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Guide to Leeds

With over 700,000 residents, Leeds is the second largest metropolitan district in the UK. Green Belt countryside and excellent parks make Leeds one of the greenest cities.

Leeds has more law and accountancy firms than anywhere outside London, many with stylish offices and award-winning architecture. Its traditional engineering, textile and clothing sectors are significant employers, and its two large Universities add to the diversity.

Leeds is a lively arts, sporting and entertainment city, with a thriving club scene. Its waterfront is now a visitor attraction, with city centre apartments converted from former grain mills. Leeds shopping highlights include Harvey Nicholls, the Victoria Quarter, Granary Wharf and the historic Kirkgate Market.

From museums, theatres, gardens, country houses, historic buildings, country walks there are lots of ideas to keep you occupied for a full weekend or a day out. Attractions include Leeds City Art Gallery, Otley Chevin Forest Park, Golden Acre Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Thackray Medical Museum and the famous Royal Armouries Museum. Sport enthusiasts can follow Leeds United at football, Leeds Rhinos at Rugby League, or watch Yorkshire cricket at Headingley.

The famous Marks and Spencer department store started with Michael Marks' Penny Bazaar in Leeds Market; Waddington’s of Monopoly fame was founded in Leeds, and the largest clothing factory in Europe spread the Burtons name far and wide.

Leeds is midway between Edinburgh and London and well connected by transport, under 2 hours from London by train, or via its international airport. The regional attractions of York, Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales are easily accessible.

Leeds Town Hall Harewood House
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