It’s official – Leeds rocks. For most of you, this will come as no surprise, but it’s nice to get a little recognition.
Leeds has been hailed one of the top 10 destinations in the UK by travel review site TripAdvisor. It’s a nice little accolade for our ever-growing city, and one that means all the more, because it comes from the recommendations of the many travellers who visit our city.
We took the ninth spot on the list of top UK destinations, beating Birmingham, who came in tenth, as well as Manchester, Glasgow and Blackpool who all dropped off the list this year. There are still eight destinations ahead of us on the list, one of which is our historic neighbour York, but Leeds is definitely going up in the world.
The changes that have taken place over the last 12 months – the addition of First Direct Arena, as well as a flurry of new shop, bar and restaurant openings – and of course, the Tour de France, which is set to take place this year, have upped the stakes, in a big way.
It’s clear that Leeds is now competing on a national scale, giving other cities in the UK a run for their money and inspiring new visitors, from both the UK and abroad, to discover just what our city has to offer. Better yet, Leeds isn’t standing still. Work has now started on Victoria Gate, so by 2016, if all goes to plan, we should have a new shopping centre to rival Trinity Leeds – helping to secure our place as one of the best shopping destinations in the UK.
And as you all know, Leeds is good for more than just shopping. It offers a unique blend of culture, architecture and outdoor spaces, as well as a cracking music scene and some of the best restaurants and bars in the North. So we’re confident that our placement in the top 10 destinations in the UK is here to stay, in fact, we may even be able to claw our way up the list in the future – watch out Bristol, York, Belfast and Llandudno, even Liverpool is in our sights.
Let’s hope the TripAdvisor masses come to Leeds in the run up to the Tour de France and rate us as highly over the next year, as they did over the last.