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

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With the summer holidays fast approaching, the challenge of keeping the kids entertained for 6 weeks begins! It can be daunting on the purse strings to think about it, but don’t worry! Our budget Leeds hotel has picked out some of the top free things to do in and about this lively city. So, read on to find out more…


Leeds City Museum

With 540 million years of history under one roof, Leeds City Museum is sure to keep the kids entertained for hours!  Just 20 minutes from our budget hotel near Leeds, the City Museum lets kids get up close and personal with an Egyptian mummy, or head to the future where they can learn all about the bugs we’ll be eating in years to come! With so much to do, we can guarantee you that they won’t want to leave.


Leeds City Museum

Cow and Calf

Hop in the car and head over to Ilkley, less than an hour from our hotel in Leeds, and you’ll come across the famous Cow and Calf rocks! Called this because many people believe the structure of them looks like a cow protecting its calf – we’ll let you be the judge of that! It’s the perfect family day out, and the fresh air will certainly tire the kids out! Why not take a picnic and make some great family memories?


Cow and Calf


The Little Bookshop

What’s better than seeing your child’s face light up as you read them a story? Well, why not head over to the only independent children’s bookshop in Leeds, and let them learn about pirates, nature and much more in between! This activity is perfect if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Leeds and chilled out and relax with the kids for a couple of hours. Sessions start at 11 am daily.


The Little Bookshop Leeds

(Photo Credit: The Little Bookshop, Facebook)


None go bye farm

Located in Horsforth, just a short drive from our Leeds hotel is None Go Bye Farm! It is technically a farm shop, however, visitors are free to go around and look at all the farm animals, plus you can feed them – which will cost you to buy the feed but at £1 per adult and 50p per child, but won’t break the bank by any means.


None Go Bye Farm

(Photo Credit: None Go Bye Farm, Facebook)


Leeds Urban Bike Park

Bring your bike with you on your next trip to our hotel near Leeds, and then you can head over to Leeds Urban Bike Park, only 15 minutes from us! Whether you’re a complete novice or a total pro at bike riding, this is the place for you! It’s completely free to use and kids can choose various different tracks to ride on. From the moderately easy, to the severe! Whatever path they choose, they’re sure to have a great time.


Leeds urban bike park

(Photo Credit: Leeds Urban Bike Park, Facebook)


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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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