Leeds in West Yorkshire is one of the UK's largest cities and was one of the stars of the Industrial Revolution, but is now a financial, legal and commercial centre.
Leeds, located in West Yorkshire, is the UK’s third largest city with a rich history derived from its important role in Britain’s Industrial Revolution. Many of our serviced apartments in Leeds are close to the city’s busy, centrally-located train station, giving easy access to and from the rest of the country.
Despite its proud role in the Industrial Revolution, attested to in the Leeds City Museum and the Industrial Museum at Ambley Mills, Leeds is moving on from its industrial past in favour of becoming a financial and legal hub, bringing the sort of corporate business to the city that creates a demand for short stay apartments and aparthotels.
Named as one of the fastest-growing green cities in the UK, Leeds also boasts several new developments, like the Trinity Leeds £350 million retail development, one of the finest shopping destinations in the country. In 2016, Victoria Gate Shopping Centre opened in the city, providing another great retail facility. This stunning glass roof building mimics the city’s historic arcades, while still providing a truly modern shopping experience. Featuring brands like John Lewis, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, it also attracts visitors with high profile restaurants, lively bars and eateries.
Next to other city centre attractions, Leeds Town Hall is another magnificent building that the city prides itself on. It was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858 and is one of the biggest landmarks in Leeds. You can take a tour and see its underground cells, or climb the stairs to the clock tower.
Leeds prides itself on having some of the UK’s leading universities among the five located in the city. Unsurprisingly, the city’s universities have world-class research facilities. Leeds also has an excellent arts and culture scene, with the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds’s Art Gallery, which one of the city’s finest attractions. The gallery building is, in itself, a stunning piece of architecture and Henry Moore’s famous statue of the Reclining Woman greets visitors as they approach the entrance. You can also see masterpieces from artists like Francis Bacon and Jacob Kramer displayed in the gallery.
The recent restoration and development of the city has boosted its cultural offerings even further. While staying in Leeds, you can enjoy performances of Northern Ballet and Opera North, performing on the stunning stage of the Victorian Leeds Grand Theatre, opened in 1878. This notable piece of architecture has gothic accents on the exterior but reveals Scottish and Romanesque styles, once you step inside. The theatre first raised its curtain with a performance of Much Ado About Nothing, and has been offering outstanding performances ever since.
Another great city attraction is the Royal Armouries Museum. It can be found on the waterfront side of the city, overlooking Leeds Docks. The museum has a massive collection of more than 8000 objects and its five galleries are named for War, Oriental, Tournament, Self-Defence and Hunting. Here, you can appreciate a 15th-century Chinese sword, Henry the VIII’s horned helmet and other stunning artefacts.
Leeds is becoming well established as a cultural city, with a variety of galleries – some internationally renowned – giving corporate travellers using our city apartments something special to experience while they are there. So, if you’re coming to West Yorkshire on business and need safe, flexible accommodation, SITU’s self-catering apartments in Leeds could be the answer for you.