Leeds, one of the biggest cities in the UK, is currently in a tourist boom. Owing mainly to being named in as one of lonely planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2017. The primary attraction with Leeds is its unique blend of history and modernity. Leeds is cosmopolitan, a city known for its shopping and nightlife, museums, restaurants, historical monuments and Victorian architecture.
Leeds-Bradford International airport is the best way into the city and is well serviced from major European destination. If you’re coming in from another continent, then Manchester airport is nearest. You’ll then need to get a train or bus to Leeds.
Kirkstall Abbey is one of the most popular historic sites in the city. A 500-year-old monastery set on the bank of the river Aire. The Abbey is home to a museum, a park and visitor centre. Another even more impressive site is Temple Newsam, an imposing Tudor-Jacobean mansion set on grounds over 1500 acres wide. There is an expansive art collection available to view on site and the surrounding woodlands are perfect for a leisurely stroll.
If you’re interested in shopping, then the Trinity centre is the place to be. It’s Leeds’s biggest shopping centre with hundreds of shops, restaurants and things to do. For an alternative shopping experience try the Corn exchange, a stunning grade one listed Victorian building that boasts an array of independent boutiques and eateries.
Leeds large student populations means there is a buzzing nightlife scene with a huge number of bars from traditional pubs to chic concept bars. The top place for a night out is call lane in the exchange quarter that offers a range of amazing bars.