Flights to Leeds
Leeds is one of the UK’s largest cities and it’s situated in the county of West Yorkshire in the north west of England. Leeds started life as a market town then became an important industrial city. Today it’s retained much of its historic architecture plus it’s become a centre for shopping, nightlife, entertainment and more.
The airport for flights to Leeds is the Leeds Bradford International Airport (airport code: LBA), and it’s about 16 kilometres outside of the city. Public bus routes connect the airport to Leeds. Only KLM has a one-stop flight to Leeds, and it connects in Amsterdam. Otherwise, you can fly with Virgin Atlantic or British Airways for a 2-stop route that goes through London and Edinburgh. BMI is another option, and their flight to Leeds will take you via London and Belfast.
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The Tourist Attractions of Leeds:
Leeds is a city of many faces, and they’ve changed quite considerably through the hundreds of years since the city was first established. With such a variety of architecture, culture, attractions and more Leeds is a great place to visit for a city break, and is an excellent alternative to some of the UK’s other large cities. Not only does the city has plenty to see and do but it’s set in a beautiful location too, with many of the UK’s most scenic regions surrounding it. This means you can stay in the city but enjoy several days out in the countryside for a change of scenery whenever you fancy. Within Leeds itself some of the popular landmarks and attractions include the following:
The aptly named Millennium Square was Leeds’ main development to mark the coming of the new millennium. Not only is this a central meeting place for the city it has hosted a number of concerts and other events including big names like Meat Loaf and Kaiser Chiefs. In 2001 Nelson Mandela was here to open the adjoining Nelson Mandela Gardens. Surrounding the square are some of Leeds most prominent landmarks, including Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Civic Hall.
Leeds Civic Hall
In other cities Leeds Civic Hall could well be a cathedral as it certainly has that look with the two towers on either side of the façade! This is actually home to Leeds City Council and it was built between 1931 and 1933 for this specific purpose.
Leeds Town Hall
The original home of the council was Leeds Town Hall though this impressive building is now home to concerts, events and some civic functions still. This really is a major landmark for the city and is a very grand and imposing building that was completed in 1858. The interior is beautiful and is helped by the fact that it was recently restored. If there’s an event on while you’re in Leeds be sure to check out his building which is said to be one of the finest Victorian era buildings in the world.
Leeds City Museum
Leeds City Museum is also on Millennium Square and it’s one of the city’s popular museums. Another grand building, the museum focuses on the heritage of the city as well as worldwide history.
Nightlife and Shopping
Leeds is a major centre for nightlife and shopping so you can combine city sightseeing with shopping, entertainment and nightlife while visiting.
When Should You Visit?:
In terms of climate the best time to visit Leeds for sightseeing is during the summer months when temperatures are warm. The average high in July and August is 21C and these two months have a little less rainfall than some others in the year.