Leeds isnít an obvious destination for a UK city break. But look a little closer and youíll see itís teeming with exciting attractions and landmarks. Leeds is actually the largest city in West Yorkshire and, thanks to its thriving music scene and lively student community, offers a vibrant atmosphere for residents and visitors alike.
If youíre planning a city break in Leeds, or even a day trip, hereís a quick guide on what to expect.
Attractions in the city
Leeds is a big place, but many of its main attractions can be found in the city centre. If youíre a fan of ecclesiastical architecture, thereís plenty to see in Leeds: major holy sites include the Parish Church in Kirkgate, the Holy Trinity Church on Boar Lane, Oxford Place Chapel and St Johnís Church, among many others.
In the cityís Civic Quarter, youíll find several landmarks, including the Town Hall, the Central Lending Library and Leeds General Infirmary. Millennium Square is also a popular public gathering point, which features the lovely Mandela Gardens and often plays host to concerts, markets and exhibitions.
Although there are some museums and galleries in Leeds, like the Art Gallery and the City Museum, the cityís favourite pastime is shopping. One popular shopping complex in the city centre is The Light, which houses shops, restaurants, bars, a cinema and even a hotel.
Elsewhere, youíll find the main shopping street, Briggate, which features many main high street stores. If youíre after designer clothing, head to the Victoria Quarter, while its arcades Ė like the Queenís and Thorntonís arcade Ė is more suited to those looking for something a bit different. And on roads like King Edwards Street and Albion place, youíll be able to enjoy shopping in distinctly elegant architectural surroundings.
Travel and accommodation in Leeds
Getting to Leeds is relatively easy by rail; itís just over two hours from London, and only an hour from Manchester. If youíre travelling from overseas, you might be able to get a flight to Leeds Bradford International Airport, though trains between Leeds and Manchester Airport are also available.
Once youíre in Leeds, getting around is simple: the city centre sights are walkable and thereís an extensive bus network to take your further afield. And if youíre looking for a city hotel in Leeds, rest assured that itís possible to find central accommodation no matter what your budget. Leeds is home to everything from small, intimate B&Bs to stylish boutique hotels and huge global hotel chains. So you can count on finding affordable and central Leeds accommodation regardless of how much you have to spend.