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Leeds Guide

We know that getting your hen party sorted can be pretty stressful at the best of times so we’ve put together this handy guide to the city to make things easier when you get there. Get ready for lovely Leeds!

Getting in


It’s easy to get to Leeds in the car. Simply take the M1, M62 or A1and then the M621 into central Leeds. It’s estimated that you’ll be on the road for around 3hrs 30mins when you travel from London.


Getting a national coach to Leeds is a fantastic way to reach the city without breaking the bank and even better, nobody feels the pressure to drive when tired and everybody else is napping! Pull up to the Leeds Bus and Coach station on York Street.


If you plan to get the train, it’s simple to get a service to Leeds Railway Station and services from London only take around 2 hours. connections to other parts of the country too are frequent and efficient, meaning that hen guests can easily travel in from all four corners of the UK.

Entertainment Venues

First Direct Arena

Even though this venue is relatively new to the city, it has a whole host of fantastic shows coming up and it’s a real big player. Massive global and UK favourites like Miley Cyrus, Russell Howard, X Factor Live, Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams. Sound showbiz enough for you!?    

O2 Arena

You’ll certainly never be short of concerts to try out in Leeds as there’s an O2 academy in the city too! See everybody from Ed Sheeran, Bombay Bicycle Club and Rizzle Kicks to Stiff little Fingers and UB40.   

Grand Theatre and Opera House

If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, this venue should suit with wide ranging acts from plays like Macbeth and musicals like Evita to comedy acts and dance.

Top of the Shops

Shopping is generally one of the most enjoyable ways to spend an afternoon with your girlfriends and so we guessed that you might indulge on your weekend. We’ve put together a list of the very best independent shops that you can only find in the city of Leeds!


This deli come health food shop is a great place to pick up locally sourced treats to enjoy long after your trip to Leeds is over. From fresh and organic to gorgeous honey produced just a couple of miles away, this is a real must for foodies.


No, this isn’t another deli as you might have expected, Radish is a fantastic indie, green and ethical bookshop which sells all of the latest literary releases. They work with the local community and stock popular reads as well as some more crazy and radical books (hence the rad-ish title).  

Aladdin’s Cave

This sumptuous jewellery shop in Leeds is just that – an Aladdin’s cave! Pick up wonderful unique pieces in gold and silver and be the envy of all your friends.

Yellow Sunrise

A beautiful shop which specialises in ethnic homewares like woven Indian rugs, Moroccan leather and gorgeous natural materials like African soapstone and really fantastic gift ideas. Make your home chic!

Because the best things in life are free…

Hen weekends can get expensive so we decided to drag together some of the very bets free stuff to do in the city of Leeds for you and the girls to try out if you find yourselves with a free hour or two to play with.

Leeds Art Gallery

If you fancy a bit of culture on your weekend away, try out Leeds Art gallery. Exhibits are modern and contemporary and will please any art lover. The gallery is home to works of Rodin, Barbara Hepworth, Tissot and post-impressionist artists like Sickert and Wyndham Lewis.

Roundhay Park

Enjoy sunny picnics and beautiful views or frosty fun in Roundhay park whatever the weather. There’s over 700 acres of parkland, lakes and woods to enjoy, as well as ‘Tropical World’, which is home to exotic animals, birds and marine life including the largest fish in the tropical world!

The Marks and Spencer Archive

Okay, so a museum exhibit on your granny’s favourite retail haunt might not sound particularly thrilling but take it from us, ‘Marks in Time’ is actually pretty interesting. It was created in 1984 to commemorate 100 years of great shopping and is a fantastic storytelling archive.

White Cloth Gallery

This minimalistic gallery displays exhibits concerning film and photography and is one of the best places in the country for new, up and coming names in the industry to display their very best work. Right in the thick of Leeds city centre, it’s a great way to spend half an hour on your hen weekend.

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