It’s the latest rage, a game that will see you and your mates locked in a room with no escape – unless you can puzzle your way out.
Looking for a fun way to spend time with your friends? After a neat team building activity? Try one of the many escape games in Leeds. It’s the latest craze to take over the city and it’ll see you locked in a room with your mates – the only way out is to solve a series of puzzles, clues and riddles that will lead you on an unusual adventure. Fancy it? Here’s where to go…
The Great Escape Game
Said to be ‘the mother of all locked room escape games’, The Great Escape Game arrived in Leeds with a serious game plan – they’d already won over Sheffield with their unusual themed games and Leeds was next on the list.
They have seven rooms for you to work your way through, each of which has an interesting backstory. You can venture into the underworld on a secret mission, play the devil at his own game or head up a rescue mission into unknown territory – the choice is yours. Each game is ranked by difficulty, so you can start with something easy and work up to a seriously tricky escape. Prices start from £16 per person off peak and £18 per person at peak times, but vary depending on the size of your group. Their rooms are designed for 2-8 players.
The Great Escape Game, Atlas House, 31 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HL.
Escape Hunt is one of the biggest players in the industry. They have locked-in rooms in over 50 different locations, from Sydney to Paris, and opened their first UK venue right here in Leeds.
All their games are created by their Global Design Studio, so they’re built on years of experience and you’ll see it in the game. They’re designed to pull you in and make you part of the action, so you won’t just be locked in the room, you’ll take on a character and a backstory. Their first Leeds game, Our Finest Hour, will bring out the secret agent in you as set off on a counter-intelligence mission in the midsts of World War II. It’s £25 per person, no matter how many people play. Their rooms are designed for 2-6 players.
Escape Hunt, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL.
Tick Tock Unlock
The original Leeds escape game, Tick Tock Unlock has been locking folk up for longer than we care to remember. They’ve got a covetable location, just minutes from Leeds Train Station, and have no less than seven different rooms for you to work your way out of.
Each one has a different theme and you have an hour to get out – you can step into an abandoned asylum, venture into ancient Egypt or even follow Alice down the rabbit hole. You could even try their new venture, The Hyper Reality Experience, which is based in Trinity Leeds – it’s a virtual reality take on the escape game concept that will bring the experience to life with real actors. This one is just 15 minutes long, but prices start from £7.50 per person. For all their other games, prices start at £17 per person, but vary depending on the size of your group. Their rooms are designed for 3-6 players.
Tick Tock Unlock, Third Floor, Kings House, 1 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HH & The Hyper Reality Experience, Arena 1, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.
Locked In Games
Just on the outskirts of Leeds city centre, Locked In Games is another old favourite. They recently moved to new premises, which means they have even more space to play with – and they’ve used it to create six unique escape games.
So, what do you fancy? You can take on the Kiss of Death as you battle to save the patients of St Margaret’s Hospital – or why not go back to school in the Classroom of Doom? They’ve also got a nursery, a hotel heist and an American diner – but our favourite is their literature themed room, which will take you into the world of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. Prices start from £16 per person but vary depending on the size of your group. Their rooms are designed for 3-5 players. Organising a works do? They have a conference room and two training rooms, so you can mix business and pleasure.
Locked In Games, 2 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3AP.
Escape Reality has eight venues in the UK, including one in Leeds. It’s tucked away in Armley and it holds a surprising array of experiences – they have seven games, each kitted out with realistic sets and complex puzzles.
You’re absolutely spoilt for choice here. You could go Down the Rabbit Hole with an Alice in Wonderland inspired adventure that will transport you to a topsy turvy world where nothing is what it seems. Want something a little bit darker? They’ve got their own take on Nosferatu – you’ll find yourself in a small region of Romania in 1841 where a legendary vampire is on the rampage. Can you find him before your time is up? Prices start from £16 per person but vary depending on the size of your group. Their rooms are designed for 2-5 players.
Escape Reality, 164 Armley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2TY.
Parapark was one of the first escape games ever created. It was started by personality trainer, Attila Gyurkovics – he saw an opportunity to turn his day job into entertainment by creating a series of inspired puzzles and games.
They now have two rooms in Leeds. The first is The 9th Gateway, a locked in room with a creepy back story – something happened here decades ago and now this place is cursed, once you’ve entered the portal, you only have 60 minutes to get through the gateway before it closes forever. That’s accompanied by Studio Nr 113 – when the lovely old lady in room 113 goes missing, it becomes clear that there are darker forces at work. Can you find her before it’s too late? Prices start from £14 per person, but vary depending on the size of your group. Their rooms are designed for 2-6 players.
Parapark, 110 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
The Guest House
The Guest House is a little more family friendly than the others, their rooms are designed for people aged 12+, so you can bring the whole family.
Just because you can bring teens, doesn’t mean it’ll be easy though. You’ll get 60 minutes to crack codes, solve riddles and uncover clues, all of which will lead you to your escape. They have two rooms. Madame Virtue’s Tarot Room has been booby-trapped by its paranoid inhabitant and you’ll have to take on her quizzes and puzzles to escape. The Extraordinary Study of Professor Wilbanks is equally well protected – he’s famed for his trickery, but will you be able to escape before he returns from his latest expedition? Prices start from £16 per person, but vary depending on the size of your group. Their rooms are designed for 2-6 players.
The Guest House, The Leeming Building, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HZ.
Kanyu is a little bit different. For a start, it’s out in the sticks, in the lovely Yorkshire countryside. It’s also hidden within a Grade II Georgian Gatehouse, which they’ve transformed into the ultimate escape room centre.
They’ve used movie set designers to create hyper-realistic experiences. FusionLX are the masterminds behind their puzzles and challenges, they’re one of the country’s top AV & interactive specialists and they’ve worked on special exhibitions for the British Museum and The Natural History Museum. From a long-abandoned lab to an oak-panelled study, they have two rooms for you to try, with a third on the way. It’s £20 per person, no matter how many people play. Their rooms are designed for 2-6 players.
South Lodge, Moor End, Boston Spa, Wetherby, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6ER.