Entertainment in Leeds

If you’re planning on studying at a University in Leeds, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s a city with endless variety of things to do. With a wealth of theatres, sports stadiums, music venues, cinemas and attractions, you’ll never be bored in Leeds. When you’re not busy studying, why not take your pick from our list of things to do in Leeds? From cultural theatre shows to adrenaline fuelled sports matches, you’ll love being a spectator in Leeds. If you’re looking for a day out in Leeds there’s plenty to do in the city centre and on the outskirts of this exciting city. See our guide to entertainment in Leeds for ideas and inspiration.


Leeds has an eclectic selection of theatres where you can enjoy a show. The West Yorkshire Playhouse has built a reputation as a leading theatre in the UK, hosting famous and acclaimed productions as well as comedy shows and performances for all age groups and tastes. Student tickets are discounted at WYP. If you’re a fan of dance and musical productions, the Leeds Grand Theatre hosts opera, ballet and West End Musicals.


Leeds boasts a great choice of cinemas, from modern multi-screen complexes screening the latest blockbusters like The Light in the City Centre and Vue Cinema on Kirkstall Road, to quaint and historic cinemas like the Hyde Park Picture House  and Cottage Road Cinema, which show independent, unusual and foreign films. There’s  even the Everyman Cinema which has it’s own bar and comfortable sofa seating. If you’re a lover of film, Leeds is sure to satisfy.


Leeds is a city for sport. Whilst the local football team, Leeds United, might not experience as much glory as some other Northern football teams, the city makes up for it with other sports: Rugby team Leeds Rhinos, and The Yorkshire County Cricket Club at world famous Headingley Stadium. A ticket to the Rugby is much more affordable than a Football match, and this summer Headingley Cricket Stadium is playing host to the Test Series England Vs New Zealand – a five day Cricket match famous for a friendly atmosphere and great entertainment.


Leeds music venues are sure to satisfy any taste in music. The First Direct Arena plays host to the biggest names in pop music, from Pharrel Williams to Ollie Murs. The o2 Academy hosts big name DJs and Indie Artists, whilst Leeds University Union brings together musicians, artists and DJs from across the sphere of music genres. Drum and Bass artists rub shoulders with ambient musicians and old school names. If you’re looking for a more intimate venue, Leeds students head to the Brudenell Social Club for an unpretentious pint and down to earth live music.

Days Out

Leeds is located in a picturesque part of England. If you come to the city to study, you’d be wasting a whole lot of beautiful countryside if you didn’t explore a little. The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors National Parks are just a short train ride from the city centre, with beautiful scenery and winding country walks. The historic city of York is also close by – one of England’s oldest settlements, with Viking and Roman ruins as well as York Minster and the walled city. Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a unique and impressive outdoor exhibition, and well worth a visit.

If you’d prefer to stay in the city centre for your day out, there are a multitude of museums in Leeds, from the Royal Armories Museum to the Leeds City Museum. If art galleries are your thing, Leeds Art Gallery houses impressive collections. Museums and Galleries are usually free to explore, perfect for a free day out for thrifty Leeds students.