Leeds & Yorkshire
Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond
Thanks to its excellent transport links, Leeds is a great base from which to explore Yorkshire, the UK and Europe.
Leeds has come along way since gaining city status by Royal Charter in 1893:
- As well as being the capital city of Yorkshire and Humberside, Leeds is also the financial capital of the North.
- With a population of 750,000, Leeds is the UK’s second largest metropolitan district, and it is also one of Europe’s greenest cities.
- Voted best UK University Destination by the Independent newspaper, Leeds is home to 200,000 students.
- Should you fall in love with the city during your time at Leeds Metropolitan, there is a good chance of finding a job after you graduate. 422,000 of the total West Yorkshire workforce of 936,000 work in Leeds.
The local reference of ‘God’s own county’ should tell you all you need to know about Yorkshire! The locals are rightly proud of their home county:
- One of the greenest counties in the country, Yorkshire is home to two national parks; the North York Moors, and the Yorkshire Dales.
- The resplendent scenery, towns and people of Yorkshire have provided inspiration to countless authors and poets. The county can boast of a literary heritage that includes the Bronte sisters, Bram Stoker, and Ted Hughes.
- Famous for dishes such as Yorkshire pudding, Yorkshire is also home to six Michelin starred restaurants, more than any other region outside London.
- Just half an hour away from Leeds by rail or road is York, voted European Tourism City of the Year 2009. Attractions worth visiting include, the National Railway Museum, the Shambles, voted as Britain’s most picturesque street in the 2010 Google Street Awards, and also the world-famous Minster.
- Yorkshire is home to Europe’s largest shopping and leisure complex - Meadowhall in Sheffield.