Leeds is recognised as the regional capital of the Yorkshire and Humber region, an area with a population of over 5 million, similar to that of Scotland or Denmark.
In the last decade £617 million has been invested in Leeds City Centre to further enhance its excellent shopping and leisure facilities, with a further £6 billion in progress or proposed, including the £350 million Trinity Leeds, opened in March 2013, the state of the art Leeds Arena, and the £650 million Victoria Gate retail development.
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Leeds is the UK's fastest growing city. It is the 3rd largest City in the UK
Described by the Lonely Planet guide to Britain as the 'Knightsbridge of the North', Leeds has consistently been ranked as one of the UK's top five retail destinations, with a total shopping catchment population of nearly 3.2 million people regionally.
Named the best shopping destination in the UK by the Rough Guide to Britain, Leeds city centre has over 1,000 shops and one of the UK's newest out-of-town shopping centres. There is over 1 mile of indoor shopping in the city centre.
Leeds was named ‘The Best Place in Britain to Live’ by Henley Management College's 'Urban Behaviours' study.
Leeds has one of the driest summer climates among major British cities, which is one of the key factors behind the success of its shopping, pavement cafes and outdoor events.
Leeds was recently crowned the UK's most female friendly city
(Future Laboratories 'Tigra Town' Research 2006).
Leeds is the only English city outside London with its own repertory theatre, opera house and ballet companies. The West Yorkshire Playhouse stages more productions each year than any other theatre outside London.
Leeds City Art Gallery has "the best collection of 20th century British art outside London" (The Times).
Leeds International Concert Season is the largest concert season of its kind in the UK, with over 200 events from September to May each year.
Leeds Carnival began in 1967, making it the oldest Caribbean-style carnival in Europe.
Leeds Bradford International Airport is one of the fastest growing regional UK airports, with a 75% growth over the last five years. More than 450 weekly flights take over 2.8 million travellers to 70 major international business and holiday destinations.
Over two-thirds of the Leeds District is open space, public parks, gardens and green belt land, and the city centre is less than 20 miles from the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Kirkgate Market, part of which is a Grade I listed building dating from 1875, is the largest covered market in Europe.
There are more listed buildings in Leeds than in any other English city outside London, with highlights including the Victoria Quarter, Leeds Corn Exchange and Harewood House.
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