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Leeds earned its place in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Europe 2017’ top ten travel destinations thanks to its transformation over the past decade, with urban regeneration accompanied by a flourishing cultural scene, a growing food and craft beer reputation and thriving entertainment and nightlife.

Situated in the heart of the UK just two hours from London and three hours from Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford International Airport is just eight miles from the city centre and Manchester International Airport is only one hour away by train. 

Leeds is the second largest metropolitan city & youngest in the UK (photo credit: Vagabrothers)
Leeds is the second largest metropolitan city & youngest in the UK (photo credit: Vagabrothers)

With a population approaching 800,000, Leeds is the second largest metropolitan city and youngest in the UK and is well known for hosting world-class sporting events, including the grandest Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014, Rugby World Cup 2015 and is host to the ITU World Triathlon Series. September 2019 will also see The Road World Championship use Leeds as a starting hub. Headingley Stadium, just ten minutes from the city centre, is one of the world’s best-known cricket grounds and plays regular host to international cricket.

Leeds has more listed buildings than any other city outside London. The architectural heritage here is one to marvel at and enjoy when strolling through the centre.  For a slice of British history the city has plenty to offer with a number of nearby historic houses, including one of the Treasure Houses of England; Harewood House, as well as Lotherton Hall and Temple Newsam. Kirkstall Abbey is one of the most complete Medieval Cistercian Abbeys in the whole of the UK and just ten minutes from the centre of the city.

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