- Posted by Johanna
- On 20th March 2017
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Here are some interesting little facts and statistics about Leeds you maybe didn’t know. They are going to make you fall in love with this city even more and make it clear why Leeds is definitely the best place to live in the UK. Enjoy these facts and don’t forget to amaze your friends with your Leeds knowledge!
1. Leeds was just named the best place for culture in the UK. That is not surprising, since we have our own opera, ballet and theatre companies as well as a sculpture park and big festivals.
2. This one is going to make you happy: Leeds is one of the cheapest university towns in the UK for pints of beer! According to a survey carried out by Digital Loft, the average cost of a pint in the UK is £3. Leeds came second, with an average cost of a pint at £2.50. The joint first place was taken by Hull and Coventry.
3. Leeds is home to the most Northern vineyard in England. Hard to imagine them actually making wine in this climate, but it’s true. The vineyard is located in the village of Levanthorpe. On a low-altitude, South facing site, they grow their grapes and then use them to make wine just a few yards away.
4. You may have already visited a concert in the First Direct Arena, but did you know that it was designed so that every seat has a perfect line of sight to the stage? Pretty good for a 13,500-capacity arena.
5. Another fact that is quite hard to imagine right now: the summer climate in Leeds is one of the driest across all of the UK’s big cities. Not sure if the “driest in the UK” is much of a promise, but guess we can only wait and see.
6. Leeds is practically famous for having a ridiculous number of Greggs in a small surface area, and it’s so popular there’s even a ‘Gregg’s Otley Run’. Because who wouldn’t want to eat 13 plus Greggs in a row?
7. Over 100,000 people use Leeds Train Station every single day. That means 900 trains a day and makes it by far the busiest UK train station outside of London.
8. The last gas lit cinema of the UK is in Leeds. This is of course the Hyde Park Picture House. This historic building still has many of its original features like the external ticket booth, a barrel-vaulted ceiling and ornate balcony.
9. There are over 1,000 shops in the city centre and over five miles of shopping streets. This is at the same time amazing and also quite dangerous for the student budget most of us have.
10. And last but not least: the happiest people in the UK live in Yorkshire, and we can only assume that the happiest people in Yorkshire live in Leeds. What a place to be!