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Britannia Turnbulls’ Guide to Leeds

The Britannia Movers network operates in a regional manner so that removal companies affiliated with the Britannia franchise don’t overlap and compete against each other. So while there are other Britannia companies that operate in Leeds, no other Britannia removal company covers a larger area of West Yorkshire’s biggest city than Britannia Turnbull’s. And since it is 150 years since Turnbull’s established as a removal company in Leeds, it seems a great time to tell you more about our hometown.

Why Leeds?

Since Turnbull’s first removal in 1867, the population of Leeds has seen a growth from just over 300,000 to over 750,000 people. In recent years this is largely down to the fact that Leeds has seen the fastest growth rate in private sector jobs of any other city in the United Kingdom. This is mainly down to Leeds being the largest centre for financial and business services outside of London, with further growth forecast. Leeds is also seen as a key centre for retail, construction and digital industry.

Eat, Drink, Shop

The flipside to the booming economy in Leeds is the vibrant social scene. With a vibrant shopping scene already in place around Briggate and The Headrow as well as The White Rose Shopping Centre outside of central Leeds, recent years have seen further growth. In 2013 the shopping and leisure complex called Trinity Leeds opened in the heart of the city providing a hub for shoppers, eaters and drinkers. This extended further in 2016 with the Victoria Gate Shopping Centre opening its doors including the largest John Lewis store outside of London.

The city’s nightlife is seen as one of the best in the UK with a large selection of the country’s best-known restaurants, bars and nightclubs to choose from.


Leeds was voted the best University city in the UK by a survey done by the Independent newspaper in 2011. The city has three main Universities: the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University (formally Leeds Metropolitan University) both of which based fairly centrally, then Leeds Trinity University which is based in Horsforth.

The suburb of Headingley makes up most of the student community of the city which the Beckett’s campus based there as well as a huge area of student housing.


Leeds is widely seen as one of the most car dependent cities in the UK with a 2012 study of European cities putting the Leeds-Bradford area as the seventh most grid-locked. Unlike its neighbours Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle, Leeds doesn’t have a rapid transport system which forces commuters to take to the roads either by car or bus.

Leeds is well-linked via the railway network with multiple local stations connecting with Leeds railway station which is one of the busiest in the country with over 50,000 passengers going through every day.

The Leeds Bradford International Airport is also based within the Leeds boundaries in Yeadon and provides internal flights as well as connecting Leeds to Europe and further afield.

Where to Live in Leeds

Popular website the Leeds-List called upon local estate agent Linley & Simpson to suggest the best places to live in Leeds under three categories.

Most Popular – Horsforth, Chapel Allerton, Roundhay, Leeds Waterfront, Headingley & Alwoodley.

Unsung Areas – Oakwood, The Northern Quarter, Rodley & Calverley & Meanwood.

Ones To Watch – Holbeck, Kirkstall and Armley.


Tripadvisor listed the following as the top 10 attractions in Leeds for 2017:

1 – Royal Armouries Museum

2 – Roundhay Park

3 – Temple Newsam

4 – Kirkstall Abbey (including Abbey House Museum)

5 – Thackray Medical Museum

6 – Golden Acre Park

7 – Trinity Leeds

8 – Tropical World

9 – First Direct Arena

10 – Harewood House


Leeds is a well-known sporting city being represented by teams across all major English sports. Football is the most popular sport in the city with former English Champions and now second tier side Leeds United, who were formed in 1919, playing at Elland Road stadium in Beeston.

Rugby League is well supported in the city  with numerous teams in the area – the most successful being the Leeds Rhinos who are multiple world and domestic champions. The Rhinos are based at Headingley Stadium and ground share with Rugby Union side Yorkshire Carnegie. The adjoining Headingley Cricket Ground is home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club who are the most successful cricket team in England. Headingley Cricket Ground also plays host to England test matches and one day internationals.

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