Leeds was once a huge textile-manufacturing centre, although the industry that once drove the city is now virtually dead. Nonetheless, central Leeds thrives; shops pack its compact heart, with its pedestrianised streets and fine Victorian buildings and arcades.
But Leeds is not just about buying clothes. Places to show them off throng the city, while the city's nightlife is justly famous, fuelled by its large student population and club pedigree. Many bars have late licences, lending proceedings a relaxed flavour.
Facts for the traveller
Off the beaten track