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Leeds city-centre is an absolute hive of activity come the weekend when locals take to Millenium Square for a post-work pint. There’s nothing better on a stag do than when the vibe is right, and in this buzzing area of the city, there’ll be people all around to join in the party!
Amongst the tall buildings around Park Row, you’ll find regency-feel bars that dominate the retail shops. Or, New Briggate is always banging with uber-cool traditional Northern pubs. And, what’s more, the LGBT+ venues in this area are ten a penny.
Call Lane is the go-to for every visit to Leeds. Prohibition-style cocktail lounges and outlandish themed bars bring a little (a lot!) of vibrancy to the street at night.
Thomas Crapper (inventor of the flush toilet)
Leeds is without doubt one of the hardest partying cities in the UK. In fact Leeds is where other cities go to learn how to party. From the pubs and bars around The Calls (close to the river), you can then head to Greek Street where you'll find many well known chains. Keeping things real, New Briggate is much like The Calls with a greater concentration of independent bars and restaurants.
If you're looking for something a little more highbrow away from the Stag Dares and Drinking Games Leeds has plenty to offer.
National Armoury Museum - The National Collection of Arms and Armour.
Leeds & Liverpool Canal - The perfect spot to walk off any sore heads after a big night out.
Henry Moore Foundation - Another great spot to clear those heads and take in some amazing artworks. Bloody big ones.
Second World War Experience Centre - A great charity set up to preserve first hand accounts of WWII.
Inventions created in "God's own country" include; Flushing toilet, beer pump, catseyes, glider, mousetrap, Marks & Spencer, Sooty & Sweep.
The first ever moving pictures were filmed in Leeds.
Leeds residents are living in a golfer paradise with 21 golf courses.
Leeds city centre has excellent transport links. The most cost effective tickets are MetroDay, Half MetroDay and Weekender tickets which give you unlimited transport on both bus and trains.
However for nights out the city centre is compact enough to navigate on foot and all StagWeb's stag accommodation is based right in the heart of the city centre keeping you within (bad) dancing distance of the best of the action.
"Alreet cock?" - Hello Sir, how are you?
"Owt/Nowt" - Anything/Nothing
"'av a word wit best man flower, he'll be paying for all t'drinks." The best man will be paying for our beverages.
"Will 'e eck as like!" - I don't think he will.
"Mardy" - Moody
"Wazzock!" - Idiot
"'e got his head shot off at paintball and now e's bein' a right mardy wazzock!" - He took a few pellets during paintball and the old boy's not too happy about it.
If you're heading on a Leeds stag do you don't want to go in blind, what you need, is to do a bit of research but without all the actual 'research'. No worries, we've done the legwork, our team regularly visit Leeds to find the best deals and newest clubs and activities so we've put together a Stag Do Guide to Leeds, giving a breakdown of the best areas, sights and activities to make it a weekend to remember.
QI - The great Houdini nearly didn't make it out of Leeds alive after trying to escape from a padlocked cask of ale.
Right in the city centre, Call Lane is home to a wide mix of bars and clubs to get into the swing of the Yorkshire fun. A mix of students, locals and weekenders. You'll find the big name chains as well as funky independent venues. There's also a healthy live music scene in and around the Lane.
Yes, that's right, it is a shopping centre. By day. But at night you'll find two of our favourite venues in Leeds, The Botanist and The Alchemist. If you like cocktails (and being a modern, funky guy we're guessing you do), then these are two of the best bars not just in Leeds but in the UK for a man-tail.
Best known to cricket fans but for those not nodding off to the sound of leather on willow this is actually one of Yorkshire's most trendy, bohemian areas. Dairy-free cafes, vegan restaurants, microbreweries and a couple of awesome live music venues. Get your silly mid on.
A former printworks, carriage works and cabinet makers, the Electric Press is now home to an eclectic selection of bars, cafes, diners, bars all under one roof. If rooves aren't your thing you can head to the heated courtyard. There's even a small theatre if the groom comes overall lyrical and demands to grab some Shakespeare (let's face it, he's done weirder things).
Definitely on the move, Holbeck is one of the rising areas of Leeds. If you're taking the groom back to Leeds to revisit parts of his misspent youth/uni years but don't want to join the Saturday night party crowd of the city centre then Holbeck is a great shout. Hip bars, quirky cafes, beards, tats, check shirts and designer, Fairtrade coffees. It's uber cool and quietly creative.
QI - Leeds United were the first club to sell replica shirts to fans back in 1975. Today they can't give them away!
Feeling all arty? Head to The Tetley. Located in a cool art deco building that's not the first reason to love it, no, that's the fact that it is a former brewery. It's got beer in its DNA. It's now the home of exhibitions, contemporary art but also has a great restaurant and still serves Tetley's. A thought-provoking diversion.
Sit in the sun and challenge your fellow stags to some big games, like giant chess or table tennis. You can then carry on exploring the city centre.
Give your hangovers a breath of fresh air at one of Europe's largest city parks. Garden's playgrounds, room to kick a ball/groomsmen, throw a frisbee or just sit and swap stories about the groom or just what happened when Ian went MIA for three hours last night.
A huge collection of arms collected from around the globe including the largest collection of elephant armour in the world (we kid you not). Genuinely impressive, you can even learn to fire a crossbow. Stand back Daryl Dixon, we got this.
A pleasant way to see some of the city and they're completely free. Running every twenty minutes between Granary Wharf and Leeds Dock it's a nice way to get to the Armouries. There's also pizza restaurants, bars, you can even hit the gym or try a yoga class.
QI - The first European Ryder Cup was held in Leeds at Moortown Golf Club.
The ruins of the Cistercian monastery sit in the north half of the city in Abbey Park bordered by the River Aire. Sports pitches, tennis courts, grassland as well as walking/jogging tracks. You can line the guys up against the impressive ruins for a moody looking group shot. Alternatively just take a pew, enjoy the sun and watch the world go by.
Chanel your inner Heathcliff and head on up to the windswept and interesting Almscliff Crag. With stunning views over the Yorkshire Moors, this is real Instagram traveller inspiration stuff. If only you could get the guys out of the way so you could get a decent shot. 20 minutes out of the city, you'll find plenty of country pubs along the way.
A cool location for those 'album cover' type shots of the guys looking mean and moody. Long stretches beside the canal have been rejuvenated and there are some great sights to see and plenty to photograph, sculptures, nature, even graffiti. A nice peaceful spot to ease any tender heads.
QI - Karl Marx (Father of socialism, revolutionary and writer of Das Kapital) spent time as a journalist on the local Leeds newspaper.
Just like that Damned United, it really is all kicking off. The amazing city centre and rugged landscape of the moors provides stags with some seriously extreme stag challenges and activities. Far be it from us to tell you what to do but here's some of our top suggestions;
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Leeds. 'The UK's favourite city'. 'Visitor City of the Year'. 'The Knightsbridge of the North'. We could go on... (honestly guys, the accolades just keep coming). Small enough to be manageable, big enough to bring it home in style, the city has been welcoming the crowds for years and it does it with passion, charisma, a hearty 'ey up' and a huge appetite for entertainment. Regularly billed as a 'must visit city' it's undeniably one of the greatest destinations in the North. Take it from us gents, a Leeds stag do promises to be a truly unforgettable event.
There's a reason it was voted 'Best English city outside London': Leeds has your weekend covered. With a friendly welcome, buzzing nightlife, global menu, adventure playground on its doorstep AND a huge bill of entertainment, the city knows how to keep its guests happy... and at StagWeb we've got the accommodation, exclusive offers and expert team on hand to pull everything together for the ultimate stag experience.
The city brings a little bit of everything to the occasion with quality sports venues, a solid line-up of live events and some pretty decent weather to its name (main men, terrace, cold beer or two...). It can certainly get busy at times, but with some careful planning a stag do in Leeds will be a sure fire hit any time of the year.
Sport guarantees extra bodies when the city's main venues are in action. There's always a buzz around Elland Road and the Carnegie Stadium when the home teams are in force and if you're a fan and can get tickets you're on for a memorable trip.
Summer sets the ball rolling for a season of events that defies you not to find something to take your fancy. Leeds Loves Food in May, while July's Party In the Park brings 70,000 music fans to the city to party in the... er... park, with the mighty Leeds Festival hot on its heels in August. The International Film Festival puts Leeds centre stage in November, quickly followed by the festive German Market, which will more than likely see everyone heading to Millennium Square to sample a glass or two of Germany's finest.
Leeds is in a great location and easily accessible by road, rail or air. Major motorways link the city in all directions, so driving to your Leeds stag do is definitely a solid option. Leeds Railway Station provides frequent connections across the country and will see you from London to the city in a little over 2 hours, while Leeds-Bradford Airport lies less than 10 miles from the city.
Make your way riverside to the ultra-modern Brewery Wharf with its fancy bars, restaurants and laid-back city vibe, or head to the trendy Call Lane which boasts some of Leeds' top clubs and independent bars in the very heart of the city centre. The Exchange Quarter offers a tight selection of top notch dining and clubs, while Millennium Square takes its cocktails and champagne very seriously and has an unbeatable mix of live music, chic bars, global cuisine and traditional ales to boot. We have a great selection of 2, 3 and 4 star accommodation across the city but Leeds is a massively popular party destination, so it definitely pays to plan ahead.
Leeds won't just deliver on the nightlife, there's a pretty impressive range of activities available to keep the boys entertained during the day too. Thrill-seeking stags can get the adrenaline hit on the go-kart track, or get down and dirty with some full on 4X4 action, while the ultra-competitive can battle it out paintball style, or take to the rage buggies for an afternoon's time trials. For something altogether more relaxing dig out the plus fours for a morning on the green or opt for a session at one of the country's top clay pigeon sites. Fast-paced or chilled out, indoor or outdoor, our top selection of Leeds activities really does have something for everyone.
If you're looking for a top value stag weekend there are some great deals to be found in Leeds. Yes the city is a massively popular tourist destination so prices can rise at peak times, and it certainly has its fair share of fancier venues, but it's also home to one of the country's largest student populations and there's no shortage of affordable entertainment on offer. Whether you'd like to us to build you a unique bespoke weekend, or you want to take advantage of one of our proven ready-made packages we're confident we can deliver a stag weekend to suit your budget.
If a stag do in Leeds seems to fit the bill and you'd like more ideas, have a browse of our website and get in touch. Our friendly team are on hand to take care of the small details and put together the ultimate stag experience. So why not contact us today? StagWeb provides full financial protection and offer no risk, no obligation quotes.
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