So when Lonely Planet named Leeds as one of Europe’s top 5 destinations in the Best of Europe 2017 list, this gives this cosmopolitan city some additional kudos. This accolade is thanks to its transformation over the past ten years, with the city regeneration accompanied by a flourishing cultural scene, growing food and craft beer reputation and thriving entertainment and nightlife.

With theatres, galleries, museums and more finding inspiration in Leeds comes easy. Film fans can enjoy the classic cinema experience in the historic Hyde Park Picture House or Cottage Road Cinema. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the UK’s leading open air gallery, is in neighbouring Wakefield and the perfect way to spend an afternoon for lovers of the outdoors and art.

With more than 80 festivals every year, Leeds is the festival city. Leeds Festival is one of the UK’s best music festivals to party with global artists. Then there’s nothing quite like the Leeds West Indian Carnival for soaking up that that warm and spirited festival atmosphere. And Millennium Square regularly comes to life with an exciting range of events including Opera North performances, outdoor cinema screenings, free music, street food and the spectacular Leeds Pride parade stage.

Not only is the shopping in Leeds some of the best in the country, it’s arguably the most beautiful too. Ornate arcades house quirky independent shops which you can spend hours discovering.

Food lovers can be in their happy place. Leeds is jam packed full of eateries with menus spanning the globe. With Leeds being such a multi-cultural city, you can enjoy food from around the world. More of a cocktail connoisseur? Enjoy your potion of choice with a spectacular view in the sunshine at one of the rooftop bars. (Yeah, it can be sunny in Leeds!). Be sure to seek out the quirky independents and craft ale houses for a pint from Leeds own Brewery.

Only 2 hours by train from London, an hour from Manchester and 90 minutes from Newcastle, Leeds is easy to get to and easy to enjoy.