About Leeds

Leeds is situated in the middle of the UK, with a diverse population of 781,700, Leeds is the the third largest and one of the fastest growing, greenest cities in the UK.  Leeds is full of exciting places to visit, innumerable Victorian buildings and arcades, shopping centre’s and canalside walks with the city being divided by both the River Aire and also the lengthy Leeds to Liverpool canal.  

Leeds is home to numerous sights to see, such as the City Square – a large, public square which is well pedestrianised and surrounded by a mixture of historic and modern buildings; the Waterfront – transformed into a trendy place to shop and eat; the Millennium Square – in the heart of Leeds city centre, capable of accommodating more than 20,000 people and including the famous Nelson Mandela Gardens’ the Victoria Quarter – home to an enormous array of shops, fashion outlets and highly regarded restaurants.
 
Abbey Steam Railway – on the outskirts, providing scenic journeys into the Yorkshire Dales.
 
Leeds also has a number of excellent museums, providing interesting information and heritage exhibitions. Some of the most visited include the Thackray Medical Museum – celebrating the wonders of surgery through the ages, and recently awarded a Gold Award for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year; the 18th-century Bronte Parsonage Museum – once home to the famous Bronte sisters; the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television – full of vast collections of memorabilia from television programmes and films; the Ilkley Manor House and Museum – a grand, Elizabethan manor house with ruined remains of an important Roman fortress and collections of Roman artefacts; and the impressive Eureka Museum for Children – with an enormous number of themed-interactive exhibits.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Leeds comes in various guises, ranging from hotels, Bed and Breakfast, serviced apartments and camping.

Familiar hotel chain accommodation are very popular, and there are plenty of options to choose around the city.

For a spot of luxury accommodation there are plenty of 4 star hotels  to choose between.

 

B&B’s in Leeds offer great value for money with the personal touch.  A majority of the B&B’s are conveniently situated behind the university campus and further can be found in Headingly close to the Cricket ground.

There are a significant number of serviced apartments in Leeds which provide the flexibility of your own space and the services of a hotel – including room cleaning and room service – perfect for those looking for than a bed.

Self catering accommodation offers a true escape from the hustle of the city, it may not seem like an obvious choice but it can offer great value for money for those on longer stays.

There are numerous camping and caravan sites which can tailored to your needs in and around Leeds. 

Shopping

Leeds is often called the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’ as it has over 1,000 shops which are a combination of designer stores, high street brands, market stall and independent boutiques.

Most shops in Leeds are open seven days a week opening 09:00 to 17:30 or later with some shops opening until late on Thursday/Friday and Saturday.

Eating Out

Leeds has a rich history of fabulous restaurants, with numerous famous Chef’s making their home in the city.  There are a great range of  local and independent restaurants.  With so many restaurants the range of cuisine is very varied, with everything from Mexican to Thai, European to tapas and much more.  Whatever your taste and budget, you will find somewhere delicious to go.

Getting around Leeds

Leeds City centre is fairly compact and so is easy to get around on foot.  Aternatively, there are plenty of bus services and taxi’s to get you where you want to go.

Leeds Bus Station, is located on Dyer Street, and is well served bu local bus services.

The railway station has a Public hire taxi rank which operates 24 hours a day.  The rank is served by 537 taxis, 237 of which are wheelchair accessible.  All taxi’s are fitted with a meter. 

There is no specific cycle network or public bike hire but route maps and cycling parking can be found on the Leeds City Council website

Additional Ideas and Information

For more ideas and information on places to go and see in and around Leeds got to visit leeds website.