Probably not where you would expect me to go or where you would immediately think of for a holiday but I don’t just visit or sell exotic and glamorous places. Sometimes I go much closer to home and the UK is in fact my top destination by passenger numbers. You might want to go somewhere like Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow etc. for a variety of reasons, perhaps for similar reasons I have over the years. Kids at university, to see friends and family, a family occasion such as a wedding or christening, perhaps a business trip, a meeting or a conference, a hen or stag weekend, to see your football or rugby team or just a weekend away.
Leeds is a great hub in the North East, easy to get to from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle by train. Easy to drive on M1, easy access to Leeds/Bradford and Manchester airports and there are plenty of buses too. York is only a short distance away and you could visit the famous cathedral, the railway museum and walk through time and enjoy York’s rich history. Harrogate is also very close and you can visit the beautiful gardens and tea rooms
Leeds itself is a lively student town with plenty of good shopping in old and new shopping arcades, lovely Victorian architecture and some decent bars and restaurants including Akbar’s, famous for their enormous naan breads (don’t order more than one unless there are at least 10 of you!) http://www.akbars.co.uk/leeds-eastgate
- The best way to get round Leeds is to walk or take a taxi. The city centre is quite small and partly pedestrianised.
- Cab fares compare well with buses
- Hotel prices are much more expensive on Saturday nights or when there is a concert.
- A really good place to shop with everything from Leeds Market and Poundland to top designer labels in a small walkable area