Leeds (i/ˈliːdz/) is a city and metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. It has a population of over 400,000 people and is one of the most important cities in the UK.
Leeds is the UK's largest centre for business, legal, and financial services outside London.
Leeds has its own repertory theatre, opera house and ballet companies. Leeds Art Gallery has one of the UK’s best collections of contemporary British art (The Times) and the city is home to the Royal Armouries, the national collection of arms and armour.
There are more protected buildings in Leeds than in any English city outside London, with highlights including the Victoria Quarter, Leeds Corn Exchange and Harewood House, home of the Queen’s cousin.
The Rough Guide to Britain named shopping in Leeds as one of the top thirty things to do in the UK, and with five miles of shopping streets and one of the country’s largest pedestrianised zones it’s easy to see why.
Leeds also has excellent nightlife, with numerous restaurants and independent bars, and is one of the UK’s best cities for dining out according to the Which? Good Food Guide. It has two big Universities, and a thriving student scene.
There are world-famous stadiums like Headingley (cricket and rugby) and Elland Road (football), and there’s plenty to get involved in yourself too, from world-class golf to some of the country’s best mountain biking.
Leeds is the ideal gateway to the Yorkshire region – the Yorkshire Dales National Park is just 20 miles away, and features some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK, with incredible scenery from inspiring moorlands to stunning coastlines.
Leeds/Bradford airport is only a short bus or taxi journey away and Manchester Airport also has a direct train to Leeds station (50 minutes). London can be reached in 2 hours and 12 minutes by train, and Edinburgh in 3 hours. You can also visit the beautiful east coast by train in just over 1 hour.