Leeds Bradford

The gateway to yorkshire
Situated in the heart of Great Britain, Leeds is an excellent base for visitors arriving and leaving and gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. A rich local history, high level sport, fantastic shopping and entertainment all year round: these are just some of the many elements that make Leeds a destination to visit. 
 
 
The city is located on the River Aire, and its history took root in the fifth century when the green mantle of the forest of Loidis (from which the city takes its name) covered the Kingdom of Elmet. Leeds was involved in the industrial revolution thanks to the production and trade of wool, and later became one of the major commercial and financial centres of the United Kingdom.
 
 
In recent times the city has undergone a radical transformation, becoming a very elegant and fashionable city. Alongside the great equestrian statue of the Black Prince in the centre of City Square, the city’s main square, a spherical monument displays the sum invested to restore the city to splendour. Today even the river has been splendidly renovated, with the terraces of former warehouses transformed into fashionable restaurants and bars. Clarence Dock, a kind of citadel on the water, along the banks of the River Aire, is an interesting place to visit.
 
 
The old wooden bridges create a fascinating contrast with the more modern walkways, and the buildings are made of red brick and shiny iron. Where once stood textile industry warehouses, now there are restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Leeds offers unbeatable attractions and events: from the Royal Armouries tournaments to the wonderful Harewood House and the unique collections in the city’s galleries and museums.
 

Since Harvey Nichols opened a store in Leeds, the first outside London, the city has been dubbed the “Knightsbridge of the North”.  Leeds is a haven for shopping enthusiasts – from the elegant Corn Exchange, to the fascinating Victoria Quarter and the lively Kirkgate Market, the city caters for all tastes. 
Leeds boasts a rich creative heritage. It hosts the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition and the Leeds International Film Festival, and is home to the West Yorkshire Playhouse. It is also the only English city outside London to have its own opera and ballet companies – the internationally acclaimed Opera North and Northern Ballet.

The city is surrounded by characteristic moorlands constantly caressed by the wind. Nature lovers can enjoy the atmosphere of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a green oasis that includes three valleys with castles and old villages.
 
 
Where to sleep in Leeds

Leeds is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.

To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.

 

 

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Hotels for stars, differentiated by type of services:
 
 
 
Edited by Federica Fusco
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Tourism Board
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where to go 
Monuments and Museums
St John’s Church
23 New Briggate
A richly decorated, but well cared-for church and a unique masterpiece of the seventeenth century with elaborate oak pews and a splendid transenna bearing the enormous coats of arms of King James I and Charles I, Prince of Wales.
Armley Mills
Canal Road, Armley
Built in 1805, Armley Mills was once a large textile mill and is now an industrial museum. Its exhibits provide a good overview of the Industrial Revolution with some large machines that recall a now extinct industry. The industrial past of Leeds is also on display.
 
Town Hall
City Art Gallery & Library
 
Royal Armouries
Armouries Drive
This museum is both an attraction for families and an important national archive. It houses arms and armour, and includes the national artillery collection at Fort Nelson. Among the most important treasures are the armour of Henry VIII and the world’s largest animal armour for an elephant.
www.royalarmouries.org
Leeds City Museum
Millennium Square, Cookridge Street
This museum was inaugurated in the autumn of 2008. Its four exhibition floors and entertaining educational halls feature exhibits entitled “Ancient worlds”, the “Living Planet” and the “History of Leeds”.
 
 
Thackray Museum
Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN
One of the largest medical museums in Europe, the Thackray Museum reconstructs the social impact of medical innovations of the past and present with interactive exhibitions.
www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk
Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House 
46 New Briggate
This recently restored Victorian style theatre is the base of the Opera North and Northern Ballet Theatre companies. It features performances of dance, theatre and music.
www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
 
Excursions
Roundhay Park - Tropical Word 
Princes' Avenue
This is one of the most popular open-air attractions in the United Kingdom thanks to its extensive collection of tropical plants. It is also home to snakes, spiders, lemurs, insects and other exotic animals such as crocodiles.
www.roundhaypark.org.uk
Harewood House 
Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG.
Located on the outskirts of Leeds, Harewood House is a vast estate with an eighteenth-century, wonderfully furnished stately home, an art collection and interesting exhibition on the life of the servants. It is surrounded by carefully designed gardens, which are perfect for taking a walk, where you can also find 80 species of rare birds including owls, flamingos, parrots and much more.
www.harewood.org
 
Middleton Railway 
Moor Road Station
This was the first commercial railway in the world and connected the city with the coal mines. Today it offers visitors the opportunity to take an exciting journey in restored carriages pulled by genuine nineteenth-century trains.
www.middletonrailway.org.uk
York
York è una città medievale ben preservata ed è facile da visitarea piedi nelle sue vie acciottolate. Da non perdere: Shambles, una strada con edifici tradizionali a graticcio risalenti al 14° secolo; la York Minster, la più grande cattedrale gotica del Nord Europa e il Centro vichingo di Jorvik. York è anche un centro per lo shopping, la cultura, l'arte e l'intrattenimento. Dalla città di Leeds, York si raggiunge in 20 minuti col treno.
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