Living in Leeds

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As one of the biggest and most exciting cities in the UK – with only cities like Manchester and London giving it a run for its money – living in Leeds is certainly an attractive proposition.

What makes the city so appealing is not just its size or its economic status – having one of the fastest growing private sectors in the UK – but also its diverse and rich culture and beautiful scenery.

Situated halfway between London and Edinburgh with the M1, M62 and A1(M) all passing through it, there are also few cities better for commuters than Leeds too.

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Some of the Fun Things to do in Leeds

Leeds is a place of a great natural beauty, with more than half of the city – about 60% of Leeds – being considered part of England’s idyllic Green Quarter.

As such, the city has several beautiful parks including the Rothwell County Park, the Bedquilts Recreation Grounds and Middleton Park, as well as a number of excellent walking and cycling trails including Leeds Country Way, the Meanwood Valley Trail and the Trans Pennine Trail.

The city also has some truly impressive castles including the Kirkstall Abbey Ruins & Park and the Roundhay Castle & Park.

We also recommend visiting one of the city’s many grandiose halls including the likes of Morwick Hall, Cobble Hall and Elmette Hall. Leeds is also largely built around the Rivers Aire and Wharfe, offering locals beautiful views from all over the city.

If you’re into your golf, there’s nothing better than an afternoon spent down at the Temple Newsam Golf Club. There’s also the Leeds City Museum for a fun day out with the kids, as well as a whole host of famous music venues – including the 02 Academy, the Brudenell Social Club and the Belgrave Music Hall – known for putting on some of the best and most popular gigs in Leeds.

Finding Great Shops in Leeds

The main shopping district in Leeds is Briggate Street – a pedestrianised section of Leeds City Centre. Here you’ll find several popular high street stores including Marks and Spencer’s, House of Fraser, Topshop, and Debenhams.

The city centre also has one of the largest indoor markets in all of Europe – the Grade I listed Leeds Kirkgate Market – and there’s also the city’s Christmas Markets which takes place every year at Millennium Square.

For more luxurious purchases, Victoria Quarter is an area with one of the highest concentrations of high-end shops in Leeds – boasting the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, Harvey Nichols, and French Connection – for those looking to treat their loved ones or themselves.

For your weekly groceries, there’s the White Rose Shopping Centre which has a Sainsbury’s, popular high-street shops like Primark, an extensive range of restaurants and a number of novelty outlets including a Build-a-Bear store, as well as a Cineworld cinema.

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Getting Around in Leeds

Leeds has one of the busiest railway stations in Northern England and offers a half-hourly service to London King’s Cross as well as regular services to the likes of Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle, the Midlands, and various destinations across Scotland.

For someone needing to regularly commute, getting around the UK couldn’t be much easier.

Popular bus operators like First Bus and Arriva also make it easy for Leeds’s locals to get around the city too.

If you are interested in any of our new builds in Leeds – whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to move with one of our great schemes, such as part exchange – please get in touch.