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Leeds is located in the region of West Yorkshire and is the center of cultural, commercial and financial activities in the region. Leeds is also great destination for those seeking vibrant nightlife, as the city has lots of great clubs, bars and pubs. Leeds is regularly visited by youngsters and the city is the home of one of the biggest universities in the UK. There are plenty of concert venues in the city and Leeds is the place of a very popular guitar festival called Leeds Music Festival held every summer.
Leeds is a very nice city to visit in every month of the year, but the summer months offer the best weather. Winters are usually cold and snowy, while October and November are the rainiest months. Spring months are usually pleasantly warm with occasional rain showers.
Leeds is a great place for going on walking tours. In the area around Leeds there are over hundred kilometers of circular walking paths. Bikers will love the West Yorkshire Cycle circular route which stretches to almost 250 kilometers. Golfers can enjoy in one of the four golf courses around city of Leeds – Gotts Park, Middleton Park, Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam. Golf lovers will be impressed with the Moortown Golf Club which was the host of The Ryder Cup back in 1929.
Leeds offers lots of shopping opportunities. From large retailers to smaller boutiques and designer stores - you have wide variety of options. There are over four kilometers of traffic-free streets in Leeds where you can choose between thousands of different stores. Leeds has a very compact city centre and the city is best explored on foot. If you want to get a real feel of city`s history with all the interesting details and anecdotes, you can hire an experienced local guide from the tourist bureau. Some tours which you can take in the city include taking a tour on M&S Heritage Trail. Tour starts on the place where the company had started its activities over 130 years ago and it involves lots of interesting things for you to see and experience. Football lovers and enthusiasts should not miss a guided tour of the Leeds United FC Stadium and museum, where you can learn about LUFC history and visit club`s international board, director box, dressing rooms and the football pitch.
From Leeds you can go on many interesting excursions to nearby places. Visit the Harewood House built in Georgian style, dating back from the 18th century. It is about ten kilometers away from Leeds and it houses art galleries, over hundred acres of fantastic gardens, a bird garden with flamingos, penguins and owls, and the Yorkshire Planetarium. Harewood House also features ornate fireplaces, large family portraits, interesting furniture and attractive rooms. Leventhorpe Vineyard is another great place to visit. It was established three decades ago and it spreads on large land of five acres. It is open daily and there you can sample some great white and red wines. Yorkshire Sculpture Park is also attractive park to see with interesting art dating from the 18th century.
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