What You Need To Know

The City of Leeds is a local government district of West Yorkshire, England, governed by Leeds City Council, with the status of a city and metropolitan borough. The metropolitan district includes the administrative centre Leeds and the ten towns of Farsley, Garforth, Guiseley, Horsforth, Morley, Otley, Pudsey, Rothwell, Wetherby and Yeadon. It is the second largest local government district in England by population behind Birmingham; it is also the second largest metropolitan district by area behind Doncaster.

Area: 213 mi²
Population: 766,339


  • The currency of england is the GBP Pound (£)
  • One pound is comprised of 100 pence and coins can be obtained in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 denominations. Bank notes are commonly divided into £5, £10, £20 and £50 amounts.
  • Using a credit card overseas can be a great convenience, but in England, as in much of Europe, credit card transactions are often accompanied by the need to enter your personal ID number, or PIN. This is standard for debit cards in the United States, but not with credit cards. Before traveling to Leeds, obtain a PIN for any credit card you plan to use. Some stores will print out a receipt for you to sign instead, but you should be prepared nonetheless. Also, check with your bank before you leave to find out if there are any fees or extra charges associated with using your credit card overseas, such as currency conversion charges.


Leeds has a climate that is oceanic, greatly influenced by the Atlantic and the Pennines. Summers are usually mild, with moderate rainfall, while winters are chilly, cloudy with occasional snow and frost. Spring and autumn are mild but snow and frost are not unheard of in either season

July is the warmest month, with a mean temperature of 16 °C (61 °F), while the coldest month is January, with a mean temperature of 3 °C (37 °F). Temperatures above 30 °C (86 °F) and below −10 °C (14 °F) are not very common but can happen occasionally. Temperatures at Leeds Bradford Airport fell to −12.6 °C (9.3 °F) in December 2010 and reached 31.8 °C (89 °F) at Leeds city centre in August 2003. The record temperature for Leeds is 34.4 °C (94 °F) during the early August 1990 heatwave.

As is typical for many sprawling cities in areas of varying topography, temperatures can change depending on location. Average July and August daytime highs exceed 25.0 °C (77.0 °F) (a value comparable to South East England) in a small area just to the south east of the city centre, where the elevation declines to under 20 metres. This is 2 degrees milder than the typical summer temperature at Leeds Bradford airport weather station (shown in the chart below), at an elevation of 208 metres.

Situated on the eastern side of the Pennines, Leeds is among the driest cities in the United Kingdom, with an annual rainfall of 660 mm (25.98 in).

Though extreme weather in Leeds is relatively rare, thunderstorms, blizzards, gale force winds and even tornadoes have struck the city. The last reported tornado occurred on 14 September 2006, causing trees to uproot and signal failures at Leeds City railway station


English is the official language.

Leeds is the most diverse city in England outside of London. There are more languages and cultures here than anywhere else.

Health and security

Since 2013 there have been many positive changes in Leeds, and the health and wellbeing of local people continues to improve. Some notable achievements so far include:

  • Leeds continues to have a strong and growing economy, and fared better than many
    of our neighbours during the recession
  • Outcomes for children and young people are good and improving
  • Potential Years of Life Lost (a measure of premature death) is decreasing, and
    decreasing at a faster rate in deprived areas of Leeds.
  • People’s level of satisfaction with the quality of services is increasing.
    This is good news, but there is a lot more to do to.
  • Leeds has the third highest burglary rate in the U.K.


  • Be prepared that Leeds city centre, especially in busiest parts – around station, Briggate, Park Row, has a lot of beggars and Big Issue sellers. It can almost feel like London at times.
  • Thefts of bags and phones in bars and clubs are on the rise. Never leave bags unattended and try to keep them securely fastened.
  • When you’re at a cash machine keep an eye on whoever is behind you. And don’t count your money in the middle of the street.


  • There are over 700 acres of park and woodland waiting at Roundhay Park, with a beautiful lake at the centre of it all. The city’s biggest park is a stunning setting for a cheap day out in Leeds where you can take a picnic and enjoy the picturesque surroundings, feed the ducks at the huge lake or just have a wander around, admiring the four stunning gardens.
  • From Egyptian mummies to Roman artefacts, Iron Age tools to Greek pottery, Leeds City Museum has four floors of incredible history that’s just waiting to be discovered. It also has a Collectors’ Gallery full of people’s weird and wonderful obsessions, as well as oodles of local history. Leeds City Museum is no doubt one of the best cheap and informative days out you’ll find in Leeds.