LEEDS England

To learn more about how you can take part in and support this international partnership:
Please email us! Leeds Sister Cities Committee - [email protected]
Leeds Committee Chair: Peggy Baas

Sister City Relationship

In 2006, Leeds officially became Louisville’s 8th Sister City, however there has been a longstanding and valuable exchange relationship between both cities’ law schools that dates back to the 1950s. Each year professors from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville participate in faculty exchanges with law professors from the University of Leeds. These exchanges have led to joint research, seminars, and publications that take place on both sides of the ocean. The former UK Secretary of State for Defense Geoffrey Hoon is among those from Leeds who lectured at Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.
  • In 2010 an art exchange began, sponsored by the Frazier History Museum, when local photographer Michael Brohm traveled to Leeds; In Sept 2011 Leeds Photographer Jon Eland travelled to Louisville as part of the reciprocal agreement.
  • The SCL Leeds Committee is currently working with Leeds Trinity University and Bellarmine University on establishing reciprocal exchange and internship programs.
  • In Spring 2017, Kentucky Country Day and Woodhouse Grove School have just started exploring a Sister-School relationship. They began their trial twinning with a student visit to Leeds in October 2017. KCD is expecting a reciprocal visit from WGS; their trip is currently being planned.

Existing Partnerships & Links

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.

Fast Facts
  • City Founded in: 1207
  • Population: 781,000
  • Language: English
  • Lord Mayor: Jane Dowson; Leader of the City Council: Judith Blake
National Holidays
  • 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)   

Highlights/Tourist Attractions

  • Museums: Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds City Museum, National Coal Mining Museum, Leeds Industrial Museum, Thackray Medical Museum
  • Civic Sites: Leeds Town Hall & Leeds Civic Hall
  • Other interesting sites: Leeds Kirkgate Market, Leeds Corn Exchange
  • Castles & Gardens: Harlow Carr, Spofforth Castle, Nostell Priory & Parkland, Yorkshire Dales, Harewood House
Interested in visiting Leeds and North Yorkshire? These are helpful links:
  • The official tourist boards for England, Yorkshire, and Leeds all have website with useful travel and excursion information.
  • How to get there: The three easiest options are to fly to London, Dublin, or Manchester and then either get a flight connection to Leeds Bradford Airport or take the rail to Leeds. You can book rail travel via: National Rail UK for country-wide excursions, London North Eastern Railway for direct access from London to Yorkshire, or the Transpennine Express for Yorkshire and Scotland routes.
  • For low-cost flights in and around the UK and beyond, check out: Flybe and Ryanair.
  • Some blogs with good tips for traveling to England and North Yorkshire are: The Culture Map with tips on Leeds,
  • The UK has castles, stately homes, museums, gardens, ancient sites and ruins galore! English Heritage and the National Trust UK oversee many of them.
  • One of the more unique aspects of the English Isles is the “Rights of Way” and “Freedom to Roam” laws, which are public footpaths, bridleways and byways that can be used by the public at all times. All Public Footpaths are marked with signs or colored arrows. Any visitor to the UK should take advantage of this. Two great resources a re: Walks Around Britain and Walking Britain, specifically their information for Visitors Page.

To learn more about how you can take part in and support this international partnership:
Please email us! Leeds Sister Cities Committee - [email protected]