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There’s no place like Leeds. As one of the UK’s most vibrant and dynamic cities, Leeds is not just a hub for business; it’s a treasure trove of unique experiences just waiting to be discovered. For conference delegates there’s plenty in store to look forward to. 

From its rich history to its exciting cultural diversity, Leeds is a city where old and new carefully blend together. You’ll find culinary delights, unique destinations, and hidden gems, all combining to make the city a perfect playground for all. 

Discover some of the ‘must see experiences’ that Leeds has to offer in this guide to the things you can only experience in Leeds. 



Let’s start with entertainment. From one-of-a kind cinemas to fun and interactive experiences, Leeds is a hub for entertainment. 

Hyde Park Picture House 

Take a step back through time and immerse yourself in the charm of Hyde Park Picture House, one of the oldest cinemas in the UK. Originally designed in 1906, this Grade II-listed building houses what is believed to be the only remaining gaslit cinema in the world and has recently undergone a period of renovation and expansion.  With showings both new and old, the classic really does meet the contemporary at this locally focused community venue and is one of the major venues of the Leeds International Film Festival. 


Leeds West Indian Carnival 

If your visit coincides with the right time of year, the Leeds West Indian Carnival – a vibrant celebration of Caribbean culture – is an event that you do not want to miss. Taking place annually during the height of summer, on the last Monday in August, this colourful display represents the brightest and the best of carnival culture. 

Whether you’re taking part or just taking it in, it’s worth extending your stay or arriving early to make sure you don’t miss this lively event that’s full of fun and infectious energy! 


A hit of History 

From its Celtic roots to its placement at the heart of the textiles industry, Leeds is a city steeped in history. 

Royal Armouries Museum 

Sister Museum to The Tower of London the Royal Armouries’ is home to one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world.  A highlight of the collection is the craftsmanship of Henry VIII’s enclosing foot Combat Armour.  

Made at the Greenwich Armoury in about 1520, the armour is designed to cover the wearer from head to toe, leaving no part unprotected.   In the 1960’s NASA got in touch with the Tower of London so they could model the modern-day space suit on this historic piece of armour!  


Harewood House 

Located a short journey from the hustle and bustle of Leeds City Centre, Harewood House is one of the Treasure Houses of England.  Set amidst stunning Yorkshire landscapes, this impressive home offers a retreat into nature and an opportunity to explore its magnificent architecture and art collections. 


Europe’s largest modern stained-glass roof 

Or, add a touch of grandeur to your visit with a trip to see Europe’s largest stained-glass roof. The impressive feature runs the full length of Queen Victoria Street, at 746.9 square metres, and offers a glimpse like no other into the city’s rich cultural heritage. 

Located at Victoria Quarter, you’ll also get a chance to shop at well-loved brands and independent retailers in breath-taking surroundings. 


Leeds Library 

In need of a quieter, more refined escape? Visit the historic Leeds Library. 

Over 250 years old, Leeds Library has a fascinating history and is the oldest subscription library in the British Isles, the library is hidden in the heart of Leeds’ shopping district and has a collection of more than 140,000 items, spanning modern literature, history, and non-fiction, making it a go-to destination for ideas and inspiration and a haven for literature enthusiasts. 


Take a Tour 

If you’re looking for a conference experience that’s outside of the everyday, Leeds is the right place for you. 

Owl Trail 

The is no better way to get to know a city than a guided trail or walk.  Uncover the secrets of the city with the Leeds’ Owl Trail, an enchanting urban adventure that takes you on a journey through the city’s streets.  Can you spot all 25 owls along the route?   


Emmerdale Village Tours 

Step into the land of television and follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters as you explore the iconic village set of popular soap opera ‘Emmerdale’ Enjoy a guided tour and gain behind-the-scenes insights into one of the UK’s beloved evening shows. 


Leeds Water Taxi 

The joy is in the journey. Ride in style with the city’s one-of-a-kind water taxis on a waterborne waltz on the River Aire. Starting centrally at the train station, the taxis head on down past an attractive architectural array to the Royal Armouries Museum at Leeds Dock.

The best part? Those Northern prices. You can hop straight on at the station for a journey that takes you right the way through the whole of the city centre – all for just £2. 


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