Leeds

Leeds

The UK’s second largest centre for business, legal and financial services...

first direct arena, Leeds, England

  • Leeds is the UK’s second largest centre for business, legal and financial services. Steeped in industrial history, it is today known for its strong presence in medical and healthcare, professional services, digital, manufacturing and for its four universities. Leeds’ venues and events services deliver unique and compelling event options through a city wide collaborative approach.
  • Located in the city’s heart, Leeds’s largest venue is the 2,200 sqm first direct arena, with theatre-style seating for up to 12,000 delegates. This is a world-class venue with versatile spaces and function rooms. Large conventions, exhibitions, conferences and other business events find all they need to be successful here. The arena’s “super theatre” is equipped with high quality acoustics and is configured to reduce viewing distances.
  • The Royal Armouries Museum and New Dock Hall, set on the stunningly redeveloped Leeds Waterfront is the gem in Leeds’s conference venue crown. As well as having the UK’s largest collection of arms, armour and artillery, it accommodates up to 1,500 delegates for conferences and 1,000 for banquets.
  • In the city centre, Leeds Beckett University’s Rose Bowl offers meeting rooms for up to 256 theatre-style and 600 for banquets. The university’s 4,000sqm Carnegie Pavilion is part of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club and is a first-class sporting venue, with 18 conference rooms. The prestigious Leeds City Art Gallery accommodates receptions of up to 400 guests.

Leeds City Centre at night
Leeds City Centre at night

Around 15 miles from the centre of Leeds, and easy to reach by road or rail, Harrogate Convention Centre combines heritage with contemporary, in a series of adaptable event spaces. The venue’s Royal Hall, is a lavish multi-purpose entertainment space. The conference centre’s largest room, Auditorium, is modern with superb technical facilities, it can accommodate 1,977 delegates theatre-style. 

When you visit Leeds, you quickly realise that art is a core characteristic of the city’s identity. Leeds has 24 art galleries, including Leeds College of Art, the Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore institute, where displays of international art can be seen. Leeds is also the only city in the UK, other than London, to have its own ballet company and its architectually-beautiful Grand Theatre & Opera House, which has been entertaining audiences since 1878, is widely regarded as a major milestone in Victorian theatre building.

There are 850 hotel rooms in walking distance of Leeds city centre and almost 18,000 bedrooms of all kinds in the city. The choice includes 5 star properties and ample 4 star and 3 star hotels, in addition to around 8,300 university accommodation rooms.

Leeds Bradford Airport offers flights to six UK airports, including London Heathrow and around 60 European destinations. The airport complements the city’s excellent road and rail links to Manchester, Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and other major cities.

With more than 1,000 stores, Leeds is a great place for shopping. Delegates can walk between designer stores, leading high street brands, vintage markets and stylish boutiques, within elegant Victorian and Edwardian arcades. A highlight for shoppers is the Kirkgate market, with its 600 stalls – 400 of them in a stunning building protected for its historic significance.

The city offers a huge choice of restaurants and over 300 bars. Sophisticated Michelin star restaurants, gastro pubs, feisty street food and vintage tea rooms are all found here and all serve their various expertly-prepared dishes, with a friendly and welcoming style.

 

For expert help organising your event in Leeds, contact Conference Leeds

 

The Corn Exchange
The Corn Exchange

Leeds City Museum
Leeds City Museum

Harewood House
Harewood House