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.

We can’t wait to see you

City Varieties Music Hall will reopen on Monday 17 May 2021 with socially distanced live performances and an exciting new film programme presented in collaboration with sister venue Hyde Park Picture House. We have done everything we can to make our venue COVID-secure, and your visit a safe and enjoyable experience.

For a comprehensive guide to our COVID-secure measures, and what you can expect when you visit click here

LHT logo and the words welcome back

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

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.

Eating and drinking

Inside of the City Varieties bar. There is a dark wood bar on the right hand side, an antique grandfather clock in the distance and dark wood round tables on the left. The carpet is red with a gold pattern and the walls are also red.
  • Enjoy a pre-show or interval drink in our historic Circle Bar.
  • The bar opens one hour before the performance, and serves draught and bottled beer, a good selection of spirits, wine, soft drinks, and tea and coffee.
  • There is also a small kiosk at the rear of the Stalls where you can purchase drinks 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.
  • City Varieties patrons receive 20% off food pre- and post-show (T&Cs apply).

Find out more

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.