Leeds is a thriving and passionate city which is rich in culture and heritage. By day, it is a prosperous and fast paced commercial centre with a diverse range of employment opportunities across many sectors and by night it boasts an enviable choice of bars, restaurants, clubs and theatres.

It is the only city outside London with resident opera and ballet companies in Opera North and Northern Ballet and also boasts the new City Museum, The Royal Armouries, the Grand Theatre and the City Varieties.

A state of the art 80m arena is currently being built and plans are being finalised for a 400m city college which will be built in the heart of the city. Two major hospitals, including St James' and two world class universities ensure that the spirit of learning and development is at the heart of Leeds future.

Many accolades have been awarded to Leeds over the years including the following:

image of famous tall Leeds building

One of Europe's Top City's for business

Cushman and Wakefield European City Monitor 2007

Leeds: the UK's most important legal centre outside London

UK Legal 500

Leeds: one of the UK's top cities for restaurants.

Which? Good Food Guide

Leeds: More public green space per child than any other city in the UK.

The Children's Society 2008

Useful Websites

For more detail, statistics and demographics, visit the Leeds City Council web site.

Life in Leeds

This is normally where you'd hear words like vibrant, dynamic and fast-paced. But no superlatives or adjectives can really do Leeds justice.

By day, the city is a leading European business centre, with thriving financial, legal and media industries. For shopping, the dome of the Corn Exchange covers quirky, independent stores, the Victoria Quarters elegant arcades are lined with designer boutiques and the towering Edwardian facade of Kirkgate Market is home to the largest undercover market in the country.

By night, Leeds comes alive with restaurants, including two Michelin-starred, and cafes/bars catering to every taste. 29 nightclubs play everything from mainstream tunes to the most underground sounds. And Opera North, Northern Ballet and the West Yorkshire Playhouse ensure culture vultures are looked after when the international festivals arena in town.

But don't just take our word for it. Leeds boasts a trophy cabinet crammed full of awards and accolades, including the Best Place in Britain to Live, Britains best city for business and the UK's best city for nightlife.