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Where to live in Leeds?

The eclectic city of Leeds boasts the third largest city population in the UK and attracts graduates, professionals and families alike. A variety of property types and locations from the city centre through busy suburbs and out to quaint villages means it has something for everyone. On top of this, it is home to great shopping, excellent schools and plenty to see and do.


There’s fun for all the family when you explore the beauty of Leeds. Places like Leeds Art Gallery, Mandela Gardens, the Tetley, the Opera House and Ballet Company as well as celebrations like the Love Arts Festival add a splash of culture the city. Roundhay Park, Lotherton Hall, Stockeld Park, Harewood House and Temple Newsam offer great days out where you can enjoy the outdoors. Alternatively, step out of the city with a trip to historic towns and villages like Haworth and Keighley or head a little further afield to Scarborough and Whitby on the Yorkshire coast.


A diverse eating culture gives you the choice of quirky eateries, fine dining and street food throughout Leeds. From the Michelin Restaurant of The Man Behind The Curtain to the traditionally British Crafthouse, Bundobusts Indian cuisine to chain restaurants like Fazenda, you are never far from a delicious meal. As the night livens up you can choose from live music, theatre, comedy, music events, real ale bars and a lively array of bars and clubs like the Sky Lounge and Be At One to keep you entertained all night long.


With more than 1,000 shops throughout the city, you get a diverse range of stores perfect for a shopping spree. Indulge in brands with a trip to the Victorian Quarter, complete with Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood and Harvey Nichols, support independents at the beautiful Corn Exchange or Grand Arcade, visit market stalls at Kirkgate Market and shop the high street on Briggate or in the iconic Trinity Leeds right at the heart of the city.


There are a number of great schools throughout the city. With more than 250 primary, secondary and 16-18 learning institutions across Leeds, your children are sure to get a great education. You can find a list of schools at the Leeds city council website.


Leeds railway station is one of the busiest in the UK and serves more than 100,000 passengers every day with connections to cities across the country. Close to the A1(M), M1 and M62, you are never far from a motorway to take you out of the city whether you are heading to Manchester, the Yorkshire Moors or further afield and Leeds Bradford International Airport offers easy access for holiday getaways.


Leeds derives its name from Loidis and began to grow as a settlement in the 11th century. Unlike its neighbour York, the city doesn’t have the same medieval history and grew slowly through these periods before rapid expansion during the industrial revolution. Today, it is a thriving economy and a northern powerhouse with two universities and job opportunities in a variety of areas.


Marks & Spencer was born at Kirkgate Market after Michael Marks opened the Penny Bazaar in 1884.

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