YEP survey results heap praise on Leeds’s shops, bars and parks

Victoria Gate shopping centre, Leeds city centre.

From the dizzying heights atop the Trinity Leeds shopping centre, to the stunning landscape views across Roundhay Park, life in Leeds has plenty to offer.

And that was echoed by hundreds of people who took part in the YEP’s Big Cities survey.

When asked to rate aspects of life in Leeds, they heaped praise onto the city’s parks, pubs, shops, arts and music scenes which have boomed over the last decade.

Rating on a scale from very good to very poor, 80 per cent of people who took part in our survey said Leeds’s parks were either good or very good.

A further 80 per cent said the city’s shopping centres - bolstered by the Trinity Leeds and Victoria Gate outlets - were also good or very good.

But the biggest margin of praise was for Leeds’s restaurants, pubs and bars - which almost 82 per cent said were very good or good, in one of the most positive response rates seen in our survey results.

Coun Judith Blake, Leeds City Council leader, said: “These results are especially significant because this represents the voice of the people of Leeds. To have their endorsement for our leisure and cultural offer is testament to the vision and hard work of the many businesses, organisations and attractions who contribute so much to the continued growth of our thriving visitor economy.

“It’s particularly encouraging to see the quality of our city’s beautiful parks and impressive cultural, leisure and nightlife scenes acknowledged by the people who live here.”

Some 74 per cent of people who took part in the YEP’s survey said theatres and concerts in Leeds were good or very good, and about 64 per cent rated museums, galleries and exhibitions as good or very good.

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