Welcome to Leeds
Welcome to Leeds - City of Markets
Situated in West Yorkshire is the historic city of Leeds. The city is known for its vibrant nature and leading scene for the arts, with a notorious contemporary art and dance sphere. From hosting the largest covered market in Europe to some of the best loved shopping destinations, it is easy to see why Leeds is one the most visited cities in the UK.
As the UKs largest centre for business, legal and financial services outside of London, Leeds is a very important city. As a result, it is a place of business sky-scrapers which contrast with the low-set victorian buildings in the city centre. Leeds juxtaposes old and new perfectly, and tourists benefit from an array of attractions to visit.
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With one of the largest student populations in the country, Leeds has one of the biggest and best nightlife scenes in all of the United Kingdom. The world-class after dark scene offers a massive variety of clubs and bars to suit every kind of night out imaginable. From traditional pubs to laid back bars or late night clubs, those hitting the town are spoilt for choice.
Leeds boasts a fantastic clubbing scene which host some of the country's best up-until-dawn events. World known DJs regularly perform at Mission, Mint, Gatecrasher Seven, Rehab, and The Warehouse: the city's biggest dance club nights.
For those who have a more alternative taste in clubs and bars, Call Lane is a favoured spot for a night out. Here, Oporto (recently voted as the best night out in the United Kingdom), Boutique, Chilli White, Jake's Bar and Norman are popular choices.
Leeds also offers an array of classy nights out. Notably, Oracle is a sophisticated bar with beautiful décor and an attractive terrace overlooking the river. It serves good food and a fine selection of wines, spirits, cocktails, champagne and beer.
For a more laid back evening, the artsy North Bar is recognised for its great music and beer. The Box and The Skyrack supply excellent entertainment, drinks and food. In Leeds, there is a significant choice of traditional and quirky pubs and bars on almost every corner to sit down and socialise over a good quality drink.
The city is also renowned for its live music scene. Some of the biggest artists have performed at The Wardrobe, while The Cockpit - fantastic for its club nights - has also attracted many well known musicians. While it isn't technically night-life, as one of Britain's most prolific annual music events, Leeds Festival must be mentioned. Attracting world-class musicians, Leeds festival never fails to offer an exciting line-up.
The compact city centre contains one of the finest shopping hotspots in the country. From market stalls and independent shops to highstreet bands and leading designer labels, Leeds has it all. The recently opened Trinity Leeds provides an internationally renowned shopping experience. With one million square feet of shopping, cafes and restaurants, customers can explore this state of art shopping centre at their own leisure. The streets surrounding Leeds Trinity offer yet again another brilliant choice of shops.
The Victoria Quarter is the reason why Leeds is frequently described as 'The Knightsbridge of the North', for it offers arguably the best premium shopping experience outside of London. It brings together designer brands such as Harvey Nichols, Vivienne Westwood, Diesel, All Saints, Jigsaw, Karen Millen, Ted Baker and much more.
Open six days a week, Leeds Kirkgate Market is officially Europe's largest indoor market. Over 800 stalls are spread out i in the attractive victorian building, selling a wide range of cheap produce.
Leeds is rich in attractions and places to explore. The best bit? Many are free!
With its beautiful Victorian architecture and good range of museums, Leeds is perfect for those who love a taste of history. In the city centre, it is a treat to view the Victoria Quarter, the stunning Grade I listed Corn Exchange and the impressive Town Hall complete with its charming clock tower. On the outskirts of the city, the 18th Century Harewood House and the beautiful Kirkstall Abbey are popular historical attractions.
Leeds Grand Opera Theatre & Opera House is a must see. In this remarkable setting holding up to 1550 people, fantastic performances ranging from burlesque, dance, drama, comedy and music productions are put on, including performances from the famous Northern Ballet.
Leeds' celebrated contemporary art scene is showcased in Leeds Art Gallery and Henry Moore Institute, while Leeds City Museum walks visitors through thousands of years of the city's history. Not for the light hearted, The Thackray Medical Museum is a fascinating exhibition of the history of medicine. The Royal Armouries is another popular choice amongst tourists.
For family days out, Tropical World is an exciting rainforest adventure in the heart of Leeds. The nearby Roundhay Park consists of hundreds of acres of enchanting parkland, perfect for children to embark on woodland adventures and for families to have a picnic by the lake graced by swans.
Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 00:00
As with the rest of the UK, Leeds experiences all four seasons. Typical for Northern England, the city sees mild summers and cold, cloudy winters with occasional snow and frost. However, summer temperatures can reach well above 20°C (68°F). Due to its East Pennine location, Leeds has one of the lowest rainfall rates compared to other cities in the UK. As with the rest of England, the weather can be somewhat unpredictable; it is common for an overcast, cool morning to turn into a sunny, warm afternoon, and vice versa. May, June, July, August and September are the most pleasant months to visit Leeds, for these months are when the sun shines most often.
Due to its central location, Leeds has fantastic transport links with the rest of the UK, including to major cities such as London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh.