In Leeds you will find a city brimming with culture, sporting heritage, excellent food, an exciting nightlife and superb shopping. Leeds is a popular city break destination with lots to offer visitors from the UK and abroad. It truly is a world class city that caters for all tastes and budgets.

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Culture

It is the only English city outside London with 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 listed 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.

Shopping, night-life and eating out

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. The addition of the Trinity Leeds shopping and leisure centre in 2013 has added 1,000,000 square feet of retail floor space for 120 stores.

Open since 1822 and home to the Marks & Spencer Penny Bazaar, the Leeds Kirkgate Market is the largest covered market in Europe, selling everything you could possibly imagine, from fashion fabrics to quality meat on Butchers Row.

Leeds also has an excellent nightlife scene, 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. The First Direct Arena, opened in September 2013, is the latest of many developments to reinvigorate the city centre, and has already played host to luminaries such as Bruce Springsteen and Elton John.

Business

Leeds is the UK’s third largest city and has an incredibly diverse economy. With particular strengths in financial services, the legal sector, manufacturing, biotech and the creative industries, it offers a friendly and welcoming business environment, where collaborative working comes naturally.

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A great sporting heritage is built around world-famous stadiums like Headingley and Elland Road, and there’s plenty to get involved in yourself too, from world-class golf to some of the country’s best mountain biking. For music lovers the annual Leeds Festival at Bramham Park is a must, where over 75,000 revellers enjoy the biggest and best rock bands over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is within 20 miles of the city centre and is the home to the works of Henry Moore. If you don’t want to stray too far to see plants and wildlife you can tour the world without leaving Leeds by visiting Tropical World in Roundhay.