Leeds Area Guide

As one of the biggest cities in the UK, Leeds is often seen as the power house of the North. The vibrant city is bursting with culture, amenities and business opportunities. With a population of over 800,000 it’s easy to see why so many people are calling Leeds home.


Things To Do

Where do you start with things to do in Leeds? The opportunities are endless. For some retail therapy there is no better place to head than Trinity Leeds, with over 120 shops to choose from there is something for everyone. If you looking to delve into history make your way to the impressive Royal Armouries, followed by a ponder around the picturesque dock. Finally, why not jump on a water taxi to Granary Wharf, arguably the best way to see the city. As for activities in Leeds, the list is endless, from escape rooms to climbing walls, cinemas and galleries, finding something to do in Leeds will never be a struggle.

Things you didn't know about Leeds

Leeds gave the world Marks and Spencer. After Michael Marks opened up a Penny Bazaar stall in Leeds Kirkgate Market, he enlisted the help of Tom Spencer to grow the business before they became Marks & Spencer, and dare we say; the rest is history!

Schools in Leeds

Leeds and its local towns and suburb have hundreds of primary and secondary schools alongside, colleges, special education centres and 3 major universities.

  • Blenhiem Primary School
  • Castleton Primary School
  • Mount St. Marys Catholic High School
  • Little London Primary School
  • Rosebank Primary School
  • Shakespeare Primary School
  • St Peters C of E Primary School
  • The Ruth Gorse Academy


Leeds has a vast amount of transport options to get around the city and further afield. Leeds Train Station has 18 platforms subdivided into A,B & C giving a grand total of 47 platforms, meaning there are plenty of daily connections getting you to your desired location. Leeds also has a large bus and coach station running local and national bus and coach services daily. Leeds also benefits from the Citybus transporting you around the city for just £1. Finally, if you’re looking to travel a little further, Leeds and Bradford International Airport is just 8 miles outside of the city centre.


Leeds originated as an Anglo-Saxon township before growing to become a local market centre in 1626. Through the 17th and 18th century Leeds became a large part of the woolen industry, responsible for its rapid growth which continued throughout the industrial revolution, helped by the completion of the Leeds to Liverpool canal.

Eating & Drinking

Leeds is a hub for amazing restaurants and lively nightlife. With every type of cuisine on offer its choosing where to go that will be the hard part. If meat is your thing, visit no other than Fazenda the Brazilian BBQ at Granary Wharf or if you’re a little more street food than steak, Bundobust is a must try vegetarian Indian restaurant. If its drinks you’re after why not start your night with a cocktail on the popular Greek Street, before dancing the night away at one at one of the many lively bars on Call Lane.


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Leeds is one of the best cities for shopping. Everything from the traditional Leeds Kirkgate market to the modern Trinity Centre, whatever you’re looking for you can almost guarantee Leeds City Centre will have it. If you’re looking for high street head to Briggate, or if you’re looking for high end the Victoria Gate is your place.