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The vibrant city of Leeds may be one of England’s largest but it is also one of friendliest – you’re guaranteed a warm welcome. The unofficial capital of Yorkshire, Leeds is the proud home of stunning architecture, world-class culture and art, award-winning restaurants, a wealth of attractions and an unrivalled shopping experience with a thriving independent scene.

Did you know Leeds has more listed buildings than any other city outside London? It's also renowned for its street art, from striking murals that have been in the city for decades to the rainbow-bright new pieces that adorn many walls.

The Leeds food and drink scene is also unmissable, serving up an abundance of diverse dishes and world cuisine, with award-winning eateries, a Michelin star, incredible independents and a flourishing street food scene.

A trip to Leeds wouldn't be complete without some retail therapy. As one of the UK’s best shopping destinations, you’ll find all your favourite high-street names and luxury brands here, but it’s the independent shopping and markets that really sets Leeds apart.

Leeds is home to four outstanding theatres, the first direct arena, and is one of three cities outside London to boast an Opera House and Ballet company; Opera North and Northern Ballet. Whether it’s a musical, ballet, comedy, or live music there’s a show to suit all tastes and ages.

Discover all the great things to do in Leeds and you’ll find more than just a city break.

Find trains to Leeds and plan your journey today!

Popular trains to Leeds

York to Leeds

Average time: 0h 34m
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Manchester Victoria to Leeds

Average time: 1h 24m
Cheapest Advanced

Sheffield to Leeds

Average time: 1h 11m
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Leeds train stations

The main train station in the city is Leeds station, right beside the River Aire. Close to all the city centre amenities, it's the perfect hub to explore all the city has to offer, with Northern trains to Leeds available across the country. If you're looking for train stations just outside the city, Burley Park, Headingley and Bramley are nearby.


Originally opened in 1938, Leeds train station is conveniently located in the heart of the city within walking distance of most attractions. The station also features a large car park and bike storage facility with 440 spaces!

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Trains to Leeds FAQs

Save up to 65% on train tickets to Leeds when you book in advance with Northern. Advance tickets allow you to book up to 8 weeks in advance and you can swap your train departure time for another same-day service if your plans change.

Leeds station is the main train station in the city with easy access to city centre amenities and attractions.

Yes, Leeds train station has 299 car parking spaces with Blue Badge spaces available, too.

Leeds train station has plenty of bike storage with 440 spaces available, so you can cycle to and from the station with ease.

Leeds Bradford Airport is approximately 20 minutes away from Leeds train station by bus, which runs daily. Alternatively, jump on the train from Leeds to Horsforth station, which is only five minutes from the airport by car.

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