What to Do in Leeds

Leeds is the second most popular conferencing destination in the north of England.

It is a modern city with a historical, industrial past. You can explore Leeds on foot and experience its culture and food and drink scene.

The city accommodates world-class academic Universities, historic civic venues such as Leeds Town Hall and unique experiences such as at Headingley Rugby and Cricket Stadium and the First Direct Arena.

Leeds is situated in the heart of the country and is popular amongst national and international delegates. It is only a two-hour train journey from London or one hour by aeroplane. Leeds Bradford Airport also offers excellent transport links with national and international flights to over 75 international destinations and eight UK destinations.

Below are a few examples of some of Leeds best features:

Royal Armories

There are five theme-galleries featuring a national collection of arms and armour including War, Tournament, Self-Defense, Hunting, and arms and armour of the Orient.

City Varieties Music Hall

Was built in 1865 above the White Swan public house in Swan Street Leeds and was most known for the hosting of BBC's The Good Old Days for 30 years and continues to have a varied programme of Comedy, Music, Variety, Family shows and Pantomime.

Temple Newsam

One of England’s great country houses, a Tudor-Jacobean mansion with stunning parkland and a working rare breeds farm. It was the birthplace of Lord Darnley who was the husband of Mary Queen of Scots.

Tours are offered to explore the house and its contents and FREE audio guides are also available. Craft activities, exhibitions, concerts and theatre are often held at Temple Newsam during the holidays.

Temple Newsam also has its own gift shop and Stables Tea Room. Or, one can just go for a lakeside walk or explore the gardens and woods.

Grand Theatre

Located in the centre of Leeds, the Grand Theatre opened in 1878 and has been utilised for entertaining ever since. They offer a wide range of entertainment in their programme, from musicals to stand-up, opera, drama, ballet and family shows.

Tropical World

One of the most popular family attractions in Leeds located only three miles from the city centre. You can take a walk through the rainforest; rest in the outback of Australia, followed by an excursion through the desert. Resident at Tropical World are rare birds, crocodiles, butterflies, bats, spiders, snakes and the meerkats. It re-opened in March 2015 and now accommodates an aquarium area transformed into a new Amazon themed zone where you can view piranhas and salamanders.

The First Direct Arena

This is is a 13,000 capacity super-theatre that opened in the summer of 2013.

White Rose Shopping Centre

Over 100 of the most popular high street shops together with specialist shops the White Rose is just 3 miles from Leeds City Centre and has free car parking.We also provide free Wi-Fi across the centre using The Cloud, as well as Amazon Lockers.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm has 24 acres of land with a selection of farm animals including alpacas, goats, sheep, pigs, hens, donkeys, and ducks. There are various woodland walks, where you can discover a variety of wildlife. There is also a small playground for children under 12 and the Hungry Hedgehog Cafe which offers vegetarian options and facilities for warming baby food. There is a free car park and a Farm Shop with toys, gifts, plants and produce grown on the farm and fresh farm eggs.

About Trinity Leeds

Trinity Leeds, accommodates over 120 shops and retail, dining, leisure and entertainment facilities. It opened in March 2013, and encompasses many famous retailers such as Mango, Fossil and Victoria's Secret which is the first one to be opened in Leeds. It also includes dining such as to the The Botanist and Trinity Kitchen, an opportunity to experience street food. The Everyman cinema, the first in the North shows quality films in a luxury environment. Viewers can choose from soft drinks or alcohol and relax on on plush velvet sofas.