Are you planning to spend a few days in Leeds? Or do you live in Leeds and need something to do? Are you short on cash? If you answered yes, then you’re in the right place!
If you find yourself short on cash and need to get out, we’re here to help. We’ve done the research and created a list of great things to do in Leeds that are completely free! Yes, you read that correctly! These are free tourist attractions you can enjoy in Leeds! Let’s get started.
1). Meanwood Valley Trail
Do you enjoy spending time in green spaces? Then why not check out Meanwood Valley Trail? The trail begins at Woodhouse Moore, where you’ll find a 7-mile trail that goes past Meanwood Park, the Hollies, the Seven Arches Aqueduct, and ending at Golden Acre Park.
The trail takes you through the Meanwood Valley Local Nature Reserve, where you’ll have a chance to explore the beautiful valley, the animals who live there, and more. And you can savor all this nature for free!
2). Pay-As-You-Feel Afternoon Tea
Fancy a nice hot cup of tea? Then why not head over to Left Bank Leeds where you can enjoy a pay-as-you-feel cup of tea and a slice of cake? Tea is offered every second Wednesday of the month. You can pay what you like for the tea and cake or enjoy them for free if you’re short on funds!
While you’re taking in the tea and cake, be sure to spend some time mingling with the others who are there. It’s a great way to meet new friends!
After you’re finished with the tea, you can take a stroll to take in the beautiful architecture or even savor the art at the Porch Gallery.
3). The Hop Pub Quiz
Fancy a visit to the pub for free? Then why not check out the The Hop! Every Tuesday night, the pub hosts a free pub quiz. If you know a lot of trivia, you’re sure to win!
What do you win? They give you the chance to win a gallon of beer from the Ossett Brewery! Not only that, but they also provide you with a pub supper, too!
4). Leeds Lunchtime Concerts
Leeds is home to Leeds College of Music, which hosts classical music concerts every Wednesday—for free. The concerts generally last about 50 minutes and begin right at 1pm.
You’ll be able to enjoy all types of classical music that includes piano solos, brass bands, and wind ensembles. You may get lucky and hear a new virtuoso play, too! So, why not take your lunch break at the Leeds College of Music—you won’t be disappointed.
5). Treasures of Brotherton
Located at the University of Leeds’ Parkinson Building, you’ll find the Treasures of the Brotherton. What is this? It’s a museum that displays the university library’s Special Collections, which includes many rare items of literature.
You’ll even find originals written by the Brontë sisters, rare books, and medieval manuscripts. Just perfect for anyone who loves literature and history!
6). Eccup Reservoir Circular Walk
This is another completely free way to enjoy nature, get in a walk, and more. Take the 5.2 mile path around the reservoir, which takes you through woodlands, rolling farmland, and along some of the prettiest paths in the area.
While you’re enjoying, why not take it in a lovely picnic? The path is circular, so you’ll end up right where you started. We’ve heard the locals say the sunrise and sunset are especially spectacular at the Eccup Reservoir!
7). Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
The gallery features some of the greatest art found in Leeds. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is home to prints from the 17 century, modern photography, and more. All for free!
You’ll also find they offer talks and classes that are amazing if you love art and are looking for something interesting and free to do in Leeds.
8). The Little Picture House
In the basement of Crowd of Favours, you’ll find a mini cinema, where they offer free movies on the last Tuesday of each month. The films they play change every month! But they do start directly at 7pm, so don’t be late.
If you love to watch amazing movies for free, this is the place to feed your movie buff habit!
9). Golden Acre Park
Here’s another great free green space to enjoy for free in Leeds—the Golden Acre Park. The park sits on 136 acres of green spaces that include lakes, orchards, and even landscaped gardens.
You’ll find there’s something for everyone here, including the kids! And it’s a great place to have a picnic, too. Best yet, all of this is for free.
10). Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Do you like yoga, but don’t have the money to pay for a class? Then check out the free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes every Wednesday. You’ll find the classes at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
Sahaja yoga is a Hindu practice that is used to release anxiety and promote relaxation. During the class, you’ll be led through some simple, calming exercises to help release your stress and anxious feelings.
The classes are open to everyone and these sessions begin with talks, workshops and include a time for questions. What a great way to relieve your stress and meet new people at the same time!
11). Take in the City’s Lovely Historic Arcades
If you have a free afternoon, consider talking a walk through Leeds historic arcades. You can begin at the Queens Arcade, and then walk over to the Ivanhoe and Robin Hood clock near Thornton’s Arcade. And don’t forget to check out the Victoria Quarter, with it’s beautiful stained-glass roof, mosaics, and marble details.
However, we must warn you—some of these places are great places to shop. If you have a difficult time with just window shopping, you may want to try out some of the other free activities listed earlier!
There you have it! Our goal was to find free, fun, and a wide variety of activities you can enjoy on a limited budget. Leeds have so much to offer—even some great freebie activities!