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1. History of Leeds
The name Leeds is thought to have come from the name Loidis, which was the name of the district. This name developed over the years to become Leodis, then Ledes, then eventually Leeds. An existing settlement on the site was developed into a new town in 1207 by a landowner and it ran between the parish church of St Peter to the river. The main road of this settlement was called ...Read more
2. Now in Leeds
Leeds claims the title as the UK’s third largest city. It has two universities and two top business schools. The financial and legal sectors are both big areas of strength in Leeds. It is a busy city with a thriving business community and a strong service industry with plenty of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and theatres to choose from. Football and rugby are big in Leeds, wi...Read more
3. Events in Leeds
Party in the Park is a free outdoor music festival held every year at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds in July. The event attracts 70,000 revellers and big names in the music industry. The Leeds Festival is a huge three-day rock and pop music festival held in the city in August every year. It is linked to the Reading Festival. The Breeze International Youth Festival is an event that...Read more
4. Attractions in Leeds
Leeds is home to the world’s oldest working railway. Built in 1758, Middleton Railway is still in action today and popular for tourists. Visitors can take a ride on a steam or diesel train, view the collection of locomotives, learn about the building of the trains and enjoy the nature trails and picnic facilities. Harewood House, on the outskirts of the city, was named Englan...Read more
5. Things To Do in Leeds
Leeds has plenty of museums to choose from. Among those on offer is The Leeds City Museum, which has four floors of interactive galleries – exploring everything from tigers to Egyptian mummies. The Royal Armouries Museum hosts a collection of arms and armour and gives visitors a chance to see re-enactments in live costumed displays. Among the many open spaces on offer in Leed...Read more
6. Business in Leeds
There is a very healthy business community in Leeds, with its strengths falling in the legal and financial areas. Plenty of business centres around the city offer small or new ventures a helping hand. The shopping in Leeds is varied, from the Corn Exchange and High Street areas to the new Clarence Dock shopping facilities, which has stores and restaurants on a waterfront settin...Read more
7. Transport in Leeds
Leeds has its own international airport – Leeds Bradford International Airport. Leeds City Train station has good links all over the UK. By road the A1 and M1 link to the north and south, and the M62 to the east and west.
8. Entertainment in Leeds
Leeds has great venues for comedy, theatre, music and film. Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House is home to opera company Opera North and the City Varieties Music Hall in Swan Street is one of the oldest running music halls in Britain. As well as modern cinemas, Leeds has arthouse cinema Hyde Park Picture House – one of the oldest picture houses in the UK. The list of concert ...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Leeds
Historical Harewood House in the Harewood district of Leeds has plenty of stories to tell. The stunning 18th century building and gardens attract many tourists. The Temple Newsam Tudor-Jacobean mansion is one of England’s most significant historic houses. As well as the building itself, the site offers important collections of paintings, furniture and ceramics and 900 acres o...Read more
10. Interesting Facts about Leeds
People who come from Leeds are known as Loiners.
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