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You're Going to Love Leeds

Leeds is the cultural, economic, sporting, shopping, and artistic center of northern England. Powered by its huge student population, ambitious regeneration plans in old industrial districts, and a heritage of gorgeous shopping arcades and pedestrianized streets, Leeds attracts more and more visitors every year.

Part of the appeal is the atmosphere. Leeds is a fun city, a place where bars and clubs are open every night until late. It's a city that blends a love of fine art and ballet with all-night clubbing and massive live music events, like Leeds Festival.

Leeds has some stunning buildings, and it uses them well. From the gardens at Temple Newsam to the breweries and restaurants along the waterfront and stunning shopping arcades like Thorntons, Leeds shows off its past in style.

All of this makes it one of Europe's most exciting and dynamic tourist destinations, so don't miss out.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Leeds

What to do in Leeds

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When to Visit Leeds

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Leeds is at its best in the summer, when the weather is warm and events like Test Cricket and the Leeds Festival take place. The Yorkshire Dales will be at their most inviting, as will gardens and country houses in the area.

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How to Get to Leeds

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Where to Stay in Leeds

Leeds has some luxurious historic hotels in the center of town that are a joy to stay in. Some of the best examples include the stately Quebecs Hotel, the Art Deco Queens Hotel, and the Met Hotel. Modern properties include the DoubleTree by Hilton and Roomzzz Aparthotel (which specializes in self-catering apartments), while Headingley Lodge is handy for rugby and cricket matches, and the Woodlands Hotel is a beautiful out-of-town option.

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Shopping Streets

Leeds is a fantastic city for shoppers. For one thing, there are gorgeous shopping arcades like Thorntons and Kirkgate Market to visit, which provide a jaw-dropping setting for bargain hunting. Then there are the stores themselves. Thorntons features shoe stores like Dune, chains like Ann Summers, and specialist stores like Skate Store. Then there's the stunning Victoria Quarter, which hosts luxury stores like Harvey Nichols and Louis Vuitton.

Groceries and Other

Leeds has a wide range of supermarkets in the center of town, including major chains like Sainsbury's, Morrisons, and Waitrose (and Marks and Spencer, which was founded in the city). So buying groceries shouldn't be a problem. Prices tend to be fairly affordable. Expect to pay around £3.30 for a gallon of milk and £2 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Leeds

Leeds is blessed with some of northern England's finest restaurants. If you want to splurge, check out Michelin-recommended eateries like Crafthouse or the Ox Club, which specializes in wood-fired grilled meats. There are excellent Indian restaurants like Akbars and Tharavadu, authentic fish and chip shops like the Fisherman's Wife, and high-quality fast-food joints as well, such as the Flying Pizza in Roundhay. Expect to pay £5-8 for fish and chips, £10-15 for a good pub lunch, and £20 plus at the city's best restaurants.