Tourism In Leeds

Leeds Civic Hall

Leeds Civic Hall

Over recent years the English city of Leeds has become a vibrant and exciting place to visit. Leeds has always been a large industrial conurbation and as the capital of the Yorkshire and Humber region, it is now one of the UK’s fastest growing cities.

Quality of life, a rich and diverse cultural make-up, a great music scene and continued investment into city centre living has led to some great accolades for the city, some of these are: The UK’s Favourite City (Condé Nast Traveller magazine Reader’s Awards), Visitor City of the Year (The Good Britain Guide), Britain’s Best City for Business (OMIS Research), Best Place in Britain to Live (Urban Behaviours survey, Henley Management College), Best UK University Destination (The Independent), and Number One City for Clubbing (Mixmag Music Dance Awards).

Work, Rest and Play in Leeds

The city has some great nightlife, with fine restaurants, bars, shopping and is cited by several sources as one of the the UK’s favourite Cities.

Leeds is big on tourism with the industry being supported by over 20,000 full time jobs . It’s no surprise then, that Leeds attracts around 1.4m people per year who stay overnight, add to that a additional 18.4m who visit the city on day trips and you get the picture of an extremely popular tourist attraction.

Leeds Victoria Centre

Leeds Victoria Centre

Tourism in the city generates  nearly £735m into the local economy per annum through visitors. Both leisure and business, Leeds evidently has a great deal to offer in the 21st century. Some of the big attractions include: Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, the Royal Armouries, West Yorkshire Playhouse and award winning Harewood House, which is one of the best large visitor attractions in the UK.

In 2004 Leeds hotels were named as top choice for places to stay in the UK by the Good Hotel Guide. With this in mind, the number of hotel bedrooms in Leeds central has risen dramatically since the early 1990s, there are now well over 4,500 located in the city centre. There is plenty to choose from with several 5 star hotels in Leeds and luxury serviced apartments also.

Vibrant City

Retail plays a very important role in attracting visitors to the city centre, with a retail work force of over 15,000 people and a further 4,000 in related services. Leeds has a diverse mix of retail catering for those wishing to shop in major department stores and shopping centres, to a variety of high street chains, independent shops and high end prestige shopping attractions, thus catering for a wide range of ages and tastes.

There are over 1,000 shops in central Leeds and the region is tagged as ‘The Knightsbridge of the North’ by the Lonely Planet Guide to Britain, major brands such as Marks & Spencer and Burtons originate in the city. Fine quality retailers who reside in Leeds include Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood and Gieves & Hawkes. Popular shopping areas are the Victoria Quarter,  Headrow Centre, Briggate, Leeds Shopping Plaza and The Light which all help make Leeds a number one choice for some retail therapy.

Harvey Nichols Leeds

Harvey Nichols Leeds

Students love Leeds, it’s official! The Independent newspaper voted the city as the ‘Best University Destination in the UK’ and this is based on the two two internationally acclaimed universities, the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University. Leeds has a student population of over 200,000 which is quite impressive. There are several well respected colleges also such as Leeds College of Art and Design, Leeds College of Music and Notre Dame Sixth Form College.

Finance is a major player in employment and the city is the financial capital of the North, with one of the fastest growing economies in the UK and is often cited as one of the best cities for business in the UK.

Music and nightlife also play an important role in making the city a destination for people to seek entertainment. Leeds was voted the ‘UK’s Number One City for Clubbing’ and this is no surprise as there are over 300 bars, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs in the city centre alone, Leeds has a reputation as a buzzing city at night.

Live music is popular with the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Opera North and Northern Ballet.

So if you’ve never visited this great northern city, maybe now is the time to visit and stay a while to experience all there is to offer. If you’re looking for an alternative to hotels, you may wish to consider a serviced apartment hotel such as Residence 6. Residence 6 offers serviced apartments in Leeds city centre and will be a great alternative to sometimes costly hotels.

Article by Simon Lucas.

Source: Leeds City Council

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