Leeds is a city located in West Yorkshire and is the most populated city in the general Yorkshire and Humber region. Originally a market town with major trade and production of wool and flax, Leeds began to absorb surrounding towns and villages to become a dominant urban location by the 20th century.
Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.
- Emergency Services: 999
- Language: English
- Currency: British Pound
- Country Code: GB
- Travel Visa: None required
- Population: 792,525
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.
- If you're in the mood for some shopping, head down to the Victoria Quarter and shop your favourite high-end brands. If you're looking for something more unique, simply cross the road and you'll find Kirkgate Market, which is home to over 800 stalls.
- The Trinity Kitchen in the Trinity Shopping Centre is a large open-plan space with a plethora of street-food style eateries from all over the world. From Asian to Mexican, there's something for just about everyone here. If you're a foodie, it's worth coming back here a few times if you can to sample as much food as you can!
For the Emergency services just dial 999 from any phone, for not so serious situations please dial 101.
Hospitals in Leeds
Leeds General Infirmary: https://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/patients-visitors/our-hospitals/leeds-general-infirmary/
Saint James’s University Hospital: https://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/patients-visitors/our-hospitals/st-james-university-hospital/
The Mount: https://www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/
Leeds Tourist Information Centre: +44 (0) 113 378 6977
Leeds has bus links to Leeds-Bradford Airport and is hosts to a very well-connected train station. The city also has an excellent bus network that runs from around 5am to 11pm.
Leeds-Bradford Airport: https://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/
Leeds Station: https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/stations/LDS
How do I keep up with the news?
Leeds has several local news outlets:
As well as sections in the national news outlets:
Are there any common crimes?
Leeds has one of the highest crime rates from cities in Yorkshire. The city sees a lot of burglaries and drug abuse. However, police are working hard to tackle the city’s crime.
Are there any areas I should avoid?
Be careful when walking around estates such as Belle Isle, Holbeck and Seacroft as these are areas with a higher crime rate than other parts of the city.
The city centre at night is always a risk, especially on weekends, so if you are walking through make sure you are doing it with someone.
What are some general safety tips when visiting Leeds?
Keep valuables out of sight.
Report any crimes to the police.
Stay in a group as much as possible, especially at night.
Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.
Leeds West Indian Carnival: http://www.leedscarnival.co.uk
Leeds Festival: http://www.leedsfestival.com/
What’s the weather like in Leeds?
Similar to the rest of England, Leeds boasts a moderate climate with mild summers and chilly winters. July is the hottest month of the year and February is the coldest. Overall, unless you’re doing something outside you shouldn’t worry about what the weather will be like when planning your visit. The weather in England can sometimes be unpredictable.
Do you recommend any bars in Leeds?
The Alchemist in the city centre boasts some very unique drinks that smoke, bubble and change colour before your very eyes. There are two of these bars in Leeds, with the one in the Trinity Centre boasting some incredible views of the city.
Junkyard Golf, located in the Headrow, conjures some quirky cocktails and lets you play mini-golf across three different courses whilst you drink. What’s not to love here?
What are some great places to visit in Leeds?
Leeds Art Gallery is a lively gallery at the heart of Leeds, with stunning exhibitions from a range of styles, which change regularly.
Harewood House is one of England’s finest Treasure Houses, and was built in the 18th Century. The House is home to some of the finest art and landscape paintings of Yorkshire, a renowned Bird Garden, and over 100 acres of beautiful gardens just waiting to be explored.
Famous as the place of Lord Darnley’s birth, Temple Newsam is a stunning stately home. The house features collections of paintings, furniture and Leeds pottery among other things, and is surrounded by 1500 acres of land.