The Cultural Heart of Yorkshire

Leeds boasts a centre full of world-class shopping boutiques to suit every pocket, a thriving bar scene and a wealth of art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy. It’s the perfect destination for a weekend in Yorkshire...

Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled stay over, hopping from bar to restaurant, or just a treat day trip to Yorkshire shopping - Leeds has got to be first on your list of places to visit this year. With a huge population of over 750,000 people Leeds has a compact, bustling retail district perfect for day trips to leeds. Headed by the Trinity Shopping Centre and Victoria Quarter, boutiques as Louis Vuitton rub shoulders with high street brands such as Next, Topshop and Urban Outfitters.

The city also boasts a network of gig venues, including a brand new 13,500 capacity arena and hosts the now legendary ‘Leeds Festival’ every summer. There are also a number of free galleries dotted around the centre and two well respected Theatres to visit.

In the evening the city centre transforms and becomes a mecca for the party crowd - with cool new places popping up all the time. Head down Call Lane and grab a cocktail in one of the hippest bars the city has to offer, or walk to to the top of Briggate for more low-key venues such as North Bar and Mojo’s. At least there’s plenty of places to brunch the following day and clear your head...


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Independent Leeds

Some of the coolest bars, coffee shops and retailers are all still independently owned in Leeds and there are a few that are well worth seeking out on your visit.

If you’re into your coffee Layne’s down by the train station has the best in town, and you have to try their salted caramel brownies - they sell out though so be quick! Not far away on lower Briggate sits Lambert’s Yard - Leeds’ premier hipster boutique stocking brands such as Wood Wood and Gloverall, and offering free art exhibitions as well.

Towards the top of town sits The Belgrave Music Hall - the hippest hangout in town, with gig venue, bar, pizza parlour and burger shop all under one roof. Just around the corner head to The Social - a real ale bar with free a foosball table and friendly bar staff. Find out more on the Independent Leeds website or pick up a free guide.

Famous People from Leeds

Ricky Wilson

Lead singer of The Kaiser Chiefs and TV personality

Helen Fielding

Author of Bridget Jone's Diary

Sir Titus Salt

Manufacturer, politician, and philanthropist

Jeremy Paxman

TV Presenter

Julian Baratt

Actor and musician from The Mighty Boosh

Alan Bennett

Actor and Playright