Is there a more fun way to exercise the grey matter? It’s time to channel your inner detective at one of the city’s escape games.
You, your friends, a locked door and a ticking clock. That’s right, it’s time to visit the best escape rooms in Leeds over the last few years. Ever more confusing, ever more challenging and ever more fun. They’re a chance to solve ingenious puzzles in a tight time limit and get one up on your colleagues or better half. No two are the same, with wildly diverse themes and riddles. Sounds great, right? Here’s the pick of the bunch…
Up on the second floor of the White Rose Centre, The Escapologist has some of the most fiendish escape games in all of Leeds. You can get ready for your challenge in the steampunk-themed bar or debrief afterwards on where it all went right or so horribly wrong.
The four rooms change themes from time to time, but recent adventures include head-scratching puzzles drawing on the worlds of Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes and Guy Fawkes. Prices start at £20 but get lower the bigger your group is. Most of the rooms are for two to six people, but you’ll need the full six for the tea party madness of ‘Almost Alice’.
The Escapologist, White Rose Shopping Centre, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8LU.
Trapp’d Escape Rooms
Just minutes from Elland Road, Trapp’d boasts a trio of rooms that are billed as family-friendly, but with themes you won’t see at any other venue. That’s certainly true of their atmospheric Salem game, which brings to life the legendary 17th century witch trials. It takes place in a creepy cabin, so you’ll probably be glad of the company of your teammates.
Their two other rooms will test your skills, with VX2.0 pitting you against a chemical weapon as the timer counts down and Reanimation demanding you help Doctor Frankenstein to bring to life his famous monster. They even publish the escape rates on their website, so you can see the hardest rooms before you go. Prices range from £13 to £25 each, depending on your group size.
Trapp’d Escape Rooms, 1 Benyon Park Way, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6DP.
Building out from their original home in Bangkok, Escape Hunt now spans the globe, from the US to the UAE and beyond. Of course, it’s the Leeds branch you’ll want to know about, and it doesn’t disappoint. Their rooms are truly immersive, meaning you and your friends won’t just have to escape the room, you’ll get a character to inhabit too.
Worlds Collide is the officially licensed Doctor Who room, where you’ve got an hour to thwart the threat of the Cybermen. Our Finest Hour whisks you back to a world of intrigue in World War Two, while The Fourth Samurai transports you to ancient Japan. Add in the pirate pleasures of Blackbeard’s Treasure and it’s clear that this is a locked room destination in Leeds with a real difference. It’s £25 per person for two to three players or £20 each if there are four to six of you.
Escape Hunt, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
With iron thrones and a haunted board game, it’s easy to see where Escape Reality draw their inspiration from. What’s especially great is that they differ in difficulty, which means first-timers can take on the three-star rooms, while wily veterans can tackle the challenge of the full five stars.
Amongst those more infernal rooms are Alcatraz and the dark Apocalypse with its biological weapons and cannibalistic murders, setting the pace pulsing as you battle the clock. If you want to ease yourself into things, go for Jungalia, where you’ll notice the echoes of Jumanji as you try and break free of a different realm. Rooms accommodate two to six players, with prices starting at £16 per person.
Escape Reality, 164 Armley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2TY.
Kanyu has firmly established itself as one of the most distinct escape rooms in Leeds, helped in no small part by its sensational location inside a Grade II Georgian gatehouse close to Wetherby. Not many escape games take place in a listed building! The setting only adds to the tension of their three puzzle rooms, with themes that are defiantly different to the norm.
They drew on the expertise of FusionLX to design their rooms, AV specialists who’ve worked on exciting projects for the British Museum and York Minister. Add the creative magic of the craftsmen behind on Star Wars films, and you can see why the three linked stories of Sir Henry Cunningham are so wildly popular. It’s £20 per person whether there are two or six of you. If the weather’s good, go for Poachers’ Compound – one of the few outdoor escape games in Leeds.
Kanyu, South Lodge, Moor End, Boston Spa, Wetherby, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6ER.
Locked In Games
Whether it’s a staff getaway, team building exercise, birthday party, hen or stag, Locked In Games is geared up to help you celebrate with six slippery rooms to work your way through. They’ll even provide pizza and drinks for you and your guests after you’ve embraced the challenges, all of which last between 60 and 90 minutes.
They’ve made inventive use of their location in the Old Sheepscar Library, carving out half a dozen distinct experiences. Dare you step into Shirley’s Die-ner to solve the mystery behind the bomb in the microwave? Will you get a golden ticket to thwart Mr. Wonka at the Chocolocked Factory? With prices ranging from £16 to £21 per person, based on the number of players, you might well want to tackle them all.
Locked In Games, 2 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3AP.