Leeds is UK’s second most important legal and financial centre after London. The city that was once a major mill town grew to absorb neighboring villages to become an urban centre. Leeds is also one of the most often visited places in the UK. The pleasant city on the River Aire offers a number of museums and art galleries to the visitors. The annual ‘Leeds Festival,’ which brings the biggest names in rock and indie music on one platform, is known the world over. The city also attracts tourists during the Leeds Carnival which is a three-day festival and brings to fore the jolly nature of the residents of this city.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Leeds
Where to shop
Trinity Leeds is located at the heart of the city between Briggate and Albion Street. Open 7 days a week, this is home to 120 shops, bars and restaurants. Shop tax free here and then maybe head to Briggate a pedestrianized high street known for big brands like Zara, Debenhams and House of Fraser. For luxury buys you can go to Victoria Leeds which is home to the huge John Lewis department Store outside London as well as more than 75 designer brands. You must also visit the Kirkgate Market and sift through the stalls. This is the largest covered market in Europe with over 400 stalls inside and further 200 outside. This is the birthplace of the British brand Marks and Spencer. Thorntons Arcade is the place to go to if you are looking for gifts and tasty treats.
What to eat
Down one of the ginnels that run off Briggate, is the pub called Whitelock. Go there to sample roast beef and jam roly-poly among their homemade specials. Try the salted caramel chocolate brownies at the Madeline Express. Café culture has also come to happen in Leeds in a big way despite the weather there. French fare at Kendell’s bistro makes for a unique visit while the Michelin Star restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain is worth the long wait that you might have to go through for a place to sit. Bundobust serves Indian street food with elan and you can also expect to find some North African and Mediterranean dishes at restaurants at the Kirkgate Market.
A Few Leeds Words
Here is a list of some of the common words and phrases from Leeds that you might especially hear from the university crowd while you roam about in the streets there
A casual greeting like hello/ hi
Pop in or go inside like in a shop/ store
A term of endearment
Dos and Don’ts
• Parking in Leeds is expensive so do keep that in mind if you are thinking of hiring a car.
• Do try to avoid going there in the winter months as it gets very cold.
• Do try the tea rooms which can be found almost everywhere.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency services: 999
• Fire: 1132904830
• Police: 101
• Ambulance: 8447704800
• 24 hour Pharmacy: 1132762954
Q. Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Leeds?>
The airline offering cheap air tickets to Leeds is WestJet Airlines
Q. What is the time zone used in?
The time zone of England is Greenwich Mean Time.
Q. What are the most popular airlines flying from Toronto to Leeds?
From Toronto to Leeds, the most popular airlines are Aer Lingus
and WestJet Airlines.
Q. What is the shortest time for a Toronto to Leeds flight?
The shortest time for a Toronto to Leeds flight is 9 hours 20 minutes.
Q. What are the top tourist destinations of Leeds?
The top tourist destinations of Leeds are
Temple Newsam, Golden Acre Park, Leeds Industrial Museum, Harewood House, Lotherton Hall, Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Kirkstall Abbey and Leeds Art Gallery.
Q. What is the currency of England?
The currency of England is Pound sterling.
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