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Where to pick up your car
The most popular car hire location is Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), just under half an hour's drive from the centre (about 15km).
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Leeds are Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Alamo and Interrent.
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Victorian architecture and history are at the heart of Leeds' identity.
Sitting equidistant from The Peaks and The Dales, Leeds is an excellent base for exploring some of the best of the British countryside.
There is culture and history bursting at this former mill town's seams. And, with shopping, theatre and art galleries galore, you'll get a lot out of a trip to this lovely northern city.
Points of interest near to Leeds
Yorkshire Dales National Park – 39km
Miles of valleys, vistas and villages, the Dales are home to both wild moors and pristine meadows.
Blackpool – 138km
Resort town by the sea, known for its illuminated light show and theme park.
Scarborough – 108km
North Yorkshire town where people have holidayed for hundreds of years.
Durham – 136km
Historic city with top university and a beautiful Romanesque cathedral.
Sheffield – 58km
Student-dominated town with excellent theatre venues and winter gardens.
York – 44km
Walled city with its most renowned icon, York Minster, standing proudly in the centre.
Free activities in Leeds
Check out the HUB theatre's latest program, as they operate on a pay what you feel basis. This means the shows are accessible for every budget.
Heading to Kirkgate Market is a great way to spend a morning in Leeds. Remember most of the vendors will only accept cash so come prepared with some notes and coins. Wandering the stall itself without buying anything (if you resist) is a free activity. This 18th century market is actually one of the largest in Europe.
Leeds Civic Trust started the blue plaques scheme in 1987. There are over 160 round plates which symbolise important milestones for the city over time. Hunt some of them down and learn something new about the area.
Discover a range of art related activities for free in Leeds. Follow the Leeds Public Art Trail or explore The Gallery at 164 – both of these won't cost you a thing.
Where to shop
If it's retail you're after, look no further than the Knightsbridge of the North.
Not at all corny
For an architectural landmark and shopping experience in one, check out the Corn Exchange. Its unusual dome shape, quaint arched doorways and elaborate iron balconies make this Victorian building a memorable place to shop.
Loads of choice
For shopping late with plenty of choice try Trinity. Another indoor complex, this modern building contains three floors of shops and restaurants. Non-EU customers can even shop here tax free, claiming back their tax at the airport.
Looking for luxury?
Grade II listed arcades in the Victoria Quarter are where you need to head for the designer brands. Victoria Gate is also a super modern addition to this area. The diamond-shaped polished concrete is a fitting reminder of the textile heritage from which the city was born.
While you're in Leeds, don't miss a visit to the most complete medieval ruin of its kind in UK. This Grade I listed building is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful retreat from the city.
If the historic importance of this once Cistercian monastery isn't enough, head over on market day and combine ancient ruins with local culture. There is free parking at Kirkstall Abbey, too.
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden
An hour drive north of Leeds is a National Trust property with lots to offer. Take a trip back in time as you explore an impressive set of ruins and some spectacular surroundings.
This enchanting abbey happens to be set in a deer park – if you time your visit right you can see them being fed in winter.
700 acres of well-kept green space proves to be Leeds' most popular park, and it's situated only 20 minutes away from the city centre by car.
There are plenty of events happening here year round, from boat races to fun fairs, and there are even some casual dining options. Roundhay Park is also the location of Tropical World, a great value day out for families where you can see a range of animals including fish and reptiles.