Leeds Travel Guide
Lying at the very heart of the country, situated midway between London and Edinburgh, Leeds boasts to being the second largest metropolitan district in the UK. Extending 15 miles from east to west, and 13 miles from north to south, two thirds of Leeds’ 562 square kilometres is Green Belt, comprising some of the most beautiful scenery in Yorkshire – a surprising fact for a city known for its industrial and manufacturing-based economy. In fact, urban renewal since the Second World War has earned Leeds the title of "Environment City of the UK". With around 700,000 residents of over 75 different nationalities, Leeds has become one of the prime cultural and cosmopolitan capitals of England where entertainment, business, sports and the arts continue to thrive. New and refurbished theatres, shopping malls, hotels, galleries and cafe bars rub shoulders with stylish offices and award-winning architecture. The West Yorkshire Playhouse boasts some of the best theatre facilities outside of London whilst golf, tennis, cricket and rugby players are also generously accommodated by the excellent sports facilities. Leeds has even transformed its once neglected Waterfront into a chic dining quarter and booming visitor attraction with a range of international eateries including several award-winning restaurants. It has even fashioned stylish city apartments from former grain mills creating a modern style and traditional beauty that continue to delight and astonish many visitors seeing Leeds for the first time. Leeds’ International Events calendar is constantly full and the city attracts a massive range of sport and musical entertainment, not to mention high profile international business conferences. The city has also opened one of Europe’s most hi-tech information centres, Gateway Yorkshire, next to the city’s main railway station. It is the ideal place to find out more about the flourishing city of Leeds and Yorkshire area.
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