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

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Top Instagrammable spots in Leeds

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Instagram. Do you love it? Do you loathe it? Have you ever heard of it? Whatever your thoughts are on the photo-sharing platform, there are no signs of its popularity slowing down any time soon. Perhaps you're the unfortunate soul who goes out for a meal with their loved one, and isn't allowed a bit of it until that perfect Instagram photo has been taken? Or maybe you're the best photographer who's roped into getting that 'perfect shot'...even if it does take hundreds of goes! In this latest blog, our budget hotel in Leeds has picked out some of the city's top Instagrammable spots. Perfect for getting those all-important photos. You can thank us later!


Angelica Leeds

Located on the 6th floor of Trinity Leeds, Angelica is the ultimate food and drink destination for visitors and locals alike. With a rooftop bar and panoramic views of the city, this is the perfect place to grab your phone and get a few selfies. What's more, their cocktails are '#Instagoals' - just the thing to make your Instagram grid look incredible, and because it's bright and airy you're always going to have that perfect light!

Angelica Leeds Rooftop Bar

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Headrow House

Home to the Michelin Guide recommended 'Ox House' Headrow House have one of the best places in Leeds to get your Insta shots. Housed in a former textile mill, which dates back to Leeds' tailoring heritage, this multi-use venue is set across four floors. Headrow House is only a 20-minute drive from our hotel in Leeds. When visiting, take a walk up to the roof terrace where you will come across the neon lights of this famous Leeds landmark. Voila! You have your perfect background for those seriously cool selfies. 


Headrow House Leeds

Dark Arches

Located under Leeds train station, these arches used to house some of the best quirky shops in Leeds, but unfortunately, these have now all been given up for car parking spaces. Don't panic though; we don't expect you to take a photo in a car park. Oh no! Much like Headrow House, the arches now have stunning neon lights running through them to give you the most creative of Instagram backgrounds. It'll certainly brighten up your Insta grid!


Dark Arches Leeds

A City less grey

Leeds Bid represents nearly 1,000 businesses across Leeds City Centre in an attempt to transform it. One of their latest projects 'A City less grey' aims to bring colour to the city. Local and National artists have been given the opportunity to display their work across five sites in Leeds, enhancing the overall culture. Again, this isn't somewhere that is necessarily selfie-friendly but it's definitely something worth visiting if cool, urban artwork is your thing. Located all around Leeds, it's only a short drive from our Leeds hotel to the centre, so you can start exploring straight away!


Welcome To Leeds Graffiti

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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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