At cultural hub, Leeds is home to many great places to visit such as the Royal Armouries, the Henry Moore Institute and the Leeds City Museum. You will find a sufficient number of short term lets to rent, from houses to apartments to bed & breakfasts. Leeds has something for everyone whether its in the arts, music, food, drink or shopping, there is an eclectic mixture in the city of historic and urban sophistication along with a prolific selection of apartments to rent.
Find and book the perfect apartment in Leeds, the cultural hub of the north
Popular belief advocates that Leeds lies as a subdued industrial city, only visited for cheap student nights and Yorkshire puddings. In actual fact, it is much more than that. Being Britain's third biggest employment centre and fastest-growing city, this northern hotspot has huge potential and a hidden depth. Fall in love with the cultural hub of the north, home to the Royal Armouries; the Henry Moore Institute the Leeds City Museum and a host of international restaurants and music venues. You will find a sufficient number of Leeds apartments to stay in as well as the many different houses to rent and short term lets for those seeking a longer stay. Visit Leeds for yourself, and you will soon realise why is it one of the UK's best kept-secrets!
Best time to visit
As ever with British weather, it is never reliable. Being in the North of England, Leeds does get cold in the winter months with days of strong winds and rain. Autumn months and spring would be the best time to visit or even in summer.
How to get there?
Leeds is easily accessible from all parts of the country. The M1 and M62 are on the doorstep of Leeds allowing for a quick exit to Manchester or Sheffield. From London, it takes the best part of fours hours, however the latest LNER Azuma train service travels from London to Leeds in just two hours. Leeds-Bradford Airport is another convenient option for travel, with airlines like Ryanair and Flybe offering cheap, direct flights from many European countries it makes it a popular choice amongst tourists to come for a weekend and book short stay apartments where they can enjoy the vibrant culture this Yorkshire city has to offer.
Getting around Leeds
Leeds wonderfully walkable, has fine Victorian architecture and is culturally rich, thanks to Opera North and Leeds Playhouse. Being a compact city, walking is an obvious way of exploring Leeds. Other options include the local bus service that is cheap and efficiently on time. To get to places near Leeds such as Ilkley, Harewood house, or if you are staying in a holiday rental in Harrogate just hop on train or a bus!
Where to stay in Leeds?
In the city centre there are plenty of apartments in the converted mills and warehouses along the River Aire – and some fine new builds, too, notably the cylindrical Candle House, which resembles an upright version of that tower in Pisa! A plentiful selection of luxury serviced apartments in Leeds can be found all around the city centre, look out for the party apartment that overlooks the Leeds Docks.
Stay in a cottage in Headingley if you want to be slightly out of the city but close enough to walk in or take a bus. Headingley is a lovely, calm and relaxed place to stay in Leeds with plenty of holiday rentals available. Wake up in a room which is close to the Cricket and Rugby ground, along with nice pubs and restaurants that make up this town.
What to do in Leeds?
The nightlife is certainly vibrant. There is an array of music from jazz to hip-hop that will get anybody's foot tapping. Head to Call Lane for an animated selection of bars and clubs. From romantic rooftop bars such as Headrow House to live gigs at Belgrave Music Hall there is an evening ready for everyone.
From the newly built Trinity Centre which houses popular high-street brands such as Topshop and H&M, to C19th shopping arcades filled with elegant and stylish boutiques and the buzzing Kirkgate Market, there is nowhere nicer to spend money and enjoy exploring a city. With the proximity of the city, it allows for a quick return to the Airbnb or accommodation before sitting for supper at the superb Tattu, a Chinese restaurant or perhaps Friends of Ham for some tapas and wine.
For a throwback in time, Harewood House or Temple Newsam are two hugely historic and prestigious country houses close to Leeds. Explore the beautifully manicured gardens and help yourself to a Yorkshire tea in the stable yard. Fresh air and long walks are always on a holiday tick list.
Yorkshire Dales National Park
Leeds city centre is less than twenty miles from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which has some of the most spectacular scenery and countryside in the UK. A selection of studio apartments in Leeds or apartments are ideal for couples to have the freedom to explore both inside and outside of the city.
The charm and atmosphere of Leeds is without doubt due to the huge student population. There are five universities, all providing quirky, fun and welcoming student accommodation in Leeds. The vast amount of resources, libraries and museums in Leeds attracts inquisitive students to visit or study. Leeds is additionally known for its various sporting teams. Leeds United FC and the Leeds Rhinos have reasonable seasons and the well-known Headingley Stadium hosts Test Cricket matches.