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Things to do in Leeds

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“The Royal Armouries is fabulous as it has free entry, is easily accessible and a marvellous day out, finish with a meal or drink and one of the many restuarants in the surrounding Dock area”
  • 39 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Huge mall with lifestyle and designer fashion shops, plus restaurants and 3-screen, arthouse cinema.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Only a 10 minute drive away. This is a very ancient abbey set next to a picturesque river. Perfect for picnics ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Leeds Art Gallery presents a dynamic exhibition programme and holds a significant collection of modern and contemporary British art. Free entry. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Beautifully restored Victoria theatre, great for touring musicals and plays and memorable nights out!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“you cant come to leeds and not visit! Short 20 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride ;)”
  • 21 locals recommend
Music Venue
“National and international live acts and shows, less than 10 mins by taxi or accessible by bus, in centre close to bars and restaurants”
  • 18 locals recommend
Nature
“Temple Newsam is great for people of all ages, has a lovely cafe, farm and great walking routes with incredible views. There is a country mansion believed to be over 500 years old (and haunted!) Which you can take tours around. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Theater
“Leeds Playhouse, one of the largest producing theatres in the north. We support local artists, engage with communities across West Yorkshire, and tell great stories. Their Christmas productions are excellent.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Slightly more adult style cinema where the seats are more like sofas and you can drink bottles of wine, beer etc. A bit more expensive and upmarket than your usual screaming children filled cinema's. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“Three floors including a roof terrace, craft ales, music venue, lively and fun. In the city centre.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Building
“Use the no 2 or no 12 bus to get into town. Service every 10 minutes at peak time.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Lodging
“It's a really nice building with lots of independent shops. Also good for a coffee.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bus Station
“This park has everything, kids area, large open spaces lakeside walks with are all free, lakeside cafe, mansion restaurant, over the road is tropical world which is great for kids (they have meerkats). Nice pub The Rounday Fox just nearby too”
  • 12 locals recommend
Zoo
“Its full of butterflies so great for kids and families . You can visit the cafe and then walk for hours in Roundhay Park, or take a picnic. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Store
“It's free and set in a lovely old Victorian building. Provides a fantastic look into the lives of Leeds people and how life has changed through the ages. They also have an authentic and perfectly preserved Egyptian mummy, a rare chance to see one of the few in the UK.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Clothing Store
“Leeds's Victoria Gate shopping centre, recently named as the best in the world at a prestigious international awards ceremony in France, features a flagship John Lewis store and many prestigious brands.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Food Truck
“Lively, colourful shopping centre space housing global street food restaurants and pop-up carts.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Casual eat and good drinks? yes please. It's all about vegetarian indian dish. My favs are paneer and mushroom tikka and okra fries. I love the mango beer, but some of friends like the pale ale better. Well, they have one for everyone, right? this place can go busy on dinner time, so prepare for a long waiting time if you aim for that.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Brazilian Restaurant
“Servers carve up to 15 types of grilled meat at your table with a wide range of salads & hot dishes”
  • 11 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Sukhothai Chapel Allerton Excellent food, service and decor, Slightly pricey though.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“The intimate pub feeling, the selection of drinks and snack. Oh, did I mention about their banoffee pie? If you visit The Reliance after a dine out somewhere else, skipped the dessert and get the pie here! Also, they do have a restaurant as well which offers you the next level of pub food.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Concise menu of world eats in large windowed upstairs room and sunken dance floored basement venue.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Great Kashmiri restaurant, with lovely views over the waterfront. Note before you go though, it doesn't serve alcohol.”
  • 7 locals recommend

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