backpacker’s leeds guide

Backpacking for the first time? Do not worry! We have prepared a special guide for your perfect journey to Leeds!

What equipment to prepare

As a backpacker, you should take the most needed items. That is why it is important to prepare wisely. Here are the most common things to take with you on a trip:

  • A tent
  • A sleeping bag
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Water bottles
  • Emergency and hygiene supplies
  • Clothing, appropriate for the weather

Of course, your final list of goods will depend on your needs and the way you would like to travel.

When to come

It is important to know when is the most suitable time to come to Leeds. The weather influences the number of goods you will need to take (clothing, water, etc.)

One of the most popular periods for backpacking is summer. But the city becomes packed during this season, so you may try early autumn. It is good not only for no crowds but also for the prices for accommodation, food and car hire in Leeds.

How to get around

There are several options for you in Leeds. You can hire a car, use public transport or just walk around.

If you are interested in Leeds car hire, then you do not need to worry. There are always many deals, provided by Alamo, Enterprise, Avis, etc. Use aggregators that provide your car hire in Leeds Bradford Airport and you will see great options.

If you want to use public transport, then you should know that the buses and trains run from 5 a.m. till 11 p.m. There are ticket passes available in the city, as well as free travelling for children under 5. To be prepared, examine the map of bus and train routes beforehand.

Where to stay

Book your accommodation as early as possible! Here are some great options you might be interested in.

Mini Hotel Leeds

The facility is good for family trips. Among the advantages of the hotel, there are non-smoking rooms, free Wi-Fi, free parking as well as a tea and coffee maker in each room.

It is located not too far from First Direct Arena and Trinity Leeds. The road from the airport takes about 30 minutes by car. The room prices start from £68.

Leeds Bradford Airport Travelodge

The hotel offers customers paid parking (£6 per 24 hours), Wi-Fi (first 30 minutes for free), spacious rooms, comfortable for families, and a TV set in the rooms.

Located right near the airport (less than 5 minutes away). The cost of a room starts from £40.

Russell Scott Backpackers & Annexe

It is one of the cheapest options. The facility provides modern and safe rooms that are good for a limited budget. It is also considered to be a backpackers-orientated hostel.

Located 30 minutes away from the airport. The prices for the accommodation start from £40.

Where to eat

Think about the following places not to feel hungry during your trip!


It is an Indian street food restaurant that allows you to eat cheap and tasty dishes. The meals are served on small plates that are easy to carry with you. You can try Aloo Gobi Paratha, Bundo Chaat, Vada Pav, etc. See the full menu here. There are £2 offers available.

Jenny’s Jerk Chicken

The other great option is wallet-friendly. Be aware that most of the meals are spicy! The menu is not quite big, but the taste of the meals is excellent. You can spend only £5 to have a great meal.

What to see

Leeds has plenty of places that might interest you!

Roundhay Park

Spend your time in one of the most beautiful free parks in Europe. It is also considered to be one of the biggest ones. There are free tour maps available. You can visit Tropical World or watch the ducks in the lake.

Kirkstall Abbey

Find this Cistercian monastery and walk around the ruins of an 800 years old building. It was disestablished in 1538 and has survived to this day. Enjoy the beautiful abbey with lots of parks around. Great for picnics. The entrance is free!

Leeds City Museum

Take your chance and visit a cool museum with about 6 various exhibitions and permanent galleries. There are also several workshops that are perfect for families. Free entrance and fantastic atmosphere.

Leeds Minster

It is a Victorian church, located in Leeds. Established in 1841, the building is considered to be one of the oldest in the city. Moreover, Leeds Minster is quite a famous tourist spot! Make sure to come and look at the stunning glass windows. You are allowed to enter for free and light a candle.