What you should know before hiring a car in Leeds
|Leeds city centre|
|Leeds-Bradford Airport (LBA): 6 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Leeds: practical information
Where to rent a car in Leeds
Looking for a destination that pairs great shopping with excellent sights? Leeds is your place and if you want to take full advantage of the city, then a cheap car hire is the way to go. If you are arriving by plane, then the best place to pick up your rental is from the airport. You will find a number of international car hire companies represented there, including Avis, Hertz and Europcar.
Alternatively you can reserve cheap car rentals in the city centre of Leeds. It's always worth comparing the car hire offers since you can sometimes find better deals from agencies in the city rather than at the airport.
Driving in Leeds: parking and other tips
Leeds is right smack dab in the middle of England. It's half way between Edinburgh and London and halfway between Liverpool and Hull. Leeds has a few park and ride programs but it's not much of a hassle to drive right into the city. Once in the city centre, take advantage of a car park and explore the city on foot.
The M1 passes just 2 miles from Leeds. Explore the English Heritage sights nearby, cruise through the countryside and up to the famous Lake District, stopping at the charming and classic British towns along the way during your holiday in Leeds.
Road trips from Leeds: what to do, what to see
Saltaire Village has been a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. It's a small mill town which offers free access to practically all of the city's sights. It's a working monument, its architecture is lovely and its history rich. This is an ideal location to bring kids. Art admirers will be interested to know that the Mill has quite the collection of David Hockney art.
Todmorden, a small Victorian city, less than an hour's drive away. It's a great city to explore, especially if the weather is nice. Challenge the locals to a game of cricket, hike the Pennine Way or make your way along the Pennine Bridleway on horseback. Make a day trip out of it by visiting nearby Hebden Bridge as well.
Harrogate, in North Yorkshire, makes an ideal day trip out of Leeds. It's home to the famous Betty's tea rooms (even the Queen goes here for a cup of tea) and Harrogate spa water. Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, you can bet that the city's amenities are excellent. There are great hotels, restaurants and plenty of cafes as well.