A growing reputation for sporting excellence
Just half an hour from the rural idyll of the Dales, Leeds makes a lively base from which to combine a break in town and country. It's a rapidly growing city with a bustling and diverse centre, with plenty of its own historic sites and vast parklands to explore.
This is a city in love with sport. The University is home to the state of the art Brownlee Centre, an elite triathlon training centre named after Leeds alumni and medal-winning Olympians Alistair and Jonny Brownlee. Leeds was also the scene of the Grand Depart of the 2014 edition of the Tour de France.
Leeds is also home to Roundhay Park, one of the biggest city parks in Europe. It boasts over 700 acres of parkland, lakes, woodland and award-winning gardens. The nearby parklands and historic sites of Temple Newsham, Kirkstall Abbey, and Harewood house also provide beautiful getaways in the city and plenty to explore by foot.
Yeadon Tarn offers plenty of watersports activities, with organised sailing, canoeing, kayaking and more for all abilities.
Leeds has a packed calendar of competitive events with everything from casual fun runs for the family to professional championships. The legacy of the Grand Depart has inspired the development of world class cycling facilities in Leeds and it will almost certainly play a major part in the World Road Cycling Championships to be hosted by Yorkshire in 2019.