England's third largest city, Leeds merges with neighbouring Bradford to create a conurbation that spreads across much of West Yorkshire. The city has a vibrant cultural scene and buzzing nightlife. Culturally diverse, Leeds is home to large Asian and African-Caribbean communities and a thriving gay scene. It's easy to explore central Leeds on foot. For longer trips, there's an efficient bus and metro network.
Although it's the third biggest British city, Leeds is compact. Many modern hotels cluster within a few blocks of the city centre. Most hotels in Leeds appeal to business travellers as well as leisure visitors, and you'll find small boutique hotels for a romantic weekend. You can find more places to stay in outlying suburbs within easy reach of the airport, as well as in nearby Bradford.
Looking for the latest designer fashions for men and women? You won't have to look far in Leeds, where big-name brands vie for your attention in gleaming malls. You can seek out original bargains in arcades and shopping centres that have been restored to their original Victorian grandeur and are full of quirky independent stores. You'll find inventive arts and crafts in artisanal markets and sophisticated galleries.
Among Leeds' cultural highlights are its outstanding galleries and museums. The city's manufacturing heritage is the focus of museums housed in former industrial buildings. Other cultural attractions include venues dedicated to film, photography, and video. Not far from the city centre, stately mansions in landscaped gardens are showcases for collections of antique furniture, paintings, textiles, and ceramics.
Gastronomy in Leeds is eclectic. Locals love the fiery flavors of India and Pakistan. Curry houses in Leeds and nearby Bradford take South Asian cuisine to new levels with dishes that fuse fresh regional produce with Asian spices. You'll also find restaurants serving modern British cooking that emphasizes fresh produce, including lamb and venison from the Yorkshire Dales and seafood from North Sea harbors.
A Leeds city break takes you straight to one of the liveliest and busiest towns in northern England, just a short drive from majestic Yorkshire countryside. Book a Leeds hotel for Victorian heritage with a sleek modern face.
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