Leeds has become a popular city over recent years. It is very cosmopolitan and it has a massive number of bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs and great shopping. It has a large student population which makes for a very lively night out.
There is live music, plenty of hotels and also plenty to see and do just outside the city. I’m forgetting, of course, that Leeds is home to the famous Elland Road and you can take a tour around the ground if your are a football fan.Leeds is situated on the River Aire and is also at one end of the longest canal in England – The Leeds/Liverpool Canal.Leeds is actually a very compact city.
The city centre is easily walkable and is mostly pedestrianised. Leeds has all the shops you will find in most big cities but it also has the fascinating and historic Victoria Quarter, the Corn Exchange and the amazing Kirkgate Market.
The Victoria Quarter has quaint little shops and they are all situated in Victorian arcades, the most famous of which is the Queens Arcade. The Leeds branch of Harvey Nichols is close to here. Leeds also has plenty of shopping malls such as The Light which also has a multi screen cinema complex.
Headingley is the home of Yorkshire Cricket and is only about 3 miles from Leeds city centre. Headingley has a large student population and a lively social scene, especially around The Original Oak area.Leeds has some very nice suburbs, especially to the north and north west of the city.
The nicest areas are probably Adel, Moortown, West Park, Cookridge and Horsforth. Horsforth for example has plenty of restaurants, pubs and bars and is only 4.5 miles from Leeds city centre.Leeds has lots of municipal parks. The largest and most well know park in Leeds is Roundhay Park.
You will also find large expanses of greenery, woodland and interesting walks at Temple Newsam and Golden Acre Park. Another interesting area which is only about 10 miles from Leeds center is Otley Chevin and the famous market towns of Otley and Ilkley.
Leeds has plenty of hotel beds to choose from. The Queens Hotel is in City Square and there are plenty of other upmarket hotels in the centre like the Radisson Blu and Malmaison to more economical hotels like the Ibis or Holiday Inn Express.
In recent years the area south of the River Aire has undergone massive redevelopment and areas such as Clarence Dock and The Calls have seen offices, apartments and shops spring up along the river. Clarence Dock is where you will find The Armouries Museum.Leeds is a good place to live. It has everything you need and a mixture of affordable housing. The bonus is that Leeds is not far from beautiful countryside and only a few minutes drive takes you to the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales.
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