The lively city of Leeds in Yorkshire is a vibrant, cultural and buzzing destination that's perfect for a city break full of interest and diversion.
Leeds is a modern city with a rich history. The name dates back over 1,500 years, but the city which stands today is one of the most diverse in the country; with a heady mix of cultures, a thriving economy and an energetic atmosphere, Leeds has a lot going on. Situated in the heart of Yorkshire, it's an important transport hub -- a legacy of its industrial past -- and is easy to get to and easy to navigate. Being host to four universities guarantees a youthful, energetic and creative vibe which is reflected in the city's great music scene and the wide variety of cultural attractions. But this is also a city that's true to its roots. A city that loves getting dressed up, going out and having a good time.
Leeds is a home of spectacle. It's a magnet for culture vultures: the city is home to some spectacular art galleries, including the world renowned Henry Moore Institute. It's also one of the only UK cities outside London that has both its own ballet company and opera house. But there are also many sights of a more sporting nature. Leeds is an international sporting venue with Test cricket played at Headingley, and the city's sporting heritage includes both codes of rugby and a fiercely supported football team. Whatever your interests, you're bound to find something to see.
The city is an outstanding spot for two of the nation's favourite leisure activities: eating and shopping. The local food scene is mind-bogglingly diverse, with an array of restaurants ranging from Michelin starred fine dining to Indian street food. Try the Trinity Kitchen, home to a monthly changing rota of street food vendors. The city's also home to some of the best shopping in the UK, with a walkable city centre and amazing markets -- everything from high-end couture to independent record shops.
There are two five star hotels in the city centre: the Dakota Deluxe and the Marriot. Both are luxuriously appointed, with all the amenities you'd expect of a 5 star hotel such as free wifi, concierge service and excellent restaurants. Five miles from the centre, the luxury Oulton Hall offers tranquillity, a spa and its own golf course.