums to explore and a bevy of shopping spots to indulge in some retail therapy.

The unofficial capital of Yorkshire is home to several art galleries, museums and creative spaces. At Leeds Art Gallery, you can admire an impressive collection of modern and traditional British art or participate in one of the many events that take place here on a regular basis. You can also head to the Henry Moore Institute next door to observe its massive galleries housing sculpture exhibitions. The Tetley, a brewery-turned-contemporary art gallery, will give you a peek into the beer heritage of the city while the Royal Armouries Museum will offer immersive artillery exhibits.

When you visit Leeds, do set aside some time to visit the green spaces of the city. The sprawling Middleton Park has woodlands, a fishing lake, rose garden and several walking trails to explore. At Roundhay Park, you’ll find plenty of things to do – a variety of gardens, lakes suitable for wildlife viewing, sports grounds and more.

Leeds is a pedestrian-friendly city, which makes it ideal for walking to the many shopping spots dotted around the city. You can visit the shops and restaurants housed beneath the conservatory-like glass roof of Trinity Leeds or hop over to Leeds Kirkgate Market nearby to browse through the wares at its indoor and outdoor stalls.


From $108 per night

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From $311 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency £1 = $1.23
Language English
Average weekend price $145 per night
Average weekday price $136 per night
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Leeds is a great city for socialising.

September 24, 2023

Leeds is a great city for socialising. The restaurant, Friends of Ham around the corner from the Queens Hotel, was amazing! Really nice food and wine. The Brew Society close by was also a great location for good beers with a nice atmosphere.

Sonia United Kingdom

Our trip was to visit the Royal Armoury Museum.

September 21, 2023

Our trip was to visit the Royal Armoury Museum. This museum has armaments from around the world spread over 5 floors. The museum has talks throughout the day which were excellent. Museum was very good and we spent all day there. The museum is in the docks area which are clean and modern with eating places. We ate in Mumtaz restaurant which was clean, good service and good food. We had a quick walk around the city centre, a mixture of new and old architecture (the indoor market is in an old building, worth a look). People were pleasant and we found a couple of good pubs doing good ale and food. We wished we had another day there to look around further.


Great city

September 20, 2023

Great city I have stayed a few times due to family living in the area. My son has started university in Leeds and he loves the City as it is a very friendly place. If you like Indian food try Nawaab on Wellington road its fantastic.

Paul United Kingdom

Lots of roadworks, found driving around trying to find a...

September 13, 2023

Lots of roadworks, found driving around trying to find a carpark in the evening stressful. Satnav was confusing to follow. City seemed better in daylight. Visited Leeds for uni open day so didn't see much of the city itself but looked as though it had plenty of character. Would return to see more.

Kim United Kingdom

Leeds is a fantastic city with lots to see and do.

August 24, 2023

Leeds is a fantastic city with lots to see and do. A great selection of bars and restaurants and an attractive city centre and dock area. Just be careful of the accommodation you book as some of it is not as described!


Leeds is a fabulous multi cultural city with lots going on.

August 24, 2023

Leeds is a fabulous multi cultural city with lots going on. We've had staycations a couple of times a year for a long time. If you stay in the city centre everythings within walking distance. I clocked up 10km just during the day. There's lots of shopping opportunities, bargain buys and high end. The indoor and outdoor market have great quality meat, fish and fruit and veg as well as food outlets. There's a good John Lewis and the Victorian quarter area is unique with high end shops including Vivienne Westwood. There's lots of culture. I usually visit the art gallery but this time I visited the Leeds museum. A fantastic building with some interesting exhibitions. The Leeds story and 50 years of hip hop were very interesting. A live band was performing in front of Radisson blu called the live notes and the sound quality was superb. Great versions of Estelle and Alicia Keyes songs. Visited the Duck and Drake bar Saturday night, a great venue for bands with character. The band Perfect Shambles were brilliant. There's something for everyone in Leeds, which has pulled us back to visit all these years. The only negative is the City Council have had the City Centre full of roadworks for the past few years. The road in front of the Queens is closed but there are no coherent diversion road signs. The car sat nav tried to direct us into roadworks and the signs had us driving round in circles. The council are trying to promote cycling and walking but don't seem to care about tourists who drive into the city. The trains are totally unreliable so not an option. My top tip for drivers is put google maps on before you get to the city centre. It's the only thing which got us out of the nightmare of being stuck in traffic with no clue where to go.

DAWN United Kingdom

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