When to fly
Offering events and entertainment all year round, it's best to coordinate your flight to Leeds in line with what interests you. For avid music fans, Leeds is a name synonymous with the contemporary rock and indie scene thanks to the internationally renowned music festival, which annually welcomes thousands of revellers during the bank holiday weekend in August. With previous headline acts including Biffy Clyro, Kings of Leon and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, it's easy to see why this is a city that strikes the right chord with music lovers everywhere.
During the winter months between January and February, Millennium Square is transformed into a public ice rink where people can try their hand at freestyle skating. If you are flying to Leeds during that time, you will experience a taste of European festivity as the Square welcomes the German Christmas market stalls, specialising in traditional delicacies such as Glühwein (mulled wine) and Bratwurst (German sausage).
Striking an attractive balance between historic charm and modern flare, Leeds is one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom, with an impressive reputation to boot. On a flight to Leeds, shopaholics find a haven of vintage boutiques awaiting them in the Victorian Corn Exchange building, whilst those with an eye for detail will marvel at the Baroque-style Town Hall that dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. Millennium Square serves as a large public meeting place for locals and tourists to meet and enjoy the seasonal entertainment on offer. Cool off in the summer heat (if you're lucky) by paddling in the water fountains or enjoy the friendly atmosphere whilst watching televised sporting events upon a large screen. Venture a little outside the city centre for the Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall. Favourably known as the Hampton Palace of the North, Temple Newsam is a wonderful example of a Tudor-Jacobean country mansion. At the Edwardian country estate Lotherton Hall visitors can enjoy a walk around the stunning gardens or a trip to the Bird Garden, home to over 200 species of our little feathered friends.
Leeds has a mild climate and is at its warmest between the months of June and September. Winters (December to February) are cool and cloudy with occasional snowfall. Getting downtown from the airportOffering visitors a competent network of rail and bus travel, once your flight arrives at Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA), it is simple to navigate your way to the city centre. For those that like to organise their trip down to the last minute there is the useful option of pre-booking coach travel from the airport to the city, but with buses running from sunrise to sunset your travel is always in safe hands.
Getting around Leeds
Once you have arrived in the city, you will find a variety of sights and things to do right at your fingertips. With most of Leeds' top attractions within walking distance of the city centre or a short taxi ride away it's simple to get around.