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Leeds is a compact city, one where you can walk between meetings, and easily explore on foot

The rural idyll of the Yorkshire Dales or the beauty of the Pennine Hills can be accessed from the city within minutes.

Our cultural life is rich and full. No city is more committed to giving all its people access to the joys of dance, art, music and song. We’re home to modern dance studios and creative spaces, traditional theatres, museums and international scale, state-of the-art performance venues. Opera North, Northern Ballet and Leeds Playhouse are renowned the world over. Our sporting heritage is strong; Yorkshire County Cricket Club continues to produce world leading talent and Leeds United Football Club have returned to The Premiership.

We know that culture and art connect people through shared human experience, that they inspire the imagination, enable people to come together and understand each other, improve our spirits and, ultimately, improve our health and our wellbeing. So, we have created Leeds 2023; an inclusive international cultural festival that will reach and connect all the people of Leeds, especially those with the little experience of the arts.


When it comes to shopping, there are few places that can rival the offer in Leeds. With all the big names to be found in a wide array of shopping centres, each boasting their own unique mix of retailers and restaurants. Amongst the well-known giants sit an extensive range of unique and wonderful independent shops and vendors; from handmade craft shops to vintage clothing stores and one-of-a-kind jewellers.