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Leeds Welcome | A bit about Leeds

Leeds is a big city – the largest city in the north in fact and one that has a rich cultural heritage. Set in the heart of Yorkshire, the county was recently listed as one of the top three places in the world to visit in the Lonely Planet guide 2014.

If you want to venture beyond the city, Leeds makes a great base to explore Yorkshire and is within striking distance of the heritage coast, Brontë Country and three national parks – the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District and North York Moors all of which have some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK.

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Opened in 2013, The Tetley is a new centre for contemporary art and learning located in the stunning art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery in central Leeds, it presents a regularly changing programme of exhibitions and talks and has a great Bar and Kitchen perfect to unwind after a busy day shopping and sightseeing. The Leeds First Direct Arena also opened in the centre of Leeds in 2013 and plays host to the worlds leading stars as well as staging major events.

Shopping

Leeds has over 5 miles of shops with a range of indoor and outdoor shopping experiences to satisfy your every need, whether you enjoy perusing small independent retailers for the latest fashion looks or prefer luxury stores and leading retail brands or department stores, Leeds has it all. Spend to your hearts content in the arcades, Harvey Nichols and Kirkgate Market - all just a few minutes walk along with a choice of shopping centres including the historic Victoria Quarter and the major new flagship shopping centre, Trinity Leeds.

Festivals & Film

Leeds has a packed calendar of events and festivals throughout the year from film festivals to Light Night, Leeds Carnival to Leeds Food and Drink Festival, music festivals from rock, pop and folk include Leeds Festival, Live at Leeds, Otley Folk festival as well as a host of literature and art festivals and events. For total escapism, why not take a trip to Cottage Road Cinema, one of the oldest cinemas in the UK or the grade II listed Hyde Park Cinema. For a bit of modern luxury try the Everyman Cinema at Trinity Leeds or The Light on the Headrow.

Music

The First Direct Arena opened in September 2013. The 13,500 seater stadium is rapidly becoming the city's number one venue for live music, indoor sports and other major events. Special live events take place in Millennium Square and Roundhay Park as well as venues at the Leeds universities, O2 Academy and the iconic Town Hall which ‘has some of the finest acoustics in country’. The independent music scene is thriving in the city with an eclectic mix of venues supporting new and emerging talent and a wide range of musical genres.

Art & Culture

Bursting with visitor attractions, Leeds has something for all tastes. If it’s heritage you are looking for then Kirkstall Abbey, Harewood House, Lotherton Hall, Temple Newsam will delight visitors young and old. Art and history lovers can take in the sights at Leeds City Museum, The Royal Armouries, Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute - all just a few minutes walk.

Visitors are spoilt for choice for theatre and performance - Leeds is the only city outside London to boast its own opera company, Opera North and two national dance companies; Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance. Theatre goers can visit Leeds Grand Theatre, the Carriageworks or City Varieties Music Hall or the West Yorkshire Playhouse, one of the largest producing theatre outside London.

Clubs & Nightlife

Leeds has one of the largest student populations in the country, so it stands to reason that it boasts one of the UK's hottest spot for night-life. There is a vast number of pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, as well as a multitude of venues for live music from small and cosy venues to huge night clubs. Spend the evening around the Northern Quarter or Millennium Square - soak up the atmosphere in a great variety of bars, restaurants and seasonal markets, gigs and events.

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