Planning your visit
Address: Leeds Waterfront, Leeds, LS10 1JQ View on Google map
Price: Once you've parked up you can enjoy a walk around the waterfront for free
Toilets: The Royal Armouries, The Tetley and in the many pubs, restaurants and cafes.
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. Look out for the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, The Tetley, Granary Wharf, Brewery Wharf and much more.
Leeds 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 along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (which connects through a lock onto the Aire and Calder Navigation here in Leeds) to the North Sea.
Places to eat:
- North Star Coffee Shop
- Dock 29
- Pizza Express
- Yum Yum
- The Adelphi
- Stew & Oyster
- The Hop
- Oracle Bar
There are several picnic benches around the waterfront; alongside the River Aire at the top of Leeds 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
- Desmond Family canoe trail
The best place to see a lot of the birds is near the weir opposite the Royal Armouries. Download our free nature spotters' guide and look out for otters, mink and all sorts of water birds.
By car - there are many pay and display car parks around the waterfront, including The Tetley and Royal Armouries.
By train - Leeds station is practically on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath and just minutes by foot to the Aire & Calder Navigation towpath
By water taxi - the water taxis cost £1 per person per journey, under 5’s free, and run every 15 minutes between Leeds dock and Granary Wharf