The external glass lift shaft at the front of City Varieties. Is is slightly taller than the red brick building of the theatre and has City Varieties Music Hall written vertically on it.

360-degree virtual tour

Leeds 2023 Year of Culture logo in black and white

As part of Leeds 2023 Year of Culture, a 360 degree tour of City Varieties Music Hall was commissioned and can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

This virtual tour provides an excellent glimpse into Leeds’ oldest theatre and the Guinness World Record holder for the longest running music hall from the comfort of your home. It also allows first-time visitors, or audience members with access needs, a chance to familiarise yourself with the venue ahead of your visit. Come on in.

360-degree virtual tour of City Varieties

Getting here and parking

City Varieties is located on Swan Street, a pedestrianised, cobbled alley linking Briggate with Lands Lane in Leeds city centre.



Parking is available at several city centre car parks near the venue. There is no vehicle access to the building for customers.

  1. Q-Park St Johns
  2. Q-Park The Light
  3. NCP The Core
  4. Q-Park Albion Street
  5. Templar and Edward Street
  6. Victoria Gate Multi Storey

*Enjoy 20% discount when pre-booking at any Q-Park with the code GT20

Public Transport

City Varieties is around a 10 minutes’ walk from Leeds bus station and 15 minutes’ walk from Leeds train station.

Buses to the centre also stop nearby on The Headrow, Vicar Lane and Boar Lane, all of which are within 5-10 minutes’ walk of the venue.

Blue Badge Parking

All the car parks listed above have provision for Blue Badge holders. In addition, there are on-street parking bays for Blue Badge holders across Leeds city centre.

For all Blue Badge parking in Leeds go to: City Centre Blue Badge Parking Map.


We are working to make all Leeds Heritage Theatres’ venues as accessible as possible. If you have questions about accessing City Varieties Music Hall, or would like to arrange a visit, please contact us. You can also view our seating plan here or more information can be found on our Access page.

Eating and drinking

  • Our bars open one hour before the performance, serving a good selection of draught and bottled beer, spirits, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee, and snacks. Drinks can be taken into the auditorium to enjoy during the performance but must be decanted into plastic cups.
  • City Varieties Music Hall does not serve food but The White Swan (located next door) serves a wide range of hot and cold food throughout the day. Patrons receive 20% off food pre- and post-show (T&Cs apply).
Exterior of the White Swan pub which is next door to City Varieties. The brick work is painted black with the writing in white and there are tables outside with people sat at them.