Leeds is a City status in the United Kingdom and metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. In 2001 Leeds' main urban subdivision had a population of 443,247. Leeds is the UK's largest centre for business, legal, and financial services outside London.
Historic counties of England a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Leeds can trace its recorded history of Leeds to fifth century when the Kingdom of Elmet was covered by the forest of "Loidis", the origin of the name ''Leeds''. The name has been applied to many administrative entities over the centuries. It changed from being the appellation of a small manorial borough, in the 13th century, through several incarnations, to being the name attached to the present metropolitan borough. In the 17th and 18th centuries Leeds became a major centre for the production and trading of wool. Then, during the Industrial Revolution, Leeds developed into a major mill town; wool was still the dominant industry but flax, engineering, iron foundries, printing and other industries were important. From being a compact market town in the valley of the River Aire in the 16th century Leeds expanded and absorbed the surrounding villages to become a populous urban centre by the mid-20th century.
Public transport, rail and road communications networks in the region are focused on Leeds and there are a number of twinning arrangements with towns and cities in other countries. Its assigned role in the Leeds City Region partnership recognises the city's importance to regional economic development.

Why visit?

  • Leeds is a great destination for shopping, with a wide variety of stores, from high-end designer boutiques to independent shops. The city centre is home to the Victoria Quarter, a shopping centre with a range of luxury stores, as well as the Trinity Leeds shopping centre, which has over 120 stores.
  • Leeds is known for its lively nightlife, with a range of bars, clubs and pubs to choose from. The city centre is home to a number of popular venues, such as the Belgrave Music Hall and the O2 Academy.
  • Leeds is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with a number of parks and green spaces to explore. Roundhay Park is one of the largest parks in Europe, and is home to a lake, gardens and a range of wildlife.