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 Leeds

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Leeds is an excellent city for both the cosmopolitan atmosphere and as a gateway to Yorkshire. There are many things to entertain you from the attractions to shopping, to the clubing and the real ale pubs. Leeds is a rejuvenated city with an abundance of style and culture. The old waterfront itself has been imaginatively transformed from derelict warehouses to fashionable bars, restaurants and shopping, only 15 minutes walk from the main shopping area.

Leeds is buzzing with music, art, dance and theater, with a host of venues including galleries, riverbanks, streets, and parks. Leaving little doubt why this city is a major European cultural center. With over 1000 shops, when you have shopped till you drop there is always one of the many enchanting cafés, bars, pubs, and restaurants to refresh yourself before you starting again, or simply spend the day relaxing or people watching. With relaxed licensing laws and dance scene legends you can carry on living it up right through the night and day.

The surrounding countryside of Leeds is beautiful with its quaint villages and towns. You will be delighted at how close you are and how quickly you can reach the wide-open space of the Yorkshire Moors and the valleys of the Yorkshire Dales. Only a leisurely drive into the country will take you to picture post card villages, open countryside and wildlife. The near by village of Haworth was home to the famous Bronte sisters, and was the inspiration behind Emily Bronte's book "Wuthering Heights". Today it is home to the award winning Bronte Parsonage Museum, which is well worth a visit if you wish to explore the world of these amazing novelists.

 
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 Arts

Henry Moore Institute
Enjoy from four gallery spaces devoted to the exhibition, study and promotion of sculpture of all periods.
Location: 74 the Headrow Leeds city center
Telephone: 0113 234 3158

Leeds City Art Gallery
A delight in the visual arts with an array of world class exhibits.
Location: The Headrow Leeds city center
Telephone: 0113 247 8248

West Yorkshire Playhouse
Location: Playhouse Square, Quarry House
Telephone: 0113 244 2111

Grand Theatre
Location: 46 New Briggate
Telephone: 0113 245 6014

Civic Theatre
Location: Cookridge Street
Telephone: 0113 247 6962

City Varieties
Location: Swan Street
Telephone: 0113 242 5045

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 Attractions

There are many activities to be enjoyed by the whole family in Leeds from parks and gardens, to stately homes and museums.

Harewood House and Bird Garden
Explore and enjoy this wonderful historical house and 14 acres of lakeside bird garden
Location: Harewood, Leeds (7 miles from Leeds on the A61)
Telephone: 0113 288 6331

Tropical World
Experience the tropics in this recreated tropical world. Wonder among the trees, reptiles and butterflies, and absorb the atmosphere.
Location: Canal Gardens, Roundhay Park
Telephone: 0113 266 1850

Royal Armouries
See the Tower of London's world famous collection of arms and amour, plus many more exhibits and displays.
Location: The waterfront
Telephone: 0113 220 1996

Thackray Medical Museum
Discover the history of medicine and public health. Find out what surgery was like without anaesthetic and walk through a recreated Victorian slum of Leeds with convincing smells, sound and sights.
Location: Beckett Street
Telephone: 0113 244 4343

Temple Newsam
Enjoy this Tudor-Jacobean mansion, which stands in 1000 acres of parkland. The gardens form one of Europe's largest parks.
Location: Temple Newsam Road (4 miles from the City center)
Telephone: 0113 264 7321

Thwaite Mills
There has been a mill on this site since 1641, the one that stands today replaced this and was built in 1823. The mill continued to operate until 1976, and today is open for demonstrations.
Location: Thwaite Lane, Stourton (2 miles south of Leeds city center off the A61)
Telephone: 0113 249 6453

Middleton Railway
Here you can see the oldest working railway, which was opened in 1758 and was originally used to carry coal from local pits to Leeds.
Location: The Station, Moor Road, Hunslet. Signposted from A653 Dewsbury Road and A61 Hunslet Road and exit 5 of M621.
Telephone: 0113 271 0320

Kirkstall Abbey
Founded in 1152 by Cisterian monks from Fountains Abbey and today is one of Britain's best preserved Abbeys.
Location: Abbey Road, Kirkstall, (3 miles west of Leeds City center on the A65.
Telephone: 0113 263 7861

Armley Mills
Learn about the City's industrial past from exhibits of 18th and 19th century history of textiles, clothing, manufacturing and much more.
Location: Canal Road, Armley (2 miles west of the city center, off the A65)

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 Clubs

Leeds is without a doubt one of Britain's "Clubbing Capital". To cheek out opening times, programs and admission costs contact the venues. Listed below is a sample selection of what is on offer.

The Elbow Room
Location: 64 Call Lane
Telephone: 0113 245 7011

Liquid
Location: 2 Central Street
Telephone: 0113 246 9595

The Underground
Location: 55 Cookridge Street
Telephone: 0113 244 3403

The Town & Country Club
Telephone: 0113 280 0100

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 Leisure

Hyde Park Picture House
Location: Brudnell Road
Telephone: 0113 275 2045Odeon Cinema
Location: The Headrow
Telephone: 0113 243 6230The Cottage Road Cinema
Location: Headingly
Telephone: 0113 275 1606The Warner Village Cinema
Location: Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Road
Telephone: 0113 279 9868Showcase Cinema
Location: Gelderd Road, Birstall, Batley
Telephone: 01924 420 071Lounge Picture House
Location: North Lane, Headingley
Telephone: 0113 275 1061ABC Cinema
Location: Vicar Lane
Telephone: 0113 245 2665

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 Pubs

When it comes to pubs Leeds has it all, from traditional Ale houses to trendy music pubs to stylish bars. Tucked away in one of the many yards off Briggate you will fined old style traditional pubs with friendly service and plenty of character. During the day you will fined the city center pubs alive with office workers catching a pint, shoppers taking a break, young and old alike. Many of the pubs serve quality food and bar meals, but check first to avoid disappointment.

