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Once the heart of industrial Yorkshire, Leeds has recently reinvented itself as a vibrant, young city with thriving culture and commerce. With its central position, Leeds makes a good base for exploring northern England.
Leeds is only twenty miles from the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, many of the streets are pedestrianised, so you can walk around safely. The city has a great reputation for it's shopping, nightlife; tons of award winning restaurants, bars and a good number of theatres, cinemas and tourist attractions.
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It's always fairly likely to rain in Yorkshire, so always plan some alternative indoor activities just in case. In general, summers from June to August are relatively warm with temperatures around 20-22 °C during the day and around 10-12 °C at night. Winters from December to February are around 7 °C during the day and around 2-3 °C at night. Precipitation is around 750 mm a year, quite evenly distributed troughout the year, though winters tend to be a little wetter.
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Leeds Bradford International Aiport (LBA) is closest - 45 minutes away by bus. Alternatively, there are direct trains connecting Leeds to Manchester airport. About a dozen of airlines, including Ryanair serve the airport, with destinations including London, Brussels, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Geneva, Belfast, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Prague, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Dublin, Riga, Malta, Vilnius, Munich and many beach destinations in southern Europe.
Leeds is a central hub of the cross-country network and it's possible to catch fast, direct trains to many major cities. Leeds is also the starting point for the unique and scenic Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway.
The M1 and M62 motorways pass close to Leeds. Leeds is the starting-point of the A62, A63, A64, A65 and A660 roads, and is also situated on the A58 and A61.
Direct services from London and other UK cities with National Express or Megabus. Buses leave from near the busstation at Dyer Street. Buses out of the city are mainly provided by FirstBus and Arriva Yorkshire. Harrogate & District provides a service to Harrogate and Ripon. Keighley & District provides a service to Shipley, Bingley and Keighley. The Yorkshire Coastliner service runs from Leeds to Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby via York and Malton. Stagecoach provides a service to Hull via Goole.
West Yorkshire Metro provides public transport in Leeds as well. The city has an extensive bus network, operated by First Leeds and Arriva Yorkshire.
A limited number of locations are served by the local Metro train services. A free bus, the FreeCity Bus service, runs from the city train station, to Leeds General Infirmary, the universities and around the city centre. Leeds is one of the few UK cities that has a free bus service. Leeds City bus station is at Dyer Street and is used by bus services to towns and cities in Yorkshire, plus a small number of local services.
The city centre is compact enough to cover on foot.
Leeds is a very hilly place indeed. If you are planning to cycle around Leeds you will become extremely fit and healthy after a month or so of tackling the hills. There are less direct routes to take enabling you to avoid busy main roads. Consult a good Cycling Map for Leeds
|Leeds Metropolitan University||Kirkstall Brewery Broad Lane||Hostel||75|
|Comfort Inn||Bishopgate||Hotel||0113 242 2555||-|
|Ibis Leeds Centre||23 Marlborough Street||Hotel||0113 220 4100||-|
|Premier Inn Leeds City Centre||Wellington Street||Hotel||0870 197 7150||-|
|Premier Inn Leeds City West||City West One Office Park, Gelderd Road||Hotel||0870 990 6448||-|
|Premier Inn Leeds East||Selby Road, Whitkirk||Hotel||0870 197 7151||-|
|Hilton Leeds City||Neville Street||Hotel||0113 244 2000||-|
|Radisson SAS Hotel||No.1 The Light, The Headrow||Hotel||0113 236 6000||-|
|The Queens Hotel||City Square||Hotel||0113 243 1323||-|
|Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa||1150 Century Way, Thorpe Park||Hotel||0113 264 1000||-|
|University of Leeds||Clarence Dock, Clarence Road||Hotel||0113 343 6100||-|
|Weetwood Hall||Otley Road||Hotel||0113 230 6000||-|
|42 The Calls||42 The Calls||Hotel||0113 244 0099||-|
|Beechwood||34 Street Lane, Roundhay||Hotel||0113 266 2578||-|
|The Adriatic||83-89 Harehills Avenue||Hotel||0113 262 0115||-|
|The Glengarth||162 Woodsley Road||Hotel||0113 245 7940||-|
|Ibis Hotel Leeds||26 Marlborough Street||Hotel||-|
|Discovery Inn||Bishopgate St||Hotel||87|
|The Butlers Hotel||40-42 Cardigan Road Headingley||Hotel||79|
|The Old Vicarage||Bruntcliffe Road Morley||Hotel||-|
|Days Inn Wetherby||J46 A1(M) Wetherby Services Wetherby,||HOTEL||-|
|Ascot Grange Hotel||130 Otley Road Headingley||Hotel||-|
|Oak Villa Hotel||55-57 Cardigan Road Headingley||Hotel||-|
|Adriatic Hotel||83-89 Harehills Avenue||HOTEL||-|
Internet cafés can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00
In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.
Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.
Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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