Leeds visitor information
An Introduction to Leeds
Whilst Leeds is famed for its excellent shopping, vibrant nightlife, thriving universities and sports it is also an extremely attractive city with wonderful Georgian, Victorian, 20th and 21st century architecture. It has plenty of museums, restaurants and theatres to visit and not forgetting the easy access to the Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors.
Attractions in Leeds
Many of the shopping areas that have become Leeds' attraction have been incorporated into existing architecture, such as in the exchange and markets areas to the east of the station. And to the north of the station there are some wonderfully restored buildings, many looking onto the Millennium Square, where there is normally some kind of event going on that's worth visiting. Many stately homes are within half an hour of Leeds including Temple Newton House and Harewood House. The Royal armouries are a mile from the city centre.
Travelling to Leeds
Leeds is close to the M621, A61, A643, A64 and the A58 runs around part of the city. It takes between three and four hours to travel from London.
Leeds station has trains coming in from much of England, including London. This is the only train station except for the station at Leeds Bradford airport which has a train running from the airport to Leeds station. From London Waterloo it takes three and a half hours by train.
Leeds has its own airport, Leeds Bradford International Airport which is a 9 minute car journey to the city, which can also be taken via train or coach.
By Coach and Bus
National Express has coaches travelling to Leeds. The Leeds City Bus service, Metro, links up key locations around the city centre but there are also other bus operators, for example First, which connect up both the main parts of Leeds and the more residential areas.