Whip Inn
A traditional pub with lots of character.
Location: Bowers Yard, Duncan Street
Telephone: 0113 245 7571

The Ship Inn
Cosy atmosphere.
Location: Ship Inn Yard, Briggate
Telephone: 0113 246 8031

The Wrens
A choice of guest ales served from three traditional bars.
Location: 61 New Briggate
Telephone: 0113 245 8888

The Viaduct
Frequented by real ale buffs, this pub serves quality food with an extensive menu.
Location: 11 Lower Briggate
Telephone: 0113 245 4863

Adelphi
A listed Edwardian Building
Location: 3-5 Hunslet Road
Telephone: 0113 245 6377

Eldon
Situated in the student quarter of the city opposite the university
Location: 190 Woodhouse Lane
Telephone: 0113 245 3387

Courtyard
A popular 'trendy' bar with a fine outside drinking area, with late license to 2am on Friday and Saturday.
Location: 25-37 Cookridge Street
Telephone: 0113 242 7588

Conservatory
A very cool cellar bar
Location: Albion Street
Telephone: 0113 205 1911

The Fenton
Unpretentious pub with mixed clientele, including students and lecturers.
Location: 161 Woodhouse Lane
Telephone: 0113 245 3908

The Guilford
An exciting decor with blue lights and stained glass windows.
Location: The Headrow
Telephone: 0113 242 3468

The George
A Traditional pub spanning two floors.
Location: Great George Street
Telephone: 0113 245 3232

The Bridge
A Quality local pub, with a good sized beer garden
Location: 1-5 Bridge end, Horsforth
Telephone: 0113 244 4734

Scarbrough
An extensive beer range.
Location: 3 Bishopgate
Telephone: 0113 243 4590

The Palace
A no-frill venue close to the market, perfect for a quick drink while shopping.
Location: Kirkgate

Telephone: 0113 245 2212

Wharf Street
A trendy and contemporary pub with guest ales and an extensive range of wines, fruit teas and coffees.
Location: 38 Wellington Street
Telephone: 0113 245 3660

Slug & Lettuce
Bright and airy modern pub with a lively atmosphere.
Location: 159 The Headrow
Telephone: 0113 244 2320

Sparrows Wharf
This waterfront bar is set in a 160-year-old warehouse, giving unique views of the River Aire.
Location: The Calls
Telephone: 0113 244 2320

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 Restaurants

Leeds is full of excellent places to eat with tastes to sample from all over the world. Below is a small selection of what is availab

Chinese

Beijing Nouveau
Location: 20 New Briggate
Telephone: 0113 243 5019

Dynasty
Location: 4 St Anns Parade, Otley Road
Telephone: 0113 278 2130

Lucky Dragon
Location: Templar Lane
Telephone: 0113 245 0520

The Regent
Location: 592-596 Harrogate Road
Telephone: 0113 269 2736


French

Petit Provence
Location: 4 The Headrow
Telephone: 0113 243 4711

Rascasse
Location: Canal Wharf, Water Lane
Telephone: 0113 244 6611

Café Fleur
Location: 62a Street lane
Telephone: 0113 288 8063


Greek

Artemis
Location: 10b Market Street Arcade
Telephone: 0113 243 3737

Olive Tree
Location: Oaklands, Rodley Lane
Telephone: 0113 256 9283


Indian

Khyber
Location: 65 Haddon Road
Telephone: 0113 278 9656

Raja's Tandor
Location: 186 Roundhay Road
Telephone: 0113 248 0411

Zam Zam
Location: 40 New Briggate
Telephone: 0113 246 880

Taj Mahal
Location: 53 Queens Road
Telephone: 0113 275 1739


Italian

Bacio Pizzeria
Location: 15 Eastgate
Telephone: 0113 245 6566

Bellini's
Location: 473 Otley Road
Telephone: 0113 230 0600

The Italian Job
Location: 9 Bridge End
Telephone: 0113 242 0185

Mama Mia
Location: 186-190 Harrogate Road
Telephone: 0113 268 1128

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 Transport


Air

Leeds Bradford Airport is not far from the city and there is regular public transport connecting the city with the airport.
Telephone: 0113 250 969


Car

Leeds is easily accessed by car from the M1, and A1, which in turn are easily accessed by many roots. Ones in the center there are many car parks to choice from in different part of the city, all of which are sign posted and pay and display.


Coach

Leeds bus station is in the center of the city of George Street. Here there are regular services to and from all over the City. National Express Coach services run all over the U.K. offering a good service from a wide range of pick up points and destinations.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80


Rail

Leeds train station is situated close to the center and there are services to each from all over the U.K.
Telephone: 0345 48 49 50

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