Leeds in West Yorkshire is a great option for those looking for cheap things to do all year round. As the second most-populous metropolitan borough in the UK, there’s no shortage of special exhibitions and hotels, as well as restaurants and museums, many of which offer free entry. Read on to discover our top ten affordable adventures in Leeds.
Budget-Friendly Eateries for Every Palate
As far as restaurants go, our local favourites in Leeds include vegan eatery Döner Summer and Mowgli, whose street food menu doesn’t include anything exceeding a tenner. These two are definitely worth a visit and are a prime example of how good food needn’t cost the earth.
Conversely, Leeds boasts fine-dining restaurants aplenty – see our guide to fine dining here.
Parks and Recreation: Free Outdoor Escapes in Leeds
Leeds’ green areas are worth the adventure. From Middleton to Meanwood, Headingley to Harewood House and it’s grand estate, outdoor spaces in the Leeds area are entrenched in history.
Roundhay Park is one of the largest city parks in Europe, attracting nearly 1,000,000 visitors each year. The site can trace its history back as far as the Norman conquest and is now a popular destination for families as the nature walks are sure to tire out children and adults alike. The park hosts events throughout the year, including weekly park runs and rowing.
Access to the public parks is free and is easily on of the best cheap things to do in Leeds.
Art, History and Culture for Free
Leeds’ cultural landscape is varied and colourful with an historic past. Many of these historical locations offer free entry, such as Kirkstall Abbey, which allows free admission to Leeds residents. There are other free things to do in Leeds; for example: access to the Royal Armouries museum is also free of charge, showcasing a wide range of ancient military hardware from around the UK. There’s also the Leeds City Museum; entry price? There is none – Leeds City Museum offers free entry to all visitors, with ticketed events listed on their website.
Thrifty Retail Therapy: Affordable Shopping Spots
Across Leeds’ many shopping venues, there are hidden gems as well as high-street names. Alongside H&M, Lego and Lindt, you’ll find less well-known brands in the city’s arcades. Quaint, little homeware stores are dotted around the city, from Colours May Vary and Giant Kitten in Leeds’ Corn Exchange, to niche shops like West Yorkshire Cameras and Welcome Skate Store. Leeds’ indie shopping community features something for everyone.