Travelling around Leeds
The largest city in Yorkshire, Leeds is situated in the Aire Valley on the foothills of the Pennines. It is England’s third most populous city (outside London and Birmingham) and is the commercial and financial heart of Yorkshire.
Despite its vast urban expansion, Leeds is just a stone’s throw away from the famously picturesque Yorkshire Dales, with valleys, meadows and moorlands ready to explore.
Leeds has excellent air, road and rail links. Arriva buses operate in the area, providing services to and from Huddersfield, Wakefield and Castleford, as well as local towns and villages, such as Selby, Dewsbury and Halifax.
A visit to Leeds wouldn’t be complete without a wander around the shops. This really is the city where you’ll shop ‘til you drop! There are several indoor shopping centres, including the Corn Exchange, Trinity Leeds and Victoria Gate. With so many quirky independent market stalls, high-end designer brands and large department stores, Leeds really does have it all.
If you’re craving some culture, Leeds has a lot to offer. Art is a core part of the city’s identity and there are galleries, theatres, events and exhibitions aplenty. Visit the Henry Moore Institute for a celebration of sculpture or the Phoenix Dance Theatre. Known as the ‘powerhouse of inventive dance’, this is the home of Northern Ballet.
If getting close to nature is your thing, you won’t have far to go. Roundhay Park is one of the largest city parks in Europe, with 700 acres of parks, woodland and gardens to discover. There are several other parks and outdoor attractions dotted around the city too. There are also some great campsites, mountain biking tracks and walking routes within easy reach of Leeds.
Leeds has a thriving nightlife, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when the sun goes down. Head to Call Lane for lively hustle and bustle, Briggate for a traditional pint down a cobbled street, or Millennium Square for cocktails after work.