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Leeds – cultural capital of West Yorkshire
Leeds is a busy city, offering the chance to enjoy plenty of nightlife, shopping facilities you would not expect to find, state of the art attractions not usually located outside London and good eating out places & entertainment.
Leeds’ reputation for shopping goes from strength to strength, with top fashion store Harvey Nichols and many designer names. The city centre possesses elegant Victorian and Edwardian arcades, small boutiques and speciality shops in a pedestrianised city centre.
On the tourism front, the Royal Armouries is the first national museum to house part of the Royal Collection from the Tower of London, in a £42 million home on the waterfront. Harewood House is the spectacular home of the Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood, and the £6m Thackray Medical Museum is one of Leeds’ newest attractions.
Cultural events include opera and ballet in the park, the International Film Festival and quality theatre, and sports fans can enjoy top-class football (well almost!), rugby and cricket (!). A splendid choice of restaurants, bistros, café/bars and pubs around the city centre and waterfront account for five entries in the Good Food Guide and three coveted Michelin stars.
Must see and do
Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds
Thackray Museum, Leeds
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds
Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds
Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Leeds
Harewood House, Leeds
Abbey House Museum, Leeds
Travel Information for Leeds:
1. It takes 2 hours 15 minutes on the train from London.
2. It is 189 miles by road from Leeds to London, and this takes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.
3. It is 2 hours on the train from Birmingham (via Virgin Trains – www.virgintrains.co.uk)
4. It is 106 miles by road from Leeds to Birmingham, and this takes approximately 2 hours 10 minutes.
5. It takes 4 hours 15 minutes on the train from Cardiff (via Virgin and Central Trains).
6. It is 204 miles by road from Leeds to Cardiff, and this takes approximately 4 hours 20 minutes.
Houses prices as you would expect vary depending on the area.
Most of the sales in Leeds over the past year (2016) were semi-detached properties which on average sold for £186,650. Terraced properties had an average sold price of £141,165 and flats averaged at £129,918. Leeds, with an overall average price of £185,536 was more expensive than nearby Leeds City Centre (£136,967), but was cheaper than Chapel Allerton (£214,153) and Roundhay (£271,306). In the past year house prices in Leeds were 4% up on the year before and 12% up on 2007 when they averaged at £165,554.
Harrogate, with an overall average price of £309,368, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Knaresborough (£294,692), but was cheaper than Pannal (£403,904) and Spofforth (£351,916). In the past year house prices in Harrogate were 6% up on the year before and 17% up on 2013 when they averaged at £263,790. From Leeds to Harrogate it is 15 miles and takes approximately 30 minutes (see www.multimap.com for location and travel).
In Mirfield detached properties had an average sold price of £279,770 and terraced properties averaged at £129,686. Mirfield, with an overall average price of £186,611 was more expensive than nearby Roberttown (£164,533), Kirkheaton (£165,037) and Liversedge (£149,112). From Mirfield to Leeds it is 10 miles and takes approximately 25 minutes.
Last year most property sales in Garforth involved semi-detached properties which sold for on average £177,817. Terraced properties sold for an average price of £146,388, while detached properties fetched £271,042. From Garforth to Leeds it is 7 miles and takes approximately 15 minutes.
(source for house prices – www.rightmove.co.uk)
Top 15 schools for A Level results in Leeds (source – the BBC website):
Leeds Girls’ High School (IND, SEL)
Leeds Grammar School (IND, SEL)
Roundhay School Technology College
Benton Park School
Gateways School (IND, SEL)
St Mary’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Menston
Otley Prince Henry’s Grammar School Specialist Language College
Fulneck School (IND, SEL)
Wetherby High School
Garforth Community College
Woodkirk High Specialist Science School
Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College
Allerton High School
Top 15 primary schools in Leeds (source – the BBC website):
St Patrick Catholic Primary School
Tranmere Park Primary School
Meanwood Church of England Primary School
Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School
Calverley Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Adel Primary School
Garforth Green Lane Primary School
Headingley Primary School
Westerton Primary School
Mount St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Holy Name Catholic Primary School
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Wetherby
Hawksworth Church of England Primary School
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Horsforth
Weetwood Primary School
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