Leeds Area Guide

Leeds is the place to be.

We absolutely love living in Leeds and you will too. Here are just a few of our favourite things that we love to do in this special city.

Woodhouse Ridge & Meanwood Valley trail

“The Ridge,” as it’s affectionately known, is a long narrow strip of largely native woodland, running between Headingley and Woodhouse.  A 2 minute walk from your house ‘The Ridge’ offers a sense of peace and contact with nature, in contrast with LS6’s busy student centres.

Woodhouse Ridge is a link to the Meanwood Valley Trail and forms a near continuous woodland, with a few open maintained glades where you walk out to the Countryside. Traces of its history can be discovered in a published heritage trail and a series of information panels along the walk.

One of our favourite pubs in Leeds The Mrytle Tavern is nestled in Meanwood Park. It is a proper secret and at first hard to find but this little gem will be the perfect Sunday spot to walk to for a proper Sunday lunch.  

And best of all –  Woodhouse Ridge and Meanwood Valley Nature trail is free!!! Please respect your time in nature and leave only footprints. 

Leeds Kirkgate Market

The beating heart of the city since 1857 Leeds Kirkgate Market is one of the largest indoor markets in Europe and home to some of the most characterful traders in the city, with businesses spanning generations and representing a wide range of nationalities.

If you like to cook, eat and drink then the market is a shopper’s paradise from amazing fresh produce, street food vendors and drinks. If you can think of a cuisine, the chances are you can get it at Leeds Kirkgate Market. From shawarmas to chapatis, crepes to cockles and Yorkshire puddings to fine patisserie, you’ll find all sorts of good eats in one place!


As one of the UK’s biggest shopping destinations outside London, Leeds is home to a wide array of shopping centres, spectacular arcades and markets.

From high end designer brands, cool high street clothing and one off vintage pieces you will find it all in Leeds City Centre. 

The Chemic Tavern

Once you’ve had your fill of the ‘student nights’ with cheap watery larger and grissle burgers you will be calling out for a little more culture and just possibly a quieter evening. 

The Chemic Tavern in the heart of Woodhouse is a proper Yorkshire pub. It will never call itself a student pub and has carved out a quirky niche for its self offering a cosy dog friendly pub with real ales, folk music and pub quizzes.

Brudenell Social Club

It is no exaggeration to say that The Brudenell Social Club in the heart of Hyde Park is renowned the world over for hosting amazing world class live acts. Entertaining students for generations The Brudenell is a mecca for music lovers and is only a short walk from Woodhouse.

Hyde Park Picture House

Another gem on your door step is Hyde Park Picture House. Built in 1914, Hyde Park Picture House is your grade II listed, local and friendly independent art house. Grab the popcorn and take a trip back in time to experience the golden years of cinema by viewing a screening at your local picture house. 

Retro Boutique

With a prominent position on Hyde park Corner Retro Boutique has been serving discerning vintage lovers for generations. It has a staggering amount of vintage fashions, records, furniture, instruments. A proper vintage shop where the more you look the more you find.