As a tourist visiting England, the most obvious location to visit is London. London is the capital after all, and there are many things to see and do. What many tourists don’t know, is that London isn’t representative of the rest of the country, especially the North. For those wanting to see the real Britain, I would suggest the Northern of Leeds.
Leeds is a great city in the heart of Yorkshire. Yorkshire has the nickname ‘God’s own county’, with good reason to, as Yorkshire is home to some beautiful locations such as the Yorkshire Dales, and the North Yorkshire Moors. If you visit Leeds, you’ll definitely want to set aside a few days to explore (or ramble, as it’s sometimes known) through the hills of Yorkshire.
Within the surrounding area of Leeds you will find the historical towns of Harrogate and York, both of which are rich with history. In fact York was the Roman capital of Northern Britain (Brittania Inferior) from around 100 – 300AD. It has also been under Celtic, Viking, and Norman rule, so there a many interesting historical attractions to visit there. Harrogate is a luxurious Spa town and has won awards for its appeal as a tourist destination. Both are short train Journeys from Leeds City Train Station.
Leeds itself is a cultural hotspot, featuring a smorgasbord of hotels, art galleries, comedy clubs, music venues, restaurants, and other entertainment. Leeds is definitely somewhere you never get bored. I would like to mention that Leeds will probably appeal to a younger tourist in terms of nightlife, but places such as Leeds City Museum, Leeds City Art Gallery, The Henry Moore Institute, and the City Hall will provide a tourist of any age with fascinating things to do.
If art in your thing, then you might be interested in the world famous Yorkshire Sculpture Park, that features incredible work by iconic sculptor Henry Moore.
Whatever you interests, Yorkshire will have something for you and with a buzzing heart like Leeds you’re bound to enjoy your time here. Come see Yorkshire, the true England.
Author: Thom Milson is a passionate Leeds dweller, who occasionally blogs on behalf of One UK, who specialise in Leeds apartments. He originally moved to Leeds after a visit and has never left; maybe you will do the same.