Leeds is a busy city with a great atmosphere and plenty of fun things to do during a weekend break. From museums and stately homes like Harewood House, to lively shopping malls like the Trinity Shopping Centre – Leeds has something for everyone. Leeds has fantastic parks and outdoor spaces like Roundhay Park, and the northern boundaries of the Peak District are under an hour’s drive away. Leeds is also the home of Leeds United FC, based at Elland Road stadium.
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Top 8 things to do in Leeds
With so much to do in the city, Leeds is great for weekend breaks for couples, families and visitors looking to see more of the UK. Below you’ll find some of our top tips for a Leeds weekend break.
Harewood House is an exquisite 18th century Georgian house with grounds covering over 100 acres of lush parkland. Visit Harewood House’s massive gallery, tour its stately rooms and even feed penguins and other exotic birds in the Bird Garden. Harewood House is only a 20-minute drive from our Leeds Headingley hotel.
2. Discover Leeds’ art and culture
Leeds is home to great museums like Leeds City Museum, which exhibits everything from Roman mosaics to Greek tombs, and the Royal Armouries Museum near the city centre, with fascinating exhibitions on the history of war, including weapons and armour from eras past.
3. Have a great night out in Leeds city centre
With an electric atmosphere and a lively party scene, there’s some fantastic places for nights out in Leeds. Vice & Virtue near our Leeds Arena hotel serves delicious cocktails in a cool, contemporary atmosphere. For a more laidback evening, try The Cross Keys pub on Water Lane, with local ales and a cosy fireplace. For clubs visit Pryzm on Merrion Street with great house, R&B and disco tracks, or try Mission at Heaton’s Court with three floors of brilliant music.
4. Find high-street bargains at Trinity Leeds
Trinity Shopping Centre is full of designer stores, independent boutiques and high-street chains. Buy a new outfit, watch a film at the Trinity Leeds Everyman cinema and see the Briggate Minerva and Equus Altus sculptures, as well as other beautiful works of art.
5. Visit Leeds’ foodie markets
Leeds has an eclectic food scene with culinary delights ranging from adventurous new treats to exciting spins on classics. Trinity Kitchen at the Trinity Shopping Centre is an innovative food court with delicious street food. Kirkgate Market and Briggate Farmers’ Market have stalls from around the world with great delicacies to be found.
6. Enjoy a show at Leeds Grand Theatre
The Leeds Grand Theatre is a striking gothic building that’s hosted shows like Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Grease on its grand stage. The Grand Theatre is also a popular venue for comedy gigs and concerts, there’s always something fun lined up at this iconic Leeds theatre.
7. Fun for the family in Leeds
There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied in Leeds, whether that’s skateboarding at The Works Indoor Skatepark, go-karting in the city centre at the Team Sport Centre, laser tag at Battlefield Leeds or abseiling, archery and assault courses at West Leeds Activity Centre.
8. Explore the home of Leeds FC and Headingley Stadium
Leeds FC have been based at Elland Road stadium for over 100 years, an iconic team in English league football. The stadium holds over 25,000 fans and doubles up as a great gig venue, having had the likes of Queen, U2 and the Kaiser Chiefs play at its grounds.
Headingley Stadium is made up of two grounds: Headingley Cricket Ground first opened in 1891 and is the home of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and Headingley Rugby Stadium, the base for the Leeds Rhinos league and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union teams. Even on days where no matches are held, there’s so much to explore in the stadium with regular tours and an amazing history to discover. Our Leeds Headingley hotel is under a mile away, ideal for catching a game without worrying about rushing home.