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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”
  • 38 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 ”
  • 29 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!”
  • 10 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
“West Yorkshire playhouse - has a whole host of theatre entertainment! Check out their website for what’s on!”
  • 16 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
“Leeds' original hipster hangout. The rooftop garden is worth the trip and they have excellent pizza (by the slice), burgers and loaded fries. Good for eclectic music and there is a gig room on the middle floor. ”
  • 18 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.”
  • 18 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
“Vegan/Vegetarian - Indian Street Food and Craft Beer hall located near the train station. Fab for sharing small dishes, and sampling small batch local beers. ”
  • 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.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“One of the longest running (and still best) gastro pubs in Leeds. It is close to a host of other bars and sits just on the edge of the centre. Great place for working with a coffee in the day time too!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cafe
“Varied programme of films, comedy, performance, with bar and food, plus other restaurants close by”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Concise menu of world eats in large windowed upstairs room and sunken dance floored basement venue.”
  • 7 locals recommend

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