Getting here

The Howard Assembly Room is located on New Briggate, on the corner with Harrison Street (previously it was accessed via the Leeds Grand Theatre main entrance).

Read or listen to our guide notes for getting to and around the Howard Assembly Room.

Public Transport

The Howard Assembly Room is around a 10 minute walk from Leeds bus station and a 15 minute walk from Leeds train station. For train timetables contact Northern Rail or TransPennine Express. Buses to the centre also stop nearby on The Headrow, Vicar Lane and Boar Lane, all of which are within a 5-10 minute walk of the venue. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro.


Parking is available at several city centre car parks near the venue:

Blue badge parking is available at all of the car parks listed above, for further information you can view the Leeds City Centre Blue Badge Parking map.


To be dropped-off outside the Howard Assembly Room:

  • From York Road take the exit onto Vicar Lane. Then turn right up Harrison Street and right again onto New Briggate.
  • From Merrion Street, follow the road until New Briggate, taking the right lane onto Vicar Lane. Then turn right up Harrison Street and right again onto New Briggate.
  • From Leeds Playhouse or Leeds Bus Station, you can only use The Headrow and then turn right onto Vicar Lane if you are using a hackney carriage from 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm.

If your navigation system directs you to a restricted route, use Q-Park at St John’s Centre as your destination. Follow Merrion Street until New Briggate and follow the right lane to Vicar Lane. Then turn right up Harrison Street and right again onto New Briggate.

For more detail, download the Leeds City Centre Traffic Restriction Routes Map and Disabled Routes Map.

Steps, seating and toilets


You can access the venue through the new Howard Assembly Room foyer on New Briggate. There is a platform lift to get into the atrium and a front of house lift which goes to all floors including the Howard Assembly room (number 2 in the lift) and the gallery (number 3 in the lift).


Our seats have the following dimensions: 440mm H x 440mm W x 470mm D and backrest 400mm H.

There are two wheelchair spaces, but this can be increased if more are required. Please call the Box Office on 0113 223 3600, or email for more information.  


Two wheelchair accessible toilets can be found on Level 1 of the Howard Assembly Room. All toilets are gender neutral. 

Support animals

Support and guide dogs are welcome in the venue and can be looked after on request.  

Guidelines for attending with a dog

  • We recommend contacting the Box Office to make your booking. You can do this:
    In Person: 12pm – 2pm Monday to Friday plus Saturday performance days
    By Phone: 0113 223 3600 12pm – 6pm Monday to Friday plus Saturday performance days
  • We ask that assistance dogs are fully house trained
  • You can take your assistant dog into the auditorium with you
  • We recommend booking an aisle seat
  • On arrival we will inform you of any theatrical effects such as flashing lights and loud noises
  • If you feel it is inappropriate for the dog to be in the auditorium, the dog can stay with a staff member
  • To ensure a safe place for all visitors we ask that dogs are either kept in a travel basket or similar, or on a lead throughout their visit
  • The owner is responsible for the dog at all times

Consideration for attending with a dog

Animals other than Service, Assistant and Emotional Support Dogs are not permitted in the Howard Assembly Room.

Before bringing a dog into the venue we ask that you consider the impact on others using the venue.

Please bear in mind that some people may have allergies or other medical conditions that can be exacerbated by contact with animals. They may also have a fear response arising from past experiences with dogs.

Please consider the history of the animal, in particular the animals’ reaction to contact with unfamiliar people in a new and often busy environment where space can be limited.

Performances may contain loud and sudden noises, bright and flashing lights.

If the dog causes disruption or poses a risk to others, you may be asked to remove the dog from the venue.

If you have any further questions please email Box Office on:

Hearing loop

We have hearing loops installed at the Howard Assembly Room box office, and in the venue itself.

If you would like to use the hearing loop please let us know in advance by contacting our Box Office.

The hearing loop is most effective at the front of the stalls.

Access Membership

If you have any access requirements you can sign up to our Access Membership Scheme. Members can book online for Opera North performances in Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds Town Hall and the Howard Assembly Room with any associated discounts, and with the information you supply we can find you appropriate seats quickly and easily.

Download the application form as a Word Doc and as a PDF.  If you require any additional support in completing your application, please get in touch. If you feel unable to complete the application in writing we are happy to arrange a phone or video call with a member of our team to record your details verbally.

Get in touch

Address: Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU
Phone: 0113 2233600


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