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A snapshot of...Leeds

  • October 12, 2020

Leeds is a city in the County of Yorkshire in Northern England. Home of the UK’s tallest Maypole, it’s known for its historical architecture and for having one of the largest indoor markets in Europe. With its lively population of over 800,000 people, Leeds is certainly an exciting place to live.

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest and busiest acute hospital trusts in the UK. Every year, LTHT provides healthcare and specialist services for people from the city of Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber and beyond, spread over seven hospitals and medical facilities. Right in the heart of the city, Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) has been saving lives for over 250 years. It is a specialist regional centre for a number of complex conditions, as well as providing many general acute hospital services such as intensive care, state of the art operating theatres and a high dependency unit.

Facts about Leeds

  • Leeds General Infirmary were the first in the country to perform the first double hand transplants, thanks to pioneering expert care by our teams on the hand and plastics units. 
  • The board game, Cluedo, was created in Leeds by Anthony E. Pratt due to his love of detective novels. The first version was called Murder! And was created in 1944, it was later produced under the name Cluedo by the board game company Waddington’s.
  • William Henry Bragg and his son, William Lawrence Bragg, used x-ray technology to discover the structure of crystals at the University of Leeds. This discovery aided further discoveries such as work on the structure of DNA!
  • The famous British sweets, Jelly Tots, were invented in Leeds by Brian Boffey when he was trying to find a way to produce powdered jelly.
  • Middleton Railway, located in Leeds, is the world’s oldest continuously working public railway, having originally opened in 1758!
  • The biggest animal armour in the world, armour for an elephant, is kept in the Royal Armouries in Leeds. This elephant armour weighs a whopping 118 kilograms!
  • With over 900 trains and 100,000 passengers per day, Leeds City Station is the busiest station in the UK, outside of London.
  • The Leeds West Indian Carnival is the longest running West Indian Carnival in Europe.
  • The first spring-loaded mouse trap was invented by ironmonger, James Henry Atkinson in Leeds.
  • Barwick-in-Elmet, a village in Leeds, boasts the world’s tallest maypole in the UK, the pole itself is 86 feet tall!

Cost of Living in Leeds

Renting Accommodation

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment Outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment Outside of the City Centre



1 ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two people in a local pub


Meal out for two people in a mid-range restaurant, three courses


Cinema Tickets for two people


One Month Gym Membership


Tennis Course Rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr Bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it takes to Travel by Train from Leeds to other Cities in the UK

Manchester: 48 Minutes

Newcastle: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Birmingham: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

London: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

Liverpool: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Edinburgh: 2 Hours 59 Minutes

Bristol: 3 Hours 30 Minutes

Cardiff: 4 Hours 21 Minutes

Education in Leeds

There are 264 primary schools, 66 secondary schools, 48 sixth forms and colleges in Leeds, as well as two universities. The majority of schools in Leeds have received an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ whilst many have also received a rating of ‘Outstanding’. 10% of all graduates in the UK were educated at one of Leeds’ universities, making the city an excellent place for education for all ages.

Things to do in Leeds

Kirkgate Market

Having originally opened in 1857, this bustling market has only grown in size and popularity since then. A day out at the market is an excellent way to explore the multicultural nature of the city, with stalls from a wide variety of nationalities. The market exhibits a range of products such as food, homeware, fashion, hardware and more. A number of specialty events are hosted here throughout the year as well, including a Christmas market and Street Food event, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

Royal Armouries Museum

This museum is home to an assortment of historical pieces of arms and armour from all over the world. A perfect day out for any history enthusiasts, you can explore the armour worn by knights and soldiers throughout history as well as treasures from Japan, India, the Wild West and Europe. As well as being able to explore these artifacts, the museum also hosts combat demonstrations, performances, object handling sessions and allows you to try out their crossbow range! If you get hungry after all of that, they have a restaurant that overlooks Leeds Dock. There is no fee to enter the museum, making this a cheap day out, though there is a gift shop if you wish to buy a little something to remind you of your day! There is also access and facilities for less able guests.

Go Ape

An exhilarating forest adventure for the family, Go Ape’s treetop courses last between 1 and 3 hours, depending on the course you choose. This adventure takes place among the stunning treetops of a 500-year-old mansion’s estate grounds. The courses involve zip lining, climbing, rope swinging and all manner of adventurous feats. They have courses for different age groups and at various difficulty levels, so whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a little adventure, there should be something to suit everyone. If you’d prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you can visit the mansion’s tea rooms for a snack and a drink or explore the gift shop. Prices vary depending on age and the course you choose. For the Treetop Challenge, the price for anyone aged 16 years and over is £33, and for children between 10 and 15, the price is £25. For the Treetop Adventure, the cost is £19, regardless of age.

Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House

If you’re looking for a more cultural day out, you can visit Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House. With several musicals, operas, ballets and comedy shows available throughout the year, it’s an excellent place for an evening of entertainment. Built in 1878, the theatre also features some beautiful Victorian architecture. There are bars at the theatre if you would like some light refreshments during a show, and a number of restaurants nearby to dine at. Facilities and access for less able visitors are also available.

Tropical World

Located at Roundhay Park, Tropical World is a great day out for animal lovers, with a variety of creatures including meerkats, clown fish and lizards, you can spend the day learning about animals that call the ocean, desert and rainforest their homes. If you fancy a bite to eat, you can venture over to the café, and there is also a giftshop onsite to buy a memento of your day.

Thackray Medical Museum

The Thackray Medical Museum strives to educate its guests about the history of healthcare and medicine in the UK. The museum explores the changes and innovations in medicine throughout history through exhibitions, workshops and through their collections. The museum also features a gift shop and café, as well as access for less able visitors. It is currently closed for a £4 million refurbishment but aims to open its doors once more in summer 2020. In the meantime, the museum is touring on the road in their ‘emergency museum’ and they announce events on their website.

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