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Leeds Waterfront

Parts of Leeds waterfront were once almost derelict. Now regenerated with vibrant waterside cafés and bars, a world-class museum, art galleries and public art, it’s a great place to visit. New Dock, on the Aire & Calder Navigation, was once a vast complex of store yards and warehouses busy offloading coal and goods from the barges that plied this wide canal. It was a nerve centre providing a vital cross-Pennine link from Liverpool to the North Sea.

General information

Address: The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

Visit time: 3 hours +

Price: Once you've parked up you can enjoy a walk around the waterfront for free

Parking: There are many pay and display car parks around the waterfront, including The Tetley and Royal Armouries.

Toilets: The Royal Armouries, The Tetley and in the many pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Walking
  • Boat trips
  • General sightseeing
  • Family activities
  • Shopping
  • Bird spotting
  • Museum


Beyond the waterside, Leeds' striking Victorian centre is compact and within easy walking distance.

Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, The Tetley, New Dock, Granary Wharf, Brewery Wharf and many bars, pubs, restaurants and shops. 

Further afield you will find Thwaite Mills and Woodlesford.

Spot a boat

A good place to spot boats, especially in the summer months.


Boat trips

  • Leeds River Trips

    Boat trips - public, Boat trips - charter, Boat trips - education / community

Picnic spot

There are several picnic benches around the waterfront; alongside the River Aire at the top of New Dock and alongside the canal at Granary Wharf.


  • Trans Pennine Trail

    Part of this long distance coast to coast trail starts at the Royal Armouries and heads out of Leeds though Woodlesford and onto Chesterfield.


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Moorhens
  • Otters
  • Canada geese
  • Gulls
  • Mink
  • Common Turns
  • Cormorant

The best place to see a lot of the birds is near the weir opposite the Royal Armouries