Leeds Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
(Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK)
Leeds has long been a major destination in West Yorkshire and the tourist attractions here certainly are in plentiful supply. When you first arrive in the city, consider joining a sightseeing bus or walking tour, or maybe cruise along the River Aire, before heading into the vibrant Victoria Quarter for a spot of retail therapy and perhaps a bite to eat.
Other popular shopping precincts in Leeds include the City Square, the Waterfront and the Millennium Square. After a day spent checking out the many central tourist attractions in the city, visitors to Leeds may then like to head to a show at the Civic Theatre, the Grand Theatre or the West Yorkshire Playhouse, or perhaps to the traditional Victorian pub at the Turk's Head Yard for a hearty meal.
Tel: +44 (0)113 252 6807
The are a number of walking tours around Leeds and these provide tourists with a real insight into some of the most interesting and historic attractions within the city proper. Guided tours are available at various locations around the city centre and are operated by 'Exploring Leeds'. Walking tours are always led by knowledgeable guides, most of which are local, and are one of the best ways to learn about the city.
Open hours: daily
Boat Tours and Cruises
Boat tours and cruises provide one of the most scenic and enjoyable ways to find out about about the history and attractions within this city, with insightful commentary along the way. Regular waterbuses are available on both the River Aire and the canal and are operated by a number of local boating companies, such as:
- Apollo Leeds Canal Cruises
Address: Wharf Street, Shipley, Bradford, BD17 7DW, England
Tel: +44 (0)1274 595 914
- Leeds Riverbus Company Ltd
Address: Clarence Dock, Armouries Way, Leeds, LS10 1LW, England
Tel: +44 (0)113 242 3731
- Pennine Boat Trips
Address: Wharf Office, Waterside Court, Coach Street, Skipton, BD23 1LH, England
Tel: +44 (0)1756 790 829
Address: near Leeds City Railway Station, Leeds, LS1, England
The City Square, opposite the City Railway Station, is a large, public square which is well pedestrianised. Home to the famous statue of the Black Prince, the City Square is surrounded by a mixture of historic and more modern buildings and tourist attractions. With plenty of benches, the City Square is a popular place to take a rest and is often describe as the 'Hub of Leeds'.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Address: Off St. Paul's Street, Leeds, LS1 2JG
Park Square is a charming, central square that dates back to the late 18th century. With colourful flower borders, benches, surrounding period-Victorian houses and numerous Leeds attractions nearby, Park Square is situated in the city centre.
Address: York Road, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS1 1UR
The Leeds Waterfront was once one of the most rundown areas of the city and has recently been completely transformed, following a major renovation project. Attractions in and around the Waterfront include a number of speciality shops, cafés, restaurants, bars and the popular Waterfront Heritage Trail, with particularly scenic views around the waterfront area.
Address: Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6AZ, England
Tel: +44 (0)113 245 5333
The Victoria Quarter, in the city centre, is now one of the most vibrant places to hang out in Leeds and is home to an enormous array of shops and fashion outlets. Featuring stylish architecture and many independent shops, there are also a number of highly regarded restaurants and cafés within the Victoria Quarter.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 18:00, Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00
Address: Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3HE
The Millennium Square, in the heart of Leeds city centre, is one of the most recent attractions to be added to the city. This vast public square can accommodate more than 20,000 people and is surrounded by important buildings, such as the striking Civic Hall. Highlights at the Millennium Square include seating areas, nearby shops and the Nelson Mandela Gardens.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Turk's Head Yard
Address: Off Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6HB
Turk's Head Yard provides tourists visiting Leeds with the opportunity to imagine life in the 18th century. Attractions at Turk's Head Yard include historic cottages and a late-19th century public house, serving excellent food. The Turk's Head Yard is situated in the city centre and is easy to located, being off Briggate.
Open hours: daily
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Address: Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, BD23 6AF, England
Tel: +44 (0)1756 710 614
The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is situated on the outskirts of Leeds are provides scenic journeys from Embsay Train Station, which was built in 1888. With lovingly restored steam locomotives, this is a particularly memorable way to see the picturesque countryside and Yorkshire Dales that surround the city.
Open hours: Sunday, daily during summer months - hours vary
Admission: charge, discounts available for children and families
Leeds is home to a number of excellent theatres, that regularly host Leeds theatrical productions, dramas, comedies, concerts, operas, workshops and exhibitions.
- Leeds Civic Theatre - Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH, England
Tel: +44 (0)113 214 5315
- Grand Theatre
Address: 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NZ, England
Tel: +44 (0)113 222 6222
- West Yorkshire Playhouse
Address: Quarry Hill, Playhouse Square, Leeds, LS2 7UP, England
Tel: +44 (0)113 213 7700
- City Varieties
Address: Swan Street, Leeds, LS1 6LW, England
Tel: +44 (0)113 243 0808