By Leslie Schipper
Leeds
United Kingdom
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The magnificent landscape combined with the centuries of history makes traveling to Leeds, Yorkshire a must on a vacation to England.  The largest county in the United Kingdom, Yorkshire is divided into four separate counties: South, West, North and East Riding, with the city of Leeds located on the West edge. EscapeWizard.com invites you to explore the arts, culture, and unique attractions in the city that acts as the gateway to Yorkshire region. 

There are two major airports located in Yorkshire, Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA) and Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield (DSA).  Leeds Bradford Airport is the larger of the two and located in Yeadon, West Yorkshire, 7 miles northwest of Leeds, Yorkshire's largest city.  Robin Hood Airport is located in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire.  The airport lies about 45 minutes from Leeds.  EscapeWizard.com makes searching for flights a breeze by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). After securing your flights, let EscapeWizard.com help find you accommodation by searching here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). With just a few clicks you'll be on your way!

Nicknamed, "Gods Own Country" Yorkshire covers a distance of over 6000 square miles and Leeds is the counties largest city.  EscapeWizard.com suggests finding your bearings by walking around the city centre were you will come across serene and beautifully landscaped gardens, historical houses and estates, local boutiques and international designer labels, and even a Casino!    

Leeds is absolutely rich with history.  EscapeWizard.com recommends exploring the The Royal Armouries Museum that will bring you back to medieval times with a collection of over 75,000 objects from all over the world.  Arms and armor treasures from India, Japan, Europe and the Ottoman Empire and hands on history interactive will keep you busy for hours as you dive into the action of early medieval knights to the modern day soldier.

Another museum worth visiting is the Abby House Museum located just three miles out of the city centre.   The houses and streets were recreated to show visitors what life was like in Victorian Leeds in 1880. Visit Stephen Harding Gate, a modern high street, for some shopping or check out the Hark to Rover Inn, a recreated model of a Victorian drinking house. Adjacent to the museum is Kirkstall Abbey, one of Britains best preserved abbeys founded in 1152 by Cistercian monks.  Set in beautiful parkland along the banks of River Aire, the abbey showcases historic architecture amongst a sanctuary of greenery and wildlife.

Leeds is also home to one of the most admired historic houses, Temple Newsam House and Farm. The house presents a regular program of exhibitions with collections of fine and decorative arts.  Explore the Tudor-Jacobean mansion on your own or take a guided tour through the cellars, underground passages, and servant quarters.   Don't miss checking out the farm situated on the 1500 acre property which is home to hundreds of pigs, cattle, sheep goats, and poultry.   

After a long day of exploring, Leeds will tempt you with its array of restaurants guaranteed to satisfy a foodies appetite.  With over 100 restaurants in the city centre, dining options are limitless with options ranging from Japanese to Mexican, and Thai to British.  You'll want to save some room for an after dinner drink as Leeds has a range of old-fashion pubs and sophisticated bars to check out.  

If you're looking for a more relaxed evening out, EscapeWizard.com suggests taking in a show at the Leeds Grand Theatre. Boasting a line up with everything from Opera and ballet, to musicals and comedies, the theatre has been keeping the people of Leeds entertained since it opened in 1878.The more contemporary Howard Assembly Room, located in the heart of Leeds, offers more cultural talent and brings not only musicians and performers, but writers, speakers, and film as well. 

Easy to explore and full of fantastic diverse attractions, the city of Leeds is equal parts history and contemporary to guarantee a fabulous vacation.
Hotels in Leeds
By Elizabeth Quevedo
Hilton Leeds
Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4BX, United Kingdom
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When in Leeds, there’s no better place to stay than the recently renovated Hilton Leeds City Hotel. Perfect for business and leisure travelers alike, the property boasts a central and convenient location. 25 minutes from the Leeds Bradford International Airport, the hotel is very close to the Leeds Central railway station and near the M62. From the hotel, you can walk to nearby restaurants, bars and shops”including the premium Trinity Leeds shopping center. Check-in starts at 3 p.m., but for early arrivals, luggage hold is provided. The multi-lingual staff will gladly assist you with any needs or concerns, and foreign currency exchange is offered. Self parking is available for a daily fee.

Once you enter your sophisticated, modern room, you can relax in comfort. Choose a Hilton Guest or upgraded Deluxe Room, or a more lavish Suite. Hilton Guest and Deluxe Rooms come with one Double or two Twin beds, and Suites can be booked with one Double or one King, and also include a Double Sofa Bed. In every room, you’ll find a plasma TV, an iron and a hairdryer. Deluxe Rooms and Suites offer additional amenities, such as bath robes and slippers. Hilton HHonors Gold and Diamond members enjoy complimentary in-room Internet access, and other guests may pay a fee or take advantage of the free Wi-Fi in public areas.

The hotel also offers many amenities outside your room. A well-equipped business center is on hand for guests who need to fax, scan, print or access the Internet, and meeting rooms may be reserved. In your down time, enjoy the deluxe LivingWell Health Club, which includes a heated pool, sauna, top-notch fitness center, and spa. When you want to eat, several options are located within the hotel. Have coffee or tea at the cafe, enjoy a drink or light snack at the bar, or dine at the modern restaurant. If you prefer having meals in your room, 24-hour room service is offered. 

Check-out is until 12 p.m. Some room rates include breakfast, so make sure to indulge before heading off. Don’t delay any longer”book your stay today with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Leeds
By Jessica Howell
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Located on Granary Wharf between Liverpool Canal and the Leeds Railway Station, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre hotel is the ideal venue for your next business meeting or special event.  Roof-top meeting rooms and event spaces with panoramic city views will impress business associates, close friends and family alike.  This unique hotel is not only prepared to make your next event a smashing sensation, but friendly staff on ready and waiting to pamper you with superb service and deluxe amenities.  EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City Centre. 

Check in at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre hotel is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon.  Many guests of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre hotel choose this facility because of the state-of-the-art technological and business related amenities, as well as spacious meeting rooms offering stunning views of the city.  Technological amenities include in-room iMac TVs and computers and complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms.  If you are looking for the perfect venue for your next business meeting or special occasion, then contact the hotel to book the dazzling mezzanine and rooftop level meeting spaces. 

The highlights of this hotel are not limited to the meeting rooms and business features.  All rooms are outfitted with deluxe beds for your sleeping pleasure, walk-in showers, mist-free mirrors, and floor to ceiling windows for taking in those spectacular city views.  You can also enjoy gourmet burgers and other delicious meals at Max & Erma’s restaurant or work out in the hotel’s fitness center.  No matter what you need, you can find it at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre hotel.

EscapeWizard.com insists that you book your stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre hotel.  EscapeWizard.com would be happy to assist with your booking.  Click on the following link to reserve your room or meeting space today:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).