New Homes in Leeds
Live the Life
With its compact city centre, quirky shopping districts and abundance of green spaces, Leeds is a unique and exciting city to call home. So whether you love watching sports, taking the kids to the park or going to the theatre, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy just a stone’s throw from your new home in Leeds.
Things to see and do
Leeds is home to all kinds of attractions, from historic sights to child-friendly museums and everything in between. One of the most popular places to visit in the city is Royal Armouries Museum where you’ll find all kinds of artefacts and exhibits spread across five floors, including swords, crossbows and even elephant armour. Other sights in the city include Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey House Museum and Leeds City Museum.
Leeds is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the UK, with malls including the glass-roofed Trinity Leeds that is home to a whole host of shops, bars and restaurants. Briggate is the city’s pedestrianised shopping high street, and the Victoria Quarter is where you’ll find the designer shops. Kirkgate Market has an impressive 600 stalls to browse six days a week, while independent boutiques can be found at the Corn Exchange.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, you can take a walk in Roundhay Park, which is also home to a range of animal life in Tropical World. York Gate Garden, Horsforth Hall Park, and Harewood House and Gardens are also well worth a visit.
In the evenings there’s plenty to see and do in Leeds, including performances at the Grand Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and City Varieties Music Hall. Each summer, the city hosts the iconic rock music event, Leeds Festival. Sports fans can watch Leeds United F.C. play at Elland Road, and Leeds Rhinos R.L.F.C. at Headingley Stadium. Yorkshire County Cricket Club is also based at Headingley Cricket Ground.
If you’re moving to Leeds with a growing family, it’s worth knowing which schools are top-rated in the city. St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Ebor Gardens Primary Academy, Beeston Hill St Luke’s Church of England Primary School and Greenmount Primary School are all rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, as are Hillcrest Academy, Roundhay School, The Morley Academy and The Farnley Academy.
For higher education, the city is home to the University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University. Courses are also on offer at Leeds City College, Leeds College of Art, the University of Law, and Leeds College of Building.
Getting to Leeds
Leeds is very well connected to the rest of the UK by road and rail. Travelling from Manchester, the journey to Leeds takes around one hour via the M62, while the equivalent journey by train takes 50 minutes on average. Leeds is 45 minutes away from Sheffield via the M1 or 50 minutes by train, while York is around 40 minutes by car or just 25 minutes by train.
If you’re travelling to London, whether for work or leisure, the train is the fastest way to get to the capital from Leeds with a journey time of around two hours 15 minutes by train on the Virgin East Coast service. Travelling by car, the journey via the M1 would take three hours 40 minutes depending on traffic.
For international travel, Leeds Bradford Airport is a 25-minute car journey north of the city centre.