THE naming of Leeds as best city in Britain for quality of life has come as no surprise to us here at the YEP and City Buzz.
Out of 100 cities from around the world, the jewel in the crown of Yorkshire was placed 26th by Arcadis - a global consultancy firm which measured factors such as health, education, living costs, crime, inequality and work-life balance when producing its findings.
We couldn’t agree more, so we give you 21 reasons, in no particular order of greatness, as to why we think Leeds is a great place to live, work and relax.
1. Roundhay Park One of the biggest city parks in Europe, owned by the city council and boasting more than 700 acres of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens.
2. Kirkstall Abbey A ruined Cistercian monastery founded around 1152 and housed happily in a public park
3. First Direct Arena Since opening in 2013 the arena has brought artist such as Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Bublé, and Lionel Richie to Leeds.
4. Woodhouse Moor Open space on the outskirts of the city centre with three separate park areas. It attracts around three million visitors a year making it the second most popular urban park in Leeds.
5. Trinity Leeds The only major shopping centre to open in Western Europe in 2013 saw off the economic slump. It is the size of 13 football pitches, cost £350 million and has 120 shops plus an entire floor dedicated to bars and restaurants.
6. Elland Road Stadium The stadium is the 12th largest football stadium in England, the fourth largest outside the Premier League and has been home to Leeds United since 1919.
7. Queen’s Hotel Possibly the most famous hotel in Leeds standing imposingly outside Leeds station it eminates 1930s style and glamour.
8. The Corn Exchange A grade 1 listed building and completed in 1864, the Corn Exchanges in just one of three in the country which still operates in its traditional capacity as a centre for trade.
9. Leeds Rhinos
Current champions of the Super League which is the top-level European rugby league club competition after being formed as long ago as 1870.
10. Hyde Park Picture House It is one of the oldest cinemas in the country after opening in 1914 and still boasts its art-house style.
11. Education The city boasts no fewer than three universities at its heart with the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett and Leeds Trinity offering a wealth of opportunity for young people.
12. Leeds General Infirmary
Also known as ‘LGI’ the hospital has been saving lives for over 250 years, It is also a teaching hospital.
13. The Man Behind the Curtain A Michelin starred restaurant which opened in October 2014 and offering a totally unique dining experience
14. South Bank An area set to radically change the face of Leeds once again with ambitious £350 million plans for office buildings, apartments, bars and restaurants on sites around the Temple Quarter.
15. Victoria Gate Taking shopping in Leeds to another level is this £165 million retail development under construction and set to open next month complete with the city’s first John Lewis.
16. Harvey Nichols With only six stores across the UK, the Leeds branch is one of them and has been a sign of luxury on Briggate for several years.
17. Greek Street One of the places to go to eat, drink and be cool with new bars popping up each week. Enjoying a resurgence, this area of Leeds represents culture, variety and alternative city living.
18. The Royal Armouries The museum is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and is the only national collection of arms outside of the capital.
19. Leeds/Liverpool Canal Over a distance of 127 miles, it crosses the Pennines, and includes 91 locks on the main line. First used in 1774 it has now been transformed to provide cycle and walking links.
20. Temple Newsam One of the most celebrated historic houses in the country this Tudor-Jacobean house was the birth place of Lord Darnley, notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots.
21. Yorkshire Evening Post... And saving the best for last the Yorkshire Evening Post plays an integral part in the success of all of the above by continuing to bring you latest news, sport, mixture of lifestyle and cultural features and is at the heart of campaigning for and promoting Leeds.
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