New Homes in Leeds
Welcome to Leeds
Whether you’re shopping at independent boutiques, exploring museums or taking a trip to the countryside, there’s something for everyone near to your new home in Leeds. If you’re looking to live in a vibrant city right at the heart of Yorkshire, Leeds could be the right choice for you and your family.
A quick history
Starting as a village in Saxon times, Leeds grew slowly but steadily over the centuries that followed, with a new town established in the early 1200s. By medieval times Leeds was thriving, with a successful agricultural and wool making industry and a weekly market.
Leeds grew quickly in the 16th and 17th centuries, and became a more important and wealthy town. Wool making was still the main industry, but pottery, brick-making and other crafts were also booming. The canal connecting Leeds with Liverpool opened in 1816 for trade and transportation, while the railway to Selby was opened in 1834. During World War II, many buildings were destroyed by German bombers, and a number of people lost their lives.
Business and industry
Leeds has long been an exciting business hub, from the opening of the first Marks and Spencer store in 1884, to modern day employers spanning industries including retail, banking and travel. Some of the biggest businesses in and around the city today include Leeds City Council, Asda, Jet2.com, The Yorkshire Bank, Tetley’s Brewery and Sky Betting & Gaming.
Things to do in the area
Leeds is home to a number of historic sites and attractions, from the Royal Armouries Museum to Temple Newsam, Kirkstall Abbey and Thackray Medical Museum. If you want to go shopping, there are lots of independent, high street and designer stores in the city centre, including at Trinity Leeds, Victoria Leeds, Kirkgate Market and the Corn Exchange.
For a breath of fresh air, you can take a walk through Roundhay Park or Golden Acre Park, practice your swing at Leeds Golf Centre, or go hiking in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Other places of interest in the city include Tropical World, the Grand Theatre and Leeds Art Gallery, while sports fans can cheer on their favourite teams at Headingley Cricket Ground and Leeds United FC Stadium.
Travel and commuting
From the daily commute to weekend trips across the country, it’s easy to travel to and from your new home in Leeds. The city is well-connected by road, rail and air, with the journey to York taking just 25 minutes by train and 45 minutes by car, and the trip to Manchester taking 50 minutes by train or one hour 10 minutes by car.
If you’re going to London, the fast train from Leeds to King’s Cross takes just two hours 15 minutes. And when it’s time to jet off on holiday, Leeds Bradford Airport is only a 30 minute drive northwest of the city centre.