If you’re in Leeds on a shopping break, a trip to the Trinity Shopping Centre is a must. From the perfect outfit to that hard-to-find gift, the uber modern centre has the largest selection of brands in Yorkshire. Opened in 2013 and boasting 120 stores all under its beautiful, glass-domed roof, it turned the city into a UK shopping destination like no other, and cemented Leeds’ reputation as the Knightsbridge of the North.
With its designer stores and independent boutiques, Leeds was already firmly on the map as a major UK retail location. But when Trinity Leeds opened in 2013 it really was a game changer, with the shopping centre creating over 3,000 jobs and winning the town Retail Destination of the Year at the Retail Week Awards in 2014. Named after the 18th-century Holy Trinity Church next door, it was built on a run-down 1970s shopping precinct in the city centre and cost an estimated £350 million to develop. It now offers 1 million square feet of shopping and leisure and, along with big international brands, it’s also become well known for bringing a great range of food, arts and culture to the city.
Trinity Leeds is the city’s biggest shopping and leisure destination and as such, it can be easy to lose your way. Luckily, we’re on hand with all the details you need to make sure your shopping spree here goes smoothly.
Trinity Leeds opens at 9am every day except for Sunday, when it opens at 11am. Most shops shut at 8pm (5pm on Sundays), but the bars and restaurants stay open long into the night, some as late as 1am on weekends. A great idea is to download the Love Trinity Leeds app before you go. Even if you’re not there long enough to earn a reward, you’ll get instant access to great offers.
Trinity Leeds is on three levels - lower ground, ground and first floor. The centre is covered, but open on the sides so the wind does blow through it. It can get pretty chilly in winter so make sure you’re still dressed for the elements! You’ll find most of the centre’s fantastic eating options, including the famous Trinity Kitchen, on the top floor, near the Everyman Cinema.
If your other half hates shopping, park them at a cafe and let them play on their phone. There’s free WiFi throughout Trinity Leeds, accessed via the Cloud. They’re also welcome to charge their devices using power sockets in the Trinity Kitchen. If you can persuade them to come to a shop with you, they can leave their phone charging in a locker, too.
Trinity Leeds is fully accessible, with lifts to all floors. You can also book a wheelchair or mobility scooter for use within the centre by calling the Customer Service Lounge on 0113 394 2415. You will need to bring photo ID with you on the day. There are both accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility on the first floor between Mamas & Papas and the Everyman Cinema.
Shop til you drop, see a great film then head out for dinner. You could stay at Trinity Leeds all day and well into the night, too.
Trinity Leeds has attracted an incredible range of UK and international brands, some of which can’t be found anywhere outside the capital. Alongside usual suspects like Mango, Topshop and Urban Outfitters there’s a state-of-the-art Models Own cosmetics, which only has one other flagship store in London. Bright and colourful, it’s like a beauty playground full of fun things to try. Trinity Leeds was first to have a Victoria’s Secret, Rox and Everyman before other cities in the North.
At Trinity Leeds, even a trip to the cinema is a luxury experience. The centre has its own Everyman, a boutique cinema chain offering comfy sofa seating, individual foot rests and even your own table complete with wine coolers. There’s a well-stocked bar, an outdoor terrace and an ever-changing line-up of independent and mainstream films. It’s a great place to catch a late-night cult classic - and there’s even a kids’ club on a Saturday morning
It’s always worth checking the Trinity Leeds website before your visit to find out what’s happening in-store while you’re in town - there’s something new on every week. You may be able to catch a recording of a TV show - X-Factor auditions and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway have been filmed here in the past. Not to be missed is the yearly Light Night Leeds, when the glass roof of the Trinity is illuminated by coloured lights that change along to music.
Like your shopping with a side order of culture? Trinity Leeds has both permanent installations and a changing programme of public art. You won’t miss Equus Altus in the central court - it’s an imposing sculpture of a packhorse carrying a roll of cloth, which symbolises the historical use of horses to transport cloth to and from Leeds. There’s also the Briggate Minerva sculpture, outside the Briggate entrance. Both were made by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott.
If all that big brand shopping has worked up an appetite, you won’t have to waste more good shoe leather trawling up and down to find something to eat. Trinity Leeds has some fantastic restaurants and, while you’ll see some familiar faces, it’s worth taking a risk and trying something new at the centre’s exciting eating concept, the Trinity Kitchen.
If you’re bored of chain restaurants, you’ll be in heaven. Trinity Leeds is home to a unique food concept called Trinity Kitchen which, alongside permanent vendors, hosts five of the very best street food traders in the UK. The vans, trucks and stalls change every six weeks, meaning you’ll always have something new to experience every time you go. Previous favourites have included The Allotment - delicious veggie food served from a garden shed - and The Pickled Porker - for perfect slow cooked pork served with roasties.
The best restaurants
Alongside Wagamama’s, Carluccio’s, YO! Sushi and Nando’s there are some less well known names to tempt you, such as Pintura for authentic Basque delicacies and Cielo Blanco for some Mexican food washed down with tequila. But if you want something more fancy, head to Angelica in the penthouse. Beautiful decor and well-laid-out with a circular bar in the centre serving tempting espresso martinis, it serves a great menu of British classics. The best thing though is the panoramic views of Leeds.
The best bars
You’re spoilt for choice for places to drink. There’s the Botanist, with its flora and fauna-inspired cocktails, live music on Sundays and special events. But the best place for cocktails, in both Trinity Leeds and Leeds itself, is The Alchemist. A beautiful setting with sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows, the drinks here are less cocktail and more crazy science experiment - delicious concoctions billowing clouds of dry ice and served in the kind of beakers you won’t have seen since double chemistry.
Trinity Leeds is located in the heart of the city - follow signs to the City Centre and you won’t go far wrong!
If you’re driving, follow signs to Leeds City Centre. Once you’ve found somewhere to park, head by foot towards Leeds railway station. Trinity Leeds is found between Briggate and Albion Street. The nearest parking is at Trinity Leeds car park, with 630 spaces including 14 disabled bays and eight bays for parents. The entrance is via Swinegate opposite Bibis Restaurant. Navigate there using the postcode LS1 4AG.
Trinity Leeds has cycle parks at six locations: Lower Basinghall Street (outside BHS), Albion Street (outside Boots), Albion Street (outside Caffe Nero),Boar Lane (near Caffe Nero) Boar Lane (outside McDonald's) and Briggate (outside M&S).
Mainline services stop at Leeds Station. From here, leave the station at the exit by M&S Food and turn right. Walk down New Station Street and Trinity Leeds is found at the junction of Boar Lane and New Station Street.
From the 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.
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