These two Northern cities are so close that they’ve practically merged together, but Leeds and Bradford are still very much distinct entities with different atmospheres and attractions. With Leeds one of the fastest-growing and most up-and-coming cities in the UK, and Bradford undergoing a drastic regeneration, the area is guaranteed to give you a taste of the North at its best.
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Leeds has undergone more than ten years of improvement work, which has resulted in an explosion of entertainment, culture, fashion destinations and food hotspots in the city. If you’re hungry to learn everything you can about the city you’re in, Leeds won’t disappoint – it’s crammed full of museums, including the fascinating and family-friendly Thackray Medical Museum, as well as the Abbey House Museum, which gives visitors a unique peek at what Leeds would have been like in the Victorian times. Keen shoppers will find themselves in heaven in Leeds; there are hundreds of outlets catering to bargain spotters and cash-splashing types alike. With thousands of students living in this vibrant urban centre, it’s little surprise that the nightlife in Leeds is second-to-none, offering something for everyone. Bradford has its own fair share of attractions, including the Bradford Industrial Museum for budding historians, and an IMAX cinema for film buffs. Don’t miss a famous Bradford curry at one of the city’s top notch restaurants.
If you rate the quality of a holiday destination on the standards of the food you find there, Leeds is sure to score top marks. There’s a legion of restaurants in the city, including all the chain outlets you’d expect as well as lots of quirky joints off the beaten track. Try The Man Behind the Curtain, where the menu – full of fresh local flavours – will constantly surprise and delight. Both Leeds and Bradford are jam-packed with hot nightspots, so you’re guaranteed as many unforgettable evenings as you choose. Soak up the friendly, laid-back atmosphere and enjoy specialist beers and ales at The Sparrow pub in Bradford, or dance until you drop at one of the multitude of nightclubs in Leeds.
For holidaymakers with a soft spot for retail therapy, Leeds is practically paradise. The city is home to every kind of shop imaginable, including designer stores, high street favourites, eclectic boutiques, and characterful market stalls. If you want something unique to take back with you, pay the Grand Arcade a visit. One of the oldest shopping spots in Leeds, the Arcade is full to the brim with independent retailers. Bradford boasts various shopping centres to get stuck into, including Kirkgate Centre and Forster Square Shopping Park. Development of a Westfield Shopping Centre is currently underway, and will mark Bradford out as one of the UK’s unmissable shopping destinations.
Leeds is full of awe-inspiring historic houses, which make for fantastic day-trips for families. Pay a visit to the majestic Temple Newsam; once owned by Henry VIII, this Tudor-Jacobean estate now houses Europe’s largest rare breeds farm. Sports fanatics will be spoilt for choice in Leeds, as the city plays host to a huge variety of sporting events throughout the year including cricket, rugby, football and racing. If it’s a rainy day in Bradford, take the kids to the Bradford Ice Rink, where you can enjoy hours of indoor fun. When the sun is shining, be sure to take a walk in the Pennine countryside, where you’ll be surrounded by the breathtaking hills and moorland that inspired the beloved Victorian novels of the Brontë sisters.
Leeds Bradford Airport is situated 6 miles northwest of Leeds city centre, and both Leeds and Bradford are easily accessible by public transport.
IATA code: LBA
Name: Leeds Bradford International Airport
Address: Leeds Bradford International Airport, Leeds, LS19 7TU.
Telephone: +44 (0)871 288 2288
There are plenty of parking options at this busy international hub. Long Stay car parking can be accessed by a 4 minute shuttle from the terminal, while the Short Stay car park is only a 2 minute walk from the terminal. There are also Business and Premier parking options.
There are no train services at Leeds Bradford Airport, but regular bus services mean the city centres are a quick and easy journey away.
Arrow Cars operates a taxi service from Leeds Bradford Airport, and is the only private hire company that can drop you off on the terminal forecourt. You don’t need to book your taxi in advance, but it may be advisable to do so if you want a quick getaway after landing. You can pay your fare by card if you wish to.
If you want to travel quickly between Leeds and Bradford, or are planning to travel further afield on your Northern break, hiring a car is a good option. Avis operate in the airport and you can book a car in advance by with our booking tool.
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