Leeds city guides

What to do in Leeds: The ultimate Leeds travel guide.


Dylan Mitchell

Leeds Townhall

As Yorkshire’s biggest city and its unofficial capital, there are plenty of things to do in Leeds with it being so big and full of life. Leeds is home to the world-class First Direct arena, award-winning theatre companies and shopping centres to shop ‘til you drop in! If you don’t know where to start, take a look at this handy Leeds travel guide from tastecard for some inspiration on what you can do on your trip to Leeds.

Things to do in Leeds.

If you’re in Leeds, there are plenty of things to do in this historic city. Leeds is ideal for those who love to have a gentle stroll and sightseeing session as its history as a massively successful town during the Industrial Revolution has left behind beautiful architecture with a rich history. If you prefer more metropolitan tourist activities, the city has a thriving nightlife and brewery tours that you can enjoy too. If you’re curious about your options for food and drink in Leeds, there are lots of great Leeds restaurant deals to get your hands on by signing up for tastecard.

To narrow it down, we’ve chosen our favourite four things to do in Leeds:

  • Take a walk around Kirkstall Abbey

  • Shop at Leeds Corn Exchange

  • See the view at Sky Lounge Leeds

  • Get your culture fix at Leeds Grand Theatre

  • Have a stroll through Roundhay Park

Kirkstall Abbey

Take a walk around Kirkstall Abbey.

If you’re into your history, then Kirkstall Abbey will be right up your alley. This 800-year-old Cistercian monastery was disestablished by King Henry VIII in the 16th century but remains today as an impressive monument with beautiful architecture. Its surrounding park is a great spot to see some wildlife and the nearby Abbey House Museum will teach you all about what Leeds was like in the Victorian era.

Leeds Corn Exchange

Shop at Leeds Corn Exchange.

The Leeds Corn Exchange is the ideal place to take it easy after a day of walking around the city. This mesmerising Grade-I Listed building features a magnificent cross-hatched ceiling and many different independent shops to pick up some chic clothing, fancy homeware and more! If you feel a little peckish after all that shopping, there are some great independent food stalls to take a look at too.

See the view at Sky Lounge Leeds.

The Sky Lounge Leeds is one of the top spots in Leeds to grab a bite to eat and a fancy drink. Located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City Centre, this restaurant’s spectacular view atop the city makes for a unique dining experience. Treat yourself to afternoon tea or a cocktail or two while you take in the city’s impressive skyline. Not only is this restaurant a fantastic choice, but you can get your hands on a great deal for the Sky Lounge with tastecard too. By using our deal, you can get a two-for-one discount so you can save in style on your trip to Leeds.

Grand Theatre, Leeds, March 2020

Get your culture fix at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Leeds Grand Theatre is not only a staggering building within itself with an enormous chandelier and finely-detailed ceilings, but there are also performances taking place here that will please just about anyone. If you’re on your trip with the kids, take the opportunity to have some fun at a panto. Alternatively, see a ballet show or lesser-known avant-garde performance if you prefer your theatre entertainment to be a little more highbrow.

Roundhay Park Leeds

Have a stroll through Roundhay Park.

No matter what sort of tourist you are, you can’t afford to miss Roundhay Park when taking a trip to Leeds. Be at one with nature and enjoy the park however you wish. Perhaps you love a good picnic or enjoy having a jog somewhere peaceful? Whatever you get up to, this park is one of the best in England with gorgeous views that span over 700 acres.

If you are interested in knowing what sort of things take place there, there’s a ‘train’ that does regular laps around the park that you can hop onto, and is home to Tropical World which features many different types of tropical animals and wildlife.

Where to eat in Leeds?

All of that tourism and walking around will make anybody peckish, so you’ll need to find somewhere to eat. Fortunately, Leeds has a wealth of food spots for all types of diets and cultures. Luckily, tastecard has compiled lists of the best places to eat in Leeds, including the best vegan restaurants, family-friendly restaurants, Italian restaurants and much more.

You can read about all of the wonderful restaurants in Leeds on the tastecard blog.

Leeds Townhall.

Where to stay in Leeds?

If you’re staying in Leeds, you’re in luck as there are plenty of different places to stay whether you’re wanting to go all out or are looking for a low-cost option on a tight budget. Hotels, B&Bs, self-catering spaces and even camping sites are all available so the choice is yours when it comes to Leeds accommodation!

Ideally, it will be quicker for you to get around and explore the city if you are staying on the doorstep of the city centre. So, choosing an option somewhere around Temple, The Calls or Saxton Gardens is your best bet as you can get started with your city break quickly.

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Save on your trip to Leeds.

Now you have the perfect Leeds guide for your next trip, you should start thinking about saving some money while you’re there! With tastecard you can enjoy 2 for 1 or 25% off food & drink, cinema ticket savings, and discounts on days out.