The dominant city of West Yorkshire in the north of England, Leeds began as an agricultural and market town in the forested valley surrounding the River Aire. Over time, its production of wool and flax increased, and as the commerce of the Industrial Revolution took off, Leeds grew in tandem, absorbing smaller villages to become the sophisticated metropolitan city it is today.
Monuments to Leeds’ 19th century wealth stand proudly in the Morley Town Hall and rounded Corn Exchange building. Centuries older, the exquisite ruins of Kirkstall Abbey have inspired many artists to take out their sketchbooks, and will likely inspire you to do the same. Leeds city centre is dominated by historic church spires, such as Leeds Minster and St. George’s Church.
Learn more about the colorful history of Leeds at the Leeds City Museum or check out the airy steel and glass Royal Armouries Museum. Indulge in Yorkshire culture with an evening out at a show put on by Opera North or the Northern Ballet Theatre. Leeds’ large student population also makes for a bumping nightlife scene near Millennium Square and the large Leeds Music Festival.
Leeds is a shoppers’ dream with its multiple attractive retail areas. The Merrion Centre and Trinity Leeds provide large indoor complexes replete with dining and entertainment options, while a good old-fashioned amble on Briggate Street brings many big brands directly to you. The arcades of the Victoria Quarter showcase luxury shops in a lavish setting. At the unique Bird’s Yard, peruse homemade crafts and vintage apparel, or take a load off in the inviting and homey tea room.
Make the connection to your next destination easily with Leeds’ direct train lines to major U.K. cities, the Leeds Bradford International airport, and the Manchester Airport.
With high-quality service and amenities at reasonable prices, you’ll combine comfort and convenience when you stay at one of our Leeds hotels. Get to know distinctive Yorkshire in style and comfort, without breaking the bank.
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