Whether you’re a university student, a young professional or just a local looking for a good time, the City of Leeds has something for everyone.  In this guide, we’ll explore the top things to do in this vibrant West Yorkshire city. 

So here it is, all of the Leeds hotspots that you need to know about whilst living with us at X1 Sales and Lettings, every corner has something amazing to experience. Stay tuned to find out more!

1. Visit Trinity Leeds & Leeds Corn Exchange 

For those that love a bit of retail therapy, Leeds has a plethora of high-street and designer stores, perfect for updating your wardrobe or finding unique pieces.

A shopping day in Leeds wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Trinity Shopping Centre, the city’s premier shopping destination, with hundreds of national and international brands all under one roof. 

You can also embrace your inner shopaholic at the Leeds Corn Exchange, a Victorian shopping mall in the heart of the city which is now a haven for independent boutiques and quirky shops. 

This place offers a shopping experience like no other with an array of vendors offering everything from vintage clothing to handmade crafts to food and drink and more. 



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2. Experience The Lively Nightlife 

The nightlife scene in Leeds is legendary, and Call Lane is the perfect place to be for a night out with friends, or for post-work drinks. 

Situated in the centre of Leeds, this lively street is packed with bars, pubs, and clubs, and is the go-to destination in the city. 

Whether you prefer cocktails, craft beer, or dancing until the early hours, this street has it all, with bars like Call Lane Social, Cuckoo, and Oporto to name a few.

Aside from this, there’s plenty of bars and nightclubs across the city to suit everyone’s preferences, whether you’re keen to let your hair down or just fancy a catch up over drinks!



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3. Stroll Around Roundhay Park

When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy city, you can escape to Roundhay Park, one of the largest city parks in Europe. 

At this 700 acre park on the outskirts of the city, you can enjoy scenic lakes, woodlands, and formal gardens, making it the perfect spot for picnics and refreshing walks.

Fancy a coffee and a little treat? There’s even cafes within the park grounds, so make sure to take a visit and see what it’s all about!



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4. Attend Fantastic Festivals & Events 

If you thought this city couldn’t get any better, Leeds hosts a variety of annual festivals and events throughout the year. 

From the Leeds International Film Festival to Leeds Festival to Light Night to Leeds Pride, there’s always something exciting happening for you to get involved with. 

The city’s event calendar is jam-packed with amazing events for every season, so make sure you don’t miss out on the next big thing happening near you! 


5. Try The Fantastic Cuisine 

Whilst living in Leeds, you’re sure to satisfy your taste buds thanks to the city’s diverse food scene with food on offer from all across the world. 

From street food markets to independent food hubs to Michelin-star restaurants, the city is home to a wide range of cuisine for everyone’s palate. 

Trinity Leeds is home to the likes of Angelica and Crafthouse, two stylish restaurants serving up impressive food and drinks menus, with a panoramic view of the city. 

We haven’t even told you the best part, these two venues are featured within our Loyalty Card program so you can make the most of exclusive discounts!


6. Get A Cultural Fix At A Museum or Gallery 

If you’re searching for something unmissable to do in the city, make your way over to Leeds City Museum for a cultural fix. 

This fantastic museum is situated in Millennium Square, and is free of charge to visit, with a huge variety of collections to explore. 

You can even immerse yourself in modern and contemporary art and collections of British painting and sculpture at Leeds Art Gallery, located on The Headrow in the city centre. 

Of course, you can’t indulge yourself in the history and culture of the city without a visit to the Royal Armouries Museum, the UK’s national museum of arms and armour. 

If that’s not your style, head on over to the Henry Moore Institute, one of the largest sculpture museums in Europe. 

With an abundance of ever changing exhibitions, you can marvel at sculptures from across the world. 



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7. Walk Around The Ruins Of Kirkstall Abbey 

Next up within our guide to the top things to do in Leeds is none other than Kirkstall Abbey. 

Situated North West of the city on the banks of the River Aire, Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery, offering impressive views of the historical architecture. 

There’s even markets held at the end of each month running from March to October, with over 40 unique traders selling local produce, arts and crafts, trinkets and more. 

For those living in Leeds, visiting the iconic Kirkstall Abbey is a must, and it’s free for residents so you don’t even have to spend a penny!



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8. Watch A Film At Hyde Park Picture House 

Looking for a unique activity to do whilst living in Leeds? Hyde Park Picture House is one of the oldest cinemas in the UK, having been a hub for film lovers since 1914. 

Showcasing films from around the world, this popular community cinema is a must-visit for a movie night with friends. 

There’s even a café bar so you can grab some drinks and snacks, be sure to check it out!



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The best part about living in Leeds with X1 is that you can make the most of exclusive discounts from bars, restaurants, shops, cafes and more thanks to our Loyalty Card program! 

Here at X1, we’re here to help you find your dream apartment in Leeds, so make sure to take a look at the properties we have available. 

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