Leeds

The third-largest city in the UK, Leed’s compact city centre is still ablaze with the best nightlife, shopping and dining options to be enjoyed in the nation. Regardless of whether you are coming to explore the heritage on offer such as at the Abbey House Museum; to spend your hard-earned money in some of the best stores outside of London or to wonder around world-class museums and galleries like the Royal Armouries museum which is home to Britain’s national collection of arms & armour, Leeds Art Gallery or the interactive family-friendly Leeds City Museum, there is something for everyone in Leeds. A particular family favourite is Tropical World at Roundhay Park which enables you to traverse through the exotic and mysterious environments that inhibit the natural world including jungles and deserts. Of course, what would be nature without a close encounter with some of nature’s best friends including meerkats and butterflies as well as a whole host of other furry pals. However, if it is a bit of glamour and the privileged life you are after, look no further than the stunning grounds of Temple Newsam and Harewood House which include elegant state rooms, exquisite collections and some engaging play parks to keep the little ones satisfied.

The best entertainment is also free with many attractions requiring no entrance fees. Similarly, admiring the glorious architecture on display, as reflected in the beautiful structures of  Leeds City Hall and Victoria Quarter, will not cost you anything either. However, what might cost you is the tempting array of stores on offer covering all the major shopping groups: designer, beloved brands, markets and local. Wherever you go and whatever kind of shopper you are, ‘bargain hunter’ or ‘shop till you drop’, there is an offering for everyone, normally housed in some of the most stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture to add a historical edge to a modern day shopping trip. Some of the prime retail outlets include the arcades of the Victoria Quarter where luxuries like Vivienne Westwood can be unearthed; the Grand Arcade which is a dedicated home to independent retailers for a truly unique experience and the shopping paradise that is Trinity Leeds which is an international collection of 120 plus restaurants, boutiques and stores. Purses will certainly not in neglect in Leeds!

With many famous performers gracing the stages of The Grand Theatre and Opera House and the Howard Assembly Room, as well as a never-ending list of events including the major Leeds International Film Festival, it is no surprise that Leeds is such a hotspot for leisure and business tourists alike. In particular, the First Direct Arena has witnessed the breathtaking talent of the likes of icons such as Bruce Springsteen as well as major sporting events such as Sports Personality of the Year, reflecting its position as the top entertainment venue in Leeds which is capable of attracting the widest array of talent covering music, comedy and entertainment shows. However, alternative entertainment can be found in some of the most vivacious nightlife spots that Leeds boasts, be it at the buzzing Call Lane which is ablaze with people wanting to let go and enjoy the night or at local live music haunts including the The Wardrobe & The Cockpit.

As one of Britain’s largest cities, as well as the unofficial capital of Yorkshire, it is clear that a visit to Leeds cannot go amiss.