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Vacation in Leeds

By Maria Williams



Leeds is a city in the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds in West Yorkshire in the north of England. The River Aire runs through the city. In 1974 the former county borough of Leeds was merged with the towns of Wetherby, Morley, Otley, Pudsey, and other surrounding areas to form a metropolitan borough - the city status of the county borough being conferred on the new metropolitan borough.


Leeds was an agricultural market town in the middle ages, and received its first charter in 1207. In the Tudor period Leeds was mainly a merchant town manufacturing woollen cloths and trading with Europe via the Humber estuary. At one point nearly half of England's total export passed through Leeds. The introduction of the Leeds and Leeds Canal in 1816 and the railway in 1848 catalysed the city's industrial growth.

Places of interest

Despite its longtime reputation as a grimy northern industrial city, Leeds will surprise anyone with the beauty and diversity of its City Centre. Some places to visit except the museums and art galleries:

* Quarry Hill Cultural Quarter

* Millennium Square

* Leeds Arena

* Harewood / Eastgate shopping quarters (commence Late 2006/Early 2007)

* Trinity Shopping Quarter (commence 2006)

* South Leeds Sport Centre

Museums and Art Galleries

Leeds has a large number of museums, being the home of the Royal Armouries Museum (opened in 1996), the Leeds City Museum which is dedicated to the history of Yorkshire, the Thackray's Medical Museum and the Leeds City Art Gallery. Leeds also boasts the Grand Theatre, the City Varieties music hall and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.


While many cities can boast innumerable shopping centres and high street stores Leeds trademark is sophistication. It has become the shopping Mecca of the North - Gucci, Prada, D&G grace Harvey Nic's rails. Excepts these, street shops like - Karen Millen, Jigsaw, Kookai, Lambretta, Vivienne Westwood, Joseph, Ted Baker and Mexx jostle, are waiting there to feast the shopping spree in Leeds. The heart of Leeds is The Headrow, the city's main thoroughfare. Along its length one can find some of the city's main attractions; the City Museum, City Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute which has the finest collection of 20th Century paintings outside of the Tate. Off The Headrow is Briggate with its ornate shopping centres. The Grand Theatre and Opera House are located here also. Major shows visit regularly so it's worth checking out. Over all the City Center hosts a shopping center that fulfills every need of shopping.

Food & Drink

The city of Leeds offers an extensive choice of places to eat, drink and relax. Award winning restaurants, Victorian pubs, fashionable wine bars and venues offering every type of ethnic cuisine ensure that all tastes. Leeds has a very large student population and boasts a large number of bars and nightclubs, as well as venues for live bands such as the Cockpit, The New Roscoe, and Joseph's Well, which combine to generate a vibrant nightlife. For American style restaurants TGI Fridays, Wellington Street, Frankie and Benny's, Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall, Hard Rock Caf are few to name. Babylon, 10 York Place, Browns, The Headrow, The Calls Grill are some of European style restaurants. From Chinese, French to Italian all type of food is available in Leeds. Listed are some famous among them: Cafe Rouge, Canton Flavour, Lucky Dragon, Little Tokyo, Cactus Lounge etc.


Leeds has two universities, the University of Leeds, and Leeds Metropolitan University as well as various higher education colleges, including Trinity & All Saints' College accredited by the University of Leeds, giving it one of the largest student populations in the country. The main campuses of both universities are near the city centre, as is that of the similarly revered College of Art. Leeds Grammar School, situated on the outskirts of the city at Alwoodley Gates and dating back to 1552, is the principal public school for boys. Leeds Girls' High School is an independent, selective school for girls, located in Headingley and consistently ranked highly in education tables.


The town has a strong sporting heritage, with the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos (the Rugby League team) and Leeds Tykes (the Rugby Union team) playing at Headingley Stadium, and Leeds United F.C. playing at Elland Road.

Tours and Sightseeing

An organized tour in Leeds consists of local sightseeing including museums and playhouses, shopping and Leeds Castle.

Hotels and accommodations

The dedicated team at SleepUK can assist and advise on all your Leeds hotel requirements. Online and offline access to Leeds' accommodation network ensures travelers will be offered the best possible deal at the time of your visit whether you require luxury hotels in Leeds or budget hotels in Leeds.

Hotels in all categories are opening in Leeds all the time, reflecting the city's renewed prosperity and popularity as a short-break destination.

Whether you are visiting Leeds on vacation or just on business trip, you may need to find accommodation in Leeds and stay overnight in a B&B or a budget or luxury hotel.

Leeds has lots of budget and luxury hotels. They are very much convenient, friendly and comfortable. Among them - Ascot Grange Hotel Malmaison Hotel Leeds Express by Holiday Inn Leeds City Centre The Butlers Hotel Haley's Hotel and Restaurant Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel 42 The Calls Harewood Arms Quebecs, The Leeds Boutique Hotel Golden Lion Hotel Comfort Inn Leeds Merrion Hotel Harman Suites 1 & 2, Self-Catering Apartments, Nea Ramada Leeds Parkway Hotel Village Hotel & Leisure Club Leeds are few to name about.


It has in the past been served well by its canal, and today by its rail network at Leeds station, from where Metro Trains operate to all parts of West Yorkshire and other operators to the rest of the country. Leeds Station is the busiest in the UK, outside London. With two motorway (the A1 (M), M1 and M62) intersecting at Leeds, it is the principal northern hub of the motorway network. Leeds Bradford International Airport is located to the north-west of the city and has scheduled flights to destinations within the U.K and Europe.

About The Author
Maria Williams

Occupation: Traveler


Biography: Maria is with Sleep UK - providers of discounted hotels to make your stay in the UK as comfortable as possible.

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