Leeds is a vibrant city in the north of England. Sitting on the banks of the river Aire, it became a woollen boom town during the industrial revolution. Consequently it has some splendid Victorian architecture, such as the Town Hall and Corn Exchange. In contrast there are also dramatic modern buildings and plenty of cool shops, bars and pavement cafes to enjoy. The city is served by many international airlines and can also be reached by train and flights from Southampton, Belfast, London and elsewhere in the UK. You can easily search for a cheap flight using our online flight comparison tool. Leeds has many cultural attractions. The city is home to Opera North, Northern Ballet and the famous City Varieties music hall. Culture vultures will also want to visit the City Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute. Throughout the year there are special events such as the International Film Festival in November and the Leeds Music Festival which takes place at the end of August. In July 2014 the Tour de France started in the city, making it the first time Le Tour had visited the north of England. The Grand Départ provided an excellent excuse for another festival.
Leeds has a pedestrian friendly centre and so is best enjoyed on foot. The beautiful Victoria Quarter, with its stain glass canopy, is a favourite haunt for shoppers seeking designer clothes. Nearby Kirkgate Market, located in an impressive Edwardian grade 1 listed building, is an ideal place to buy seasonal food. In the summer it is worth exploring some of the city's glorious parks, such as Roundhay or Golden Acre. There is an extensive network of buses and a variety of day and weekly travel tickets which can save you money. The Visitor Centre at the bus or train station will provide information and timetables. Leeds is a convenient base from which to explore the wider region of Yorkshire. If the sun is shining then head to Scarborough on the coast or if it rains nearby Wakefield is home to the Hepworth gallery which is well worth a visit. The dramatic Yorkshire Dales are easily accessible by bus or train and provide extensive possibilities for walks and day trips.