As one of the largest, most attractive cities in Yorkshire, Leeds is not only a great place to visit but is an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the county. Leeds itself is particularly famous for its shopping centre - which includes the first branch of Harvey Nichols to open outside London - and its stunning architectural landmarks such as Leeds Town Hall, said to be one of the finest Victorian buildings anywhere in the world.
If you're seeking a cultural experience will not be disappointed by a visit to the Leeds Art Gallery or the new Leeds Museum. The Royal Armouries Museum contains a fascinating collection of weapons, both ancient and modern, from around the world. The huge Harewood House estate has beautiful gardens, while the Tropical World centre has a fascinating collection of birds, animals and insects gathered from the four corners of the globe.
Although the city - which promotes itself with the slogan 'Live It, Love It' - has more than enough going on to keep the average visitor busy, its central location and the broad range of Leeds hotels make it the perfect base from which to explore further afield. The spa town of Harrogate and the city of York are two popular destinations and Leeds is also within easy travelling distance of Sheffield, Bradford and Halifax. Walkers may want to head straight to the Yorkshire Dales or the Peak District. In the summer you can enjoy a traditional British seaside experience by making your way to Scarborough.
Hugely popular all year round, hotels in Leeds tend to fill up fast, especially during the summer when many live music events and festivals take place. If you are planning to see Leeds United F.C. play at their home ground - Elland Road, or view the city's famous Christmas illuminations, you will need to plan well ahead.
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