Things to Do in Leeds

Leeds is a great place to spend a little time. If you are staying over, there's so many attractions in and around leeds city to keep you entertained, you may even consider extending your stay.

When it comes to shopping, Leeds has it all. For lovers of all things old, there are charity stops and vintage stores galore; if you're after the latest labels there's the Trinity Centre and the fashion boutiques of the Victoria Quarter. Kirkgate Market is a real treasure trove of discovery in Leeds, with over 600 stalls offering freshness, variety and value for money.

If you're after a spot of culture, take a walk around the Leeds City Art Gallery, the Henry Moore Institute and the Leeds City Museum. For theatre productions, live stand up and national shows, there's the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Grand Theatre, City Varieties and the Leeds Town Hall.

Take in a film at the Grade II listed Hyde Park Picture House with it's gas lighting and Edwardian balcony for a truly unique experience in Leeds - it shows a mix of new releases, art house movies and classics. The city also boats two multiplexes and the first Everyman cinema outside London. Leeds also has nightlife to suit every taste, with everything from jazz clubs and acoustic bars to huge name acts at the First Direct Arena.

If the weather is good, Kirkstall Abbey offers plenty of green, open space around beautiful old ruins. Roundhay Park is a beautiful public space in the north of the city, with lakes, woodland and a gorge. It's also home to Tropical World, with its butterfly house and exotic fish displays.

Leeds is also a springboard to the surrounding countryside of the Yorkshire Dales - gorgeous scenery just a stone's throw away. The picturesque village of Ilkley is an ideal place for walking, hiking or enjoying a delicious Sunday lunch - it's the quintessential Yorkshire village, and easily reachable by train.