Holiday Inn Express Leeds - East
2 Aberford Road, Oulton
LS26 8EJ
United Kingdom

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Leeds' Hidden Gems

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Leeds is known for many things, many regard it as a fantastic shopping destination and a great place for a night out. But what many people don’t know is that the city is full of hidden gems which are just waiting to be discovered.


In this blog, our budget hotel in Leeds explores some of the city’s best-hidden gems, so you don’t miss out when on your next trip...


The Leeds Library

A building which often goes unnoticed by tourists and locals alike is Leeds Library. Tucked away amidst the shops on Commercial Street, the library happens to be one of the oldest subscription libraries, established in 1768. Full of historic collections, it’s perfect if you’re a self-confessed bookworm or history lover. Whilst walk-in visitors are welcome the library suggests you book onto a tour.


The Leeds Library


The Domino Club

A secret jazz lounge, which can be found beneath a hairdressers in Grand Arcade, it would be impossible not to feature The Domino Club in our hidden gems guide. The speakeasy-inspired bar plays a mix of soul, jazz and funk music, and are known for doing some of the best cocktails. We’ll let you into a secret...the club can be found down a staircase set back in Lords Barbering!


The Domino Club[photo credit: Leeds List]

Temple Newsam

Perhaps not a hidden gem to us locals, but Temple Newsam park can often be forgotten about when tourists come to Leeds. The estate which is located east of the city centre, offers a large park, Tudor-Jacobean House, farm and even a Go Ape site so you won’t be short of things to do! With the warm getting warmer, we’d recommend making a day of it, take a picnic and some games and you’ll be set.


Temple Newsam


Temple Coffee & Donuts

Even we were late to the game with this one (embarrassingly!), but you need to check out Temple Coffee & Donuts – especially if you’re a coffee connoisseur or donut lover, and who isn’t?! This wonderful hole in the wall can be found on an industrial business estate on Kirkstall Road and serves some most Instagrammable and delicious donuts in Leeds. Vegan? No worries, their vegan donuts are to die for!


Temple Coffee & Donuts[photo credit: Temple Coffee & Donuts]

Holiday Inn Express Leeds-East is a comfortable and affordable hotel near Leeds city centre. To check availability, contact our Leeds hotel team on or call 0845 112 6039.

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Holiday Inn Express Leeds - East Reviews


Galway, Ireland

I stayed here for 2 nights in one of the disabled access rooms. I was staying alone as a wheelchair user, so a little worried about coping with things.

I had no problems whatsoever. The staff were extremely helpful and made my stay a pleasant and comfortable experience. I would certainly stay here again.



No kidding, but within 30 minutes of our arrival we had booked a further visit for later in the year. The surrounding area is very pleasant, the location appears quiet and is convenient for many local sites and attractions. The room, including bed was very comfortable, the staff most helpful.

Breakfast is included in your price here and much to choose from including bacon, sausage, egg, porridge, cereal, muesli, fruit, yogurt etc etc. I find this, for what we paid, hard to beat. We have family nearby so this is a good location and what we paid for what we received excellent value.



On arrival we were greeted by a lovely lady at reception who sorted everything out. Once we were checked in and got to our rooms, the room was all set out and was very clean. Beds very comfy and price was right, would definitely recommend.



I have had the pleasure of staying here three times now and it never fails to impress! The hotel itself is well kept, very clean and tidy. The staff are amazing and just can’t do enough to make you feel welcome.

Breakfast is always hot and fresh, be it yogurt and fruit or full English you will enjoy! Beds are really comfy and the room its-self is great with good blackout curtains.



I get to stay in a lot of different Holiday Inn's up and down the country, and this surely is one of the best. Great location, spotlessly clean and wonderful staff that couldn't do enough for you. Comfortable refurbished rooms and a great breakfast. What more could you ask for!


Melbourne, Australia

A friendly place to stay with nice rooms, good breakfast and most importantly great staff. Handy for Leeds and York with easy parking and a carvery nearby. What more could you want. Once again I want to stress the really good staff.



A varied group of 5 but the hotel met our requirements well. The bedrooms were clean and comfortable, great having free WiFi, and breakfast included. The staff were very helpful and we found it an ideal location for touring around Yorkshire.



Recently stayed at the Holiday Inn East Leeds. Lovely friendly staff and a nice warm welcome. Beautiful clean and cosy rooms. Not one fault with this hotel, free breakfast and a Toby carvery joined on to the hotel, perfect. Paid £55 per night. Well worth it. Will definitely recommend and will stay again.



Nice and spacious rooms, bathroom very clean, everything in working order and free breakfast!

Location about 25 mins from Leeds city centre, however worked well for us as just off the motorway so able to get to other locations quickly. Staff very friendly, would definitely come again.



Spent a couple of nights here. We stayed in an accessible ground floor room which was great. Very spacious. The bed was very comfortable and we slept really well.

Continental breakfast is included in the price which was very reasonable. Staff were lovely - sorting out our key card when it stopped working and finding me a nail file when I asked for one.

We went for a meal in Leeds one night and to a reception at Oulton Hall on the other. Staff arranged taxis both times without fuss. A small but perfectly functioning bar was welcome too!

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