Leeds, the unofficial capital of Yorkshire, is a city in the North of England. The largest city in the county of West Yorkshire it is nestled in the foothills of the Pennines. It is famous for being the birthplace of the Penny Bazaar that eventually became the Marks and Spencer brand, it is also purported to be the location where the very first moving picture was shot. As a highly accessible location, a project management course in Leeds is the ideal choice of location.
Leeds has an incredibly robust transport network that makes it easy to access from all areas of the UK. Leeds Bradford Airport is just 8 miles from the centre of the city and is served by 70 direct destinations. There is a shuttle bus into the centre and plenty of taxi companies servicing the airport. As one of the busiest railway stations in the country, Leeds by train is a very easy option; London is just over 2 hours away and Edinburgh 3. There are direct trains from most parts of the country. Getting here by car is very easy, there are some very good motorway links, the M621 is close to the centre of Leeds and give direct access to the M1, M62 and A1 linking Leeds to the rest of the UK in all directions. There is also a National Express coach station in the centre of Leeds, which again links it to the majority of the other big cities in the UK.
Most project management courses can last several days, so local accommodation is important. Leeds has a good choice of quality hotels to choose from.
The Met Hotel, King St, Leeds LS1 2HQ
The Met Hotel in the centre of Leeds is a stunning grade II listed building with a beautiful terracotta façade. It is well placed for local transport links so there is no need to travel here by car. If, however, that is the most convenient option, then there is suitable onsite parking, although this is payable. The hotel has all of the modern conveniences you would expect with free WIFI throughout and a business centre for those people who may wish to stay in touch with the office. There are also onsite conference facilities which would be ideal for conducting a project management training course.
Another city centre hotel, the Park Plaza, can be found just opposite Leeds train station and is just a 30 journey away from the airport. It is a thoroughly modern hotel offering a great base in the heart of the city. Due to its city centre location, the hotel has no car park of its own but can offer discounted spaces to guests in the nearby Q Park. There is free WIFI in the hotel, and as well as all of the amenities you would expect, the hotel also boasts a well-equipped fitness room, perfect for those people who like a quick workout even when they are away from home.
Weetwood Hall Estate, Otley Rd, Weetwood, Leeds LS16 5PS
If you prefer to be a little distance from the city centre, then the Weetwood Hall Estate Hotel is a great option. Set in its own extensive grounds, the hotel offers a range of different types of well-thought-out rooms. There are a range of different dining options, and because of the hotel’s location, it also benefits from free parking. The hotel offers a business centre with internet access and is well equipped with both training and conference facilities.
All of the hotels we have mentioned have large meeting room facilities, the Weetwood Hall Estate is particularly suitable as a venue for a training course in Leeