Leeds, in West Yorkshire is located 190 miles (just over 300km) north-northwest of London. It is a thriving city, with a population of around 751,500. It boasts nine major attractions, including: Abbey House Museum, Discovery Centre, Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds City Museum – with many smaller attractions beside. The Leeds Arena (due to open in 2013, with a capacity of 13,500) is already being hailed by Leeds City Council as "one of the most innovative cultural venues in Europe" and will be hosting around 140 various public entertainment events a year. Leeds has many major parks around the city, many containing animal areas, lakes, ancient woodland and historical landscapes. One very popular attraction is Tropical World (with seven different zones, for example, jungle and desert) showing various hot habitats of the globe.
With over 65 city centre hotels in Leeds and country-based cottages, there is something to suit everyone's need. Eating out is a pleasure in Leeds, with so many good quality restaurants to choose from and such a range of cuisine, including: Indian, Thai, Chinese, Latin American and French as well as the traditional British fare, too.
Leeds is easily accessed by car, with M1, M62 and A1 connections nearby. There are good train and bus services availability throughout the city. At Dyer Street in Leeds, there is a large bus depot which has both National Express coach service, linking across the country, as well as regular local bus services. There are also plenty of cycle lanes across the city if you prefer to travel by bike.