About Leeds

About Leeds

‘God’s own county’ should tell you all you need to know about Yorkshire! The countryside is probably one of the first things you think of when you hear the word ‘Yorkshire’ but it’s certainly not all it’s famous for. Yorkshire is steeped in history and has more than 100 miles of coastline to explore amidst diverse towns and cities. Leeds, the capital city of Yorkshire, and the financial capital of the North is a must see!

Leeds has definitely got its mojo back. Yorkshire’s buzziest, brightest city is a full-on tourist destination these days, never mind a great place to live and work. Well known for its vibrant nightlife, stylish shopping and opulant dining Leeds is a central hub for businesses, students and visitors.

If you are visiting for business, the great thing about Leeds is that it has a fantastic location in the heart of the UK, and with easy access to the M1 and the M62 delegates will find it an ideal destination to commute to. We are only two hours away from London by train and there are over 60 direct flights to Leeds Bradford International Airport from all over the UK and Europe. So, whether you are looking for a meeting room for 50, a three-day conference room for 1,000 delegates, a lively city centre conference venue or somewhere set on the stunning waterfront where you can escape from it all, you can be assured of the highest standard of service.

Leeds is abundant with things to do. Our compact city centre is easy to explore, and boasts breath-taking architecture such as the Leeds Town Hall, and the Victoria Quarter. A new addition to the city’s skyline, with its huge glass-domed roof, is Trinity Leeds, a one million square foot shopping haven, boasting over 120 shops, restaurants and bars in the heart of the city. Rooms are plentiful across all standards; international brands standing side by side with boutique hotels.

A recent addition to Leeds’ cultural scene is The First Direct Arena; with a capacity of 13,500 the arena is already attracting world class artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Elton John. There’s also an ever changing programme of unmissable events and festivals all year round including Leeds Festival through to Leeds West Indian Carnival. Few cities can boast such a varied calendar of performances, activities and festivals.

Along with the thriving arts scene, the rich sporting heritage is something to behold and is focused around two famous stadiums – Headingley and Elland Road. Headingley Carnegie Stadium is a must-visit for sports fans. Home of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos rugby league team and Leeds Carnegie rugby union team, you can spend a thrilling afternoon watching your sporting heroes in action. Alternatively, watch a match at Elland Road – home to Leeds United and their many passionate fans.

With new projects in the pipeline, and the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in July 2014, Leeds has never been a more exciting place to visit.