Looking for things to do in Leeds on a weekend? Follow our city guide to get the most out of your trip. Northern run regular trains right into the city centre, so whatever type of weekend you’re looking for, it couldn’t be easier.
Known for its hustle and bustle, this Yorkshire city offers something for all ages thanks to its network of well-known and independent shopping arcades, restaurants, bars, and famous sports venues. With something new popping up every week, there’s never been a better time to jump on a Northern train and explore Leeds and its surrounding areas. Follow our itinerary for the best way to spend a weekend in Leeds.
Culture, Shopping and Family-Fun: Friday in Leeds
After arriving in Leeds visit the Leeds City Museum then take the free water taxi from Leeds dock (behind the train station) to the spectacular Royal Armouries, or give the fantastic Leeds Art Gallery a visit.
In the late afternoon, for a touch of retail therapy visit the Briggate shopping centre, home to all the big-name stores from House of Fraser to Harvey Nichols. For European-style shopping, take a walk through the uber-glamorous Victoria Gate.
If independent shopping is more your thing, however, take a wander through Thornton Arcade, Queen’s Arcade and the Victoria Quarter. Stop by craft beer and cocktail bar, Turk’s Head, for a thoroughly deserved post-lunch treat. Then check out the Welcome Skate store for the original “Don’t Mess with Yorkshire” threads and prepare to be shocked and delighted by Mary Shortle’s iconic doll shop
For a slightly alternative Friday night, Oxygen - a trampoline park just a ten minute walk from Burley Park - is always bouncing on a Friday. Open until 8pm, the park hosts fitness classes, parties and trampolining courses, providing a fun way to get fit and do something different with friends.
Five minutes’ walk from Leeds station on Bond Street you’ll find Roxy Lanes, a favourite hangout among locals. The boutique city centre bowling alley is also known for its fantastic food menu – try the mouth-watering Roxy Beast Burger and be sure to order a round of their Fully Loaded Fries! On your way back to the station stopping at sister venue Roxy Ballroom is a must – unwind with ping pong, pool and mini golf after a long week - prices start from just £6.00 at peak times.
Sport, Scran and Lively Live Music: Saturday in Leeds
Just two stops from Leeds Central Station, Headingley is the vibrant student suburb of Leeds and is packed with cute cafes and quirky stores. The perfect way to spend a relaxing Saturday morning.
Grab a coffee at Cafe Lento on North Lane or visit Ian, the local artisan baker for some homemade Yorkshire parkin. Still feeling peckish? Grab a bite at I Am Doner, whose special street cart fries are quickly becoming a Leeds food and drink institution
It’s also where you’ll find Emerald Headingley Stadium, home ground of Leeds Rhinos rugby and the Yorkshire Cricket team - providing the perfect Saturday afternoon for sports lovers.
Bellies full, wander back towards the city centre and stop off at the Brudenell Social Club, an old working men’s club that happens to be the best live music venue in Leeds. The club is split into 3 rooms: a 400 capacity concert room, a bar area and a games room. The club has played host to Franz Ferdinand, The Kaiser Chiefs and The Cribs over the years and lauded as a primary cog in the Leeds music scene - Brudenell Social Club is a Saturday night staple.
Saturday-Only Events in Leeds
Hipster hotspot Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen hosts Belgrave Feast on the second Saturday of each month. Offering three floors of art, ales, music and the north’s finest street food vendors, the event is completely free, child and dog-friendly and irresistibly delicious!
Kirkgate Market is one of the largest covered markets in Europe and is a Leeds institution. There is always something to see, do, buy and eat and the market is home to many local characters.
- 1st Saturday of each month: Leeds Vintage Fair
- 2nd Saturday of each month: Leeds Record & Book Fair
- last Saturday of each month: Kidz Film Club
Yoga, Nature and Yorkshire's Finest Export: Sunday in Leeds
For some Sunday morning regeneration, yoga is a great way to unwind after a long week (and a heavy weekend). Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, Yoga Hero in Leeds Dock holds classes that are suitable for all abilities. Single class drop ins start from £6.00 but there are also a variety of different courses available if you decide to go on a regular basis. Take a look at the website for timetables and further information.
With so much surrounding beauty, Leeds is perfect if you fancy stretching your legs and getting out of the bustling city for the day. If you’re looking for places to walk in Leeds, just three miles from the busy shopping streets you’ll find the picturesque Kirkstall Abbey, a ruined Cistercian Monastery surrounded by a haven of greenery and wildlife.
The stunning public park offers a fabulous day out for the whole family thanks to its array of activities and trails which run throughout the whole year. And even better, getting there from Leeds station couldn’t be easier. Whether you fancy hopping on the train to Kirkstall Forge Station, just one stop from Leeds or would rather walk the scenic, hour-long walk along the canal, either way it’s a day out not to be missed.
A weekend in Leeds without sampling Yorkshire’s finest export would be almost blasphemous, but of course only the finest will do. After you’ve worked up an appetite, a Sunday Roast at The Brunswick is the perfect way to round off your trip. A three-storey pub on North Street that’s famed for its Yorkshire puddings and Sunday Roasts, for as little as £10.95 with all the trimmings.
Claiming to combine ‘city standards with country appeal’, The Cross Keys is home to one of the best Sunday Roasts in Leeds. Cosy crannies, alluring alcoves and roaring fires help transport you away from the noise of the city, complete with locally produced food ideal for that long-lasting Sunday Lunch.
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Wondering what’s on in Leeds on a Sunday? You may know Leeds’ Briggate as its main shopping street, full to the brim with shops and eateries, but did you know twice a month the famous shopping street, which runs through the centre of the city, is home to a pop-up Farmers Market? Offering an array of freshly baked breads, hog roast sandwiches, handmade cakes, local ales and specialist cheeses, it’s a great alternative if you’re looking for places to eat in Leeds city centre on a Sunday or pick up treats for later. Whether you make it for breakfast or just for an afternoon cake, Briggate Farmers market runs on the first and third Sunday of the month and is a must have if you’re in Leeds for the weekend.
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