Leeds - city


The City of Leeds

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Leeds is a prosperous, commercial, industrial and  manufacturing  city,  and
is also the cultural and sporting centre for much  of  the  region.  In  the
City Centre, modern offices have  developed  alongside  fine  old  buildings
like the Town Hall and the Corn Exchange. Impressive new shopping  precincts
complement traditional Victorian arcades, and have created a  fine  regional
shopping centre. Leeds is a 'green'  city,  proud  of  its  parks  and  open
spaces, including Woodhouse Moor, close to the University and Roundhay  Park
and the Temple Newsam estate near the City Centre.
Visitors  to  Leeds  are  impressed  by  the  range  of  different   leisure
facilities. There are lively audiences for all kinds of films, concerts  and
plays. There is a thriving local music scene covering everything  from  soul
and reggae to jazz and folk. Leeds has a rich musical tradition.  Each  year
a full programme of symphony concerts and chamber music is arranged  in  the
Town Hall. The world famous Leeds International  Pianoforte  Competition  is
held every three years.
The Grand Theatre is the  home  of  Opera  North.  It  also  stages  touring
productions of national and international ballet and theatre companies.  The
new West Yorkshire Playhouse is the home of one of  the  leading  provincial
theatre companies and has been called the 'National Theatre of  the  North'.
Costing over Ј12 million, the new Playhouse has some of the best  facilities
outside London. Leeds City Art Gallery offers a wide variety of  exhibitions
and also houses the new, internationally famous Henry Moore Centre  for  the
Study of Sculpture.
If you are an active sportsperson you will  find  many  sporting  facilities
both in the University and the City. You will  be  able  to  use  the  Leeds
international swimming  pool  which  is  only  ten  minutes  walk  from  the
University, and other heated pools which are located  in  various  parts  of
the City. There are many fine golf courses in the Leeds area and the  City's
parks include more than 160 tennis courts as  well  as  pitches  for  rugby,
cricket, soccer and hockey.
Shopaholics are in for a treat as the city boasts around 1,000  shops  in  a
unique  mix  of  stylish  pedestrianised  high   streets,   state-of-the-art
shopping centres,  Victorian  arcades,  historic  buildings  and  yards  and
Edwardian markets. Leeds city  centre  has  almost  1,000  shops,  16  major
hotels, 4 renowned theatres, 90 restaurants and cafes and over 160 bars.
For the spectator, Headingley is the home of Yorkshire County  Cricket  Club
and Leeds Rugby League Club; Leeds United play at Elland Road.

The Region

Leeds lies in the  heart  of  West  Yorkshire.  The  City  enjoys  excellent
communications with the rest of the country.  The  M1  motorway  provides  a
direct road link with the Midlands, London and the South;  the  A1  provides
access to the North East and the Eastern Counties; and  the  M62  links  the
City with Hull, Manchester, Liverpool and  the  North  West.  Manchester  is
about 1 hour's drive, Liverpool about 11/2 hours, Newcastle about  2  hours,
Birmingham about 3 hours and London and Bristol about 4 hours.
Inter-city trains operate frequent through services to  London,  Birmingham,
Bristol, Cardiff and Newcastle; other services provide  regular  connections
with the North West, the East Midlands, East  Anglia  and  the  South  West.
Extensive coach services are available and Leeds/Bradford  airport  provides
connections to an increasing number of locations in the United  Kingdom  and
Western Europe.
Within easy reach of Leeds are many areas  of  outstanding  natural  beauty.
You will be able to explore the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennines, the  North
York Moors and the Vale of York. Within half an hour  of  the  City  Centre,
you can be in some of the finest walking country in the world.
The region is also fortunate to possess many places of historical  interest.
Kirkstall Abbey and Temple Newsam  lie  within  the  City  boundaries  while
Castle Howard, Nostell Priory and Harewood House are  some  of  the  stately
homes close to the City.