History & Culture
The City of Leeds, in the Yorkshire and Humber County, West Yorkshire, is recognized as the regional and business capital of Yorkshire and the Humber, one of the largest economic regions in the country and one of the fastest growing economies in the UK; it is the largest financial center in the UK after London.
The first mention of the city appears during the Anglo-Saxon period in the Ecclesiastical History of the English People
by the Venerable Bede, a famous historian monk. During the medieval period the city developed a robust cloth trade, which continued through the Industrial Revolution with mills for wool, flax and white broadcloth, but expanded to iron forges and printing presses. Several arcades from the Victorian Era dot the city and are home to well-known clothing companies and boutiques.
The cultural, historical and architectural heritage of Leeds is well represented by a host of museums, stately homes and gardens, music and film festivals, and arts organizations. There are excellent sporting facilities in Leeds, which is known internationally for its cricket and rugby teams; Wetherby Racecourse holds several horse races throughout the year. Due to the success of the 2014 Tour de France stage in North Yorkshire, a three-day road cycling event, the Tour de Yorkshire, has been held annually.
- City Founded in: 1207
- Population: 781,000
- Language: English
- Lord Mayor: Jane Dowson; Leader of the City Council: Judith Blake
- New Year’s Day (January 1st)
- Good Friday – Easter Sunday – Easter Monday
- May Day (in 2018 – May 7th)
- Spring Bank Holiday (in 2018 - May 28th)
- Summer Bank Holiday (in 2018 - August 27th)
- Bonfire Night (November 5th)
- Remembrance Day (November 11th)
- Christmas Day (December 25th)
- Boxing Day (December 26th)