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Being home to over 75 nationalities, Leeds has embraced its modern status of an international and commercial city without betraying the exciting historical background and taking care of its Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian architecture. Having been a northern industrial city, Leeds has transformed over the last decade with new developments such as the Leeds waterfront, exploding with shops, bars, restaurants and hotels. Here you can also find the Millennium Square, which can accommodate up to 20,000 people and includes the famous Nelson Mandela Garden.
With a fairly compact city centre, you can easily make your way around Leeds on foot, bus or by boat on the canal to the numerous museums, craft centres, night clubs, public houses, theatres or the opera. For a more relaxed approach to experiencing the city, take a leisurely stroll through the historic parks, gardens and battlefields.
Leeds is regarded one of north England's best places to dine out due to its diversity. You can get it all, and many of the city's old warehouses, mills and historical buildings have been converted into amazing venues for everything from lower-end to higher-end dining.
After a full day of sightseeing and shopping, it can be nice to sit down in a coffee shop and enjoy something good to drink or eat. Leeds has a great selection of cafes, from traditional coffee-bars to vegan ones, as well as international coffeehouse chains.
Having grown from an industrial city to a financial and commercial international centre in the north, Leeds offers everything from traditional public house experience to the eclectic, indie-style bars dominated by pin-striped suits and glamorous cocktail venues. Nightclubs in Leeds attract the best deejays worldwide and any night of the week they put on events that will make you dance till sunrise or even longer.
Leeds has been dubbed United Kingdom's shopping Mecca of the north, and for good reason: the abundance of shopping centres is due to the compact city centre where you will find designer stores, high end brands, market stalls and independent boutiques. There is no need to bring your walking shoes, because everything is always around you, within a walking distance. Many of the shops are also housed in beautiful arcades and listed buildings which only enhance the whole shopping experience.
Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

The time of the year between May and September is, without any doubt, the best for travelling to Northern England and especially to the city of Leeds, where not only the weather is at its warmest and most pleasant, but also many events are held. The city has an important cultural scene, with many interesting events and exciting festivals that will entertain the whole family - these take place all through the year. The major food & drink festivals are the Indie Food Festival (, held in May, during which the city transforms itself into a huge street food market where it is also possible to taste excellent craft beers and ciders from the UK, but also Germany, Sweden and the USA; the three-day Food & Drink Festival (, in June, a food lover's paradise that brings together the best traditional specialities and some excellent street food from the world; and the International Beer Fest (, taking place in September and featuring hundreds of ales from the UK and overseas. Otherwise, if you're more interested in music, cinema and arts in general, you might want to take part in the Leeds Festival (, one of the largest UK's music festivals, taking place in August, the West Indian Carnival (, celebrated in August, a beautiful and coloured Caribbean parade of people dancing and wearing wonderful costumes, the Light Night (, a festival happening in the beginning of October featuring street art performances, light projections, films and music shows, and the Leeds International Film Festival (, held every year in November. Finally, the German Christmas Market (, also known as Christkindelmarkt, is the last and unmissable event of the year - it transforms Millennium Square into a magical Christmas village.

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