Take a Look at our Guide to Leeds

By: Karra Maxim
Often known as the North's unofficial capital, Leeds is a fun place. It has got a historic population of almost 450,000. In addition to its many residents, Leeds also attracts many business travellers and tourists. It’s a popular city thanks to its many places of interest, fun nightlife and wonderful opportunities for shopping.

Leeds is well known as the home of the historical Kirkgate Market. The market is Europe’s second largest indoor market and is open 6 days a week.

Kirkgate Market first started in 1822 as an open-air market and the first covered sections were built between 1850 and 1875. Sadly, most of the structure was destroyed in a 1975 fire. However, the Market was refurbished in the early 1990s and following this, Kirkgate Market was upgraded from a Grade II to a Grade I listed structure. It attracts more than 100 thousand visitors every single week.

You'll find Leeds easy to get to via car, bus, coach & train. Trains run from Leeds Railway Station, also called Leeds City, to the middle of London, Southampton, Bournemouth, Plymouth, Birmingham, Leicester, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool & plenty more destinations throughout the UK.

Stuff to Do

If you would like to shop 'til you drop, Leeds is the ideal place to do it. The city has some wonderful shops to suit any pocket, including high-end shops like Harvey Nicholls & Louis Vuitton in the Victoria Quarter.

In addition to this, you'll locate high-street shops in the city's Headrow Centre. Alternative fashion lovers will also locate some genuine bargains in the Corn Exchange, which houses shops including Grin.

If you are not keen on shopping, you will be happy to know that Leeds has plenty of other places of interest. These include the really educational Royal Armouries Museum & the Henry Moore Institute, which caters to the arty tourist. Alternatively, you could visit one of the city's fabulous parks or even the stunning Nelson Mandela gardens, which are handily situated in the heart of the city.

In addition to wonderful shopping and culture, Leeds also has wonderful nightlife. From elite cocktail bars and rustic pubs to gay venues and impressive nightclubs, the city truly boasts something for everyone.

If you'd rather have an early night, you will be happy to know that the city also boasts some wonderful luxury hotels, including the Leeds Novotel. These hotels offer a real treat, so you can't fail to get a wonderful sleep and a wonderful breakfast.

So, whether you are visiting Leeds for a lively evening out, a glam shopping trip or even an artistic weekend away, you will be spoilt for choice by the wide variety of great things to do. For more information on things to do in Leeds & the nearby areas, just telephone the local tourist information board.
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