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Culture, shopping & nightlife - Leeds has it all

You name it, Leeds probably has it. With an array of local attractions, a booming music scene, shops galore and a thriving nightlife, you’ll never run out of things to see and do.

Student town

Our city is hugely popular with students – there are more than 80,000 studying in Leeds, and it's easy to see why. The city is tailor-made for socialising, Leeds has three universities and seven colleges, so there’s always something exciting happening on your doorstep.


Our city comes to life at night – we have bars, clubs and pubs to suit all genres and budgets. In fact, Leeds is one of the UK's best cities for nightlife. If you fancy a big night out, you couldn't come to a better place.


From Leeds Festival to Leeds Arena – our new 13,500 capacity venue for live music – we have venues and nightclubs to suit all tastes. You'll be spoilt for choice if music is your passion.

Alternative music venue, the Cockpit welcomes the likes of the White Stripes, The Killers and Hot Chip, while the O2 Academy hosts names such as Rita Ora, Alt-J and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. From emo and R&B, to pop and rock, you’re sure to find something you’ll love at one of our gig hot-spots, such as Brudenell Social Club and our very own Student Union venue.

Shop ‘til you drop

If you love shopping, you’re in the right place. Leeds is one of largest shopping locations in the UK, boasting 957 retail outlets in the city centre – with historic arcades, the Corn ExchangeKirkgate Market and Trinity Leeds alongside unique local and retro shops, Leeds truly is a shoppers’ paradise.


Enjoy a show, head for one of our galleries or museums, or laugh the night away at a comedy club. There’s also a huge selection of cinemas to choose from - and Leeds International Film Festival - while Opera North, West Yorkshire PlayhouseLeeds Grand Theatre and Northern Ballet hold performances all year round.

Take a look at Leeds Inspired for a what's on guide for all things cultural in Leeds.

Food lovers

Tuck into whatever takes your fancy – Italian, Japanese, Mexican, South Asian spices or traditional British flavours – there are hundreds of food outlets to choose from. And, if that isn’t enough, we’ve also got an annual food festival.