About Leeds

Welcome to the magnificent city of Leeds, the second most popular conferencing destination in the north of England and where no two conferences are the same!

Leeds is a modern city with a rich industrial past. Compact and accessible you can walk everywhere and experience culture at its best. Delegates can unwind and continue networking in a vibrant city centre famous for an eclectic and fast growing independent food and drink scene.

The city boasts an exciting venue portfolio, from world-class academic Universities, historic civic venues such as Leeds Town Hall and unique experiences such as at Headingley Rugby and Cricket Stadium.

Centrally located in the heart of the UK, the city is attractive to both national and international delegates. Leeds is only a two-hour train journey from London or one hour by air. Leeds Bradford Airport also offers excellent transport links with national and international flights to over 70 international destinations and eight UK destinations.

Information on what to see and do in Leeds after the conference has finished can be found in our Visitor Guide.

Food and Drink.

Leeds is home to a busy and vibrant food and drink scene, and has both big name restaurants and independent eateries and bars on offer.

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Shopping Paradise.

The glorious and spectacular arcades in Leeds gives an unrivalled shopping experience. What’s so special about shopping in the city is the genuine feel of history and heritage alongside the stunning architecture.

The most recent addition is Victoria Leeds whose award winning design is based on the stunning Victorian arcades for which Leeds is renowned.

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After Dark.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to network or let your hair down, there’s a rich abundance of nightlife to enjoy in Leeds. From cocktails served with panoramic city views to diverse DJ sets and the best in live music, the city caters to every taste after dark.

So whether you like it laid back or lively, there’s always somewhere to carry on the party.

Leeds has retained its Purple Flag accredited city status for the 5th year, indicating the nightlife in Leeds is entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable.

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Culture and Heritage.

Leeds is a city full of surprises. World famous Opera North and Northern Ballet call Leeds home and perform in majestic settings including one of the finest Victorian theatres in the UK, Leeds Grand Theatre, to outdoor concerts on Millennium Square.

Kirkstall Abbey is one of the best preserved Medieval Cistercian Abbeys in the world and our flagship visual art gallery Leeds Art Gallery sits beside the world-renowned Henry Moore Institute.

And did you know we have the only gas lit cinema in the country? Find out more here about other facts that may surprise you

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The Great Outdoors.

Leeds is also within easy reach of some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. There are two National Parks on the doorstep, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, offering endless opportunities to explore dramatic and diverse landscapes – as highlighted by the routes of Grand Départ of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire cycle races.

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A City of Sporting Success.

There’s all the sport anyone one could hope to see in Leeds, from international cricket at  Headingley Stadium to Championship football at the iconic Elland Road.

Following the phenomenal success of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, the Tour De Yorkshire cycle race finished on The Headrow in Leeds City Centre . Whilst other major sporting events include international cricket, the UCI Road World Championships and the ITU World Triathalon.

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