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Visiting Leeds

Millennium Square, Leeds. 

Leeds is a one of the UK's premier business tourism destinations renowned for its excellent culture, shopping, nightlife, restaurants and great sporting tradition. It also provides the perfect base from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Getting to Leeds

Leeds is located at the centre of the UK making the city easily accessible to delegates from across the nation and beyond:

  • Just two hours from London by train, with direct train links to most major UK cities.
  • Leeds Bradford International Airport provides speedy domestic links and is also the city’s international gateway to the world, with daily flights from more than 65 destinations and a wide network of inbound connections worldwide.
  • Leeds is at the heart of the UK motorway network, with excellent connections in all directions. The A1 and M1 link to the north and south, and the M62 to the east and west.


Leeds is the UK’s third largest city and has an incredibly diverse economy with the UK's largest centres for business, legal, and financial services outside London. Other business strengths include manufacturing, biotech and the creative industries.

As one of the UK's premier business tourism destinations, Leeds offers a friendly and welcoming business environment, where collaborative working comes naturally.


Outside London, Leeds is the only English city with a repertory theatre, opera house and ballet companies. Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute showcase some of the UK’s best collections of contemporary British art and the city is home to the Royal Armouries, the national collection of arms and armour.

There are more listed buildings in Leeds than in any English city outside London, with highlights including the Victoria Quarter, Leeds Corn Exchange and Harewood House.


Leeds, or the 'Knightsbridge of the North' as it is affectionately known, is perfect for shopaholics. With over four million square feet of retail space crammed into just five miles of streets, Leeds has one of the country's largest pedestrian retail areas.

Trinity Leeds is the newest and most exciting retail and leisure development in the UK. This £350 million centre opened at the heart of Leeds city centre in 2013 as the largest development of its kind with over one million square feet of retail space. It brings together the best of the UK high street, national and international brands plus new and exciting leisure and restaurant offerings.

The Victoria Quarter, a series of ornate Victorian arcades, houses countless designers and the best independent shops the city has to offer. Other city centre shopping highlights include The Light, a £100 million development on the Headrow, and the Grade 1 listed Corn Exchange.


Leeds Arena
If, after your day of shopping, visiting museums and going to the theatre, you still wish to be entertained then there is arguably no better city in the country than Leeds for nightlife. The city's countless bars and nightclubs ensure that there is something to suit every taste, every night of the week.

The Leeds Arena is a brand new 13,500 capacity arena hosting over 140 live entertainment events a year, such as pop and rock concerts, boxing, wrestling, darts, dance ice shows, comedy shows, basketball and family entertainment.

Dining Out

Leeds is one of the UK’s best cities for dining out according to the Which? Good Food Guide. World-class chefs and restaurateurs including Raymond Blanc, Jamie Oliver and local legend Anthony Flinn Junior have opened eateries in the city and there are numerous excellent, independent restaurants and big name branches alike.

With so many options across a range of cuisines including Mexican, Thai, modern European, tapas and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Sporting Heritage

Leeds is the home of a number of successful sporting teams; Leeds Rhinos, Leeds United, Leeds Carnegie as well as Yorkshire County Cricket Club and a great sporting heritage is built around world-famous stadiums like Headingley and Elland Road. There’s plenty to get involved in yourself too, from world-class golf to some of the country’s best mountain biking.


Leeds is the ideal gateway to the Yorkshire region with the Yorkshire Dales National Park on its doorstep. Here you will find outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It is a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife.

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