About Leeds

Leeds is Yorkshire’s largest city and a fantastic place for our audiences and competitors alike to visit. We have included some of what we feel are the highlights of our City which we hope will guide you in getting the most out of your visit to Leeds.


Things to do

Leeds has a strong cultural offering and is home to some of the country’s most renowned arts organisations to include Opera North, Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance. It is also home to Leeds College of Music, one of only 6 specialist music conservatoires in the UK. The city also plays host to a number of major festivals and cultural events, including Leeds Festival, Leeds International Film Festival, and Leeds International Concert Season – the largest local authority music programme in the UK (and of course not to mention Leeds International Piano Competition!) Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Museum and The Royal Armouries are all local to the city centre and free to visit.

We are fortunate to have beautiful countryside nearby with attractions such as Harewood House, Roundhay Park and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park well worth the short journey out of the city.

You can find further information about what is happening in Leeds via the below links. Should you have any questions about your visit or need any assistance please do not hesitate to get in touch.





Getting here

Leeds is easily accessible from all areas of the UK and Internationally.

Leeds Bradford International Airport is located just a few miles from the City Centre with regular bus and taxi links available.

Leeds Train Station is a busy interchange with regular train services to all areas of the UK.

You can find all details of Bus services around and into the city centre here.

Where to stay

The University of Leeds has year-round accommodation at Storm Jameson Court which is available to guests from just £44 per room per night. Ideally loacted just a short walk from Leeds City Center this accommodation is perfect for a short break in Yorkshire’s most vibrant city. You can find out more here.

Where to park

Parking on campus is extremely limited so we advise visitors to use the car park on Woodhouse Lane located a short walk from the University campus. Full information about this facility can be found here.

Eating Out

Leeds offers a fantastic variety in its restaurants and bars with something for everyone. We have included some of our favourites below and will be posting special deals nearer to the time of the competition so do check back.

Arts Café has built a reputation on offering exceptionally high quality and interesting cuisine in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Café combines award-winning design and food for the perfect city-centre dining experience

Kendells Bistro is a casual informal place to dine with the main focus on quality of food, wine and service within a French bistro atmosphere.

Browns conveniently located near to Leeds Town Hall offers a varied menu.