A shopping mecca that has gone from bust to boom in recent years, Leeds is one of the UK’s most popular destinations for those looking for a heady mix of retail therapy, beautiful inner city architecture and thriving nightlife.
If there was a city that could win an award for transformation then Leeds would claim the title hands down. Over the last two decades, this northern English city has gone from the D list to the A list and is now one of the UK’s most visited places. Why is this? Think huge economic renaissance, urban renewal and an explosion of retail outlets that makes Leeds one of the biggest shopping destinations in the UK outside of London. Well, they don’t call it the Knightsbridge of the North for nothing! It’s a case of take your pick between the stylish Victorian Quarter, the Corn Exchange, the Headrow Centre or Leeds Shopping Plaza to name but a few.
Christmas isn't just for children. See Santa's sleigh ride on real reindeer or take home a hand pruned Christmas tree, home-grown at the historic house estate of Stockeld Park in Wetherby, just outside of Leeds. For more information visit stockeldpark.co.uk.
Famous front man Noel Gallagher is coming to the First Direct Arena with special guests Super Furry Animals. The former OASIS singer has found success with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and their number one album 'Chasing Yesterday'. 27 April 2016, www.firstdirectarena.com.
Whether you're browsing or buying, there's plenty to see in Leeds' original shopping arcade, the Victoria Quarter. Ornate glass and iron work dating back a century play host to high street staples and luxury boutiques, not forgetting the North's very own Harvey Nichols. 4 Cross Arcade, Victoria Quarter, Leeds, LS1 6AZ, www.v-q.co.uk.
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