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Address: 13 Merrion Way | Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8BT, England (Formerly 1st Bowl)
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+44 113 242 0883
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11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 11:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 00:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Leeds MFA bowling centre has been around since the 1960's where it was once...

Leeds MFA bowling centre has been around since the 1960's where it was once the biggest bowling centre on one level in Europe. The centre has hosted many prestige tournaments over the years and has a long running affiliation with bowling leagues ranging form the YBC (Youth Bowling Club) to the Seniors who bowl here every Friday. The centre has changed hands over the years and now is owned by MFA Bowl since 2011. The centre is currently in a transition phase and new pool tables and Sky/BT Sports will be installed. We have only just installed the latest craze from Italy, FootBowl. We have the exclusive rights and Leeds has the very first one.

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The worst bowling alleys I have ever used

We booked online for Staff party. Arrived early to make sure we (the bosses) were there. We went to the bar (cash only) and listened to 4 members of staff swearing and shouting at... read more

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Graham W
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Selby, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is awful and unclean. Horrible atmosphere and they have to be the worst bowling alleys I have ever used. The pins fly everywhere, they have slopes in the floor purposely for you to lose and the alleys are mostly broken and in maintenance. Cheap and good prices for a couple of games but definitely needs some work

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Thank Abi O
Selby, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked online for Staff party. Arrived early to make sure we (the bosses) were there. We went to the bar (cash only) and listened to 4 members of staff swearing and shouting at each other in an almost threatening manner. And this wasn't in gest, this was in a "if you don't like it here then F off and... More 

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Thank Graham W
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This has to be the scruffiest place on earth. Lanes not working unkempt and looks like it needs a good clean. The atmosphere was rubbish no music even after asking if it could be put on. Whilst the kids enjoyed it that was more 2 do with the activity rather than the place. I'd find somewhere else to go

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Thank mikeyh1984
Otley, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

****AVOID**** Rundown, Smelly, Dirty, Broken lanes, Broken Bumpers, Rubbish Everywhere, Unprofessional staff, to name but a few of the things I experienced. Having been here a number of years ago under the AMF name my expectations were to get something of a similar experience to that, or what we currently get at Hollywood bowl... this is no where near to... More 

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Thank 331784
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited today with our 3 children, using Groupon voucher - WOULD NOT have stayed if it had been full price! Staff are ignorant and dismissive, the building is in need of a good CLEAN as it was filthy!! Not enough seats for each bowling alley and multiple alleys not working. WILL NOT be coming back here again will stick to... More 

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Thank Jade K
Leeds, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really do not know where to start with review. I went bowling this weekend and firstly it just stinks. The carpet is sticky, nothing is clean and the pins.... well they just fall over without even throwing a ball. The machines kept jamming up and took ages for the issues to be resolved. The duty manager was a tallish... More 

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Thank Thomasskidmore
Bolton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We went here because our other daughter was at a concert and we needed a place to pass the time, the place is located very close to the arena so thought we would give it a go. Very poor. The guy at the desk gave me 2 left shoes, no size 4s available so had to have a size 5,... More 

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Thank Desi D
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Visited here with a friend for a few games. It's very run down and there aren't enough balls to go round when busy. It could really do with some money being spent on refurbishments. That aside it is cheap and good to have a laugh.

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Thank John S
Stockholm, Sweden
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21 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

The staff doesn't know their stuff. It took the idiot on the reception 25 minutes to sell us one bowling game - seriously, that's your only job there, please learn how to do it. Not to mention she didn't know how to include a student discount and one game cost us £7. It wasn't even worth one. The entire venue... More 

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21 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

After originally going online to make a booking for the football teams night out at the centre I never received an email back to confirm a booking I had to chase them up about this to which they informed me it had been declined the booking and in the end we agreed to do Footbowling instead. On arrival it turned... More 

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