In town for a big footie match, or perhaps a round of golf? Whatever brings you here, Leeds is a great city for sports-lovers. And while Leeds United may not be experiencing quite the same levels of success of some of their Northern neighbours, the city is also home to Rugby legends the Leeds Rhinos as well as the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Another not-to-be-missed date on the Leeds sporting calendar is the Tour de Yorkshire, an exciting three-day road race that attracts millions of spectators each year.
One of the biggest clubs in UK football, Leeds United draws a massive crowd of passionate fans for their home games. Based at Elland Road, they currently play in the Championship, but even if you’re not able to nab some tickets for a big match, there are stadium tours to enjoy whenever United play at home.
With big prize money up for grabs, the Tour de Yorkshire is one of the most lucrative races in cycling and as such, it attracts some of the best teams from across the globe. Two million spectators line the route to cheer on the riders - and if you’re planning on being one of them, Leeds is a great place to use as your base.
A day spent watching a test match, or cheering on the local rugby team, really is something special. Home of both the Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Leeds Rhinos, Headingley is a big draw for tourists - and a must-see for sports lovers. And if no one is playing when you visit, soak up the history on a Stadium tour.
Made famous as being the host of the Ryder Cup in 1929, Moorhouse Golf Club is still one of the country’s finest Championship golf courses. Visitors are welcomed - and should the weather spoil the day, you can always take shelter in the clubhouse. Enjoy a coffee or something stronger, then take some shots of a different kind in the snooker room.
At12 miles from Leeds, a trip to Wetherby Racecourse is a great day out. With fixtures that run from October to June, you can have a flutter on the horses then spend your winnings on some of the hospitality Wetherby is famous for. But will you take a punt on a private suite or reign it in with a more informal meal in the White Rose Restaurant? Decisions, decisions!
From Leeds’ city centre to its leafy suburbs and beautiful surrounding countryside, you'll find lots of great hotels in Leeds. If you need to be central, try the First Direct Arena Hotel and Trinity Leeds Hotel, or Leeds City West for Elland Road. For those jetting in, check out Leeds/Bradford Airport hotel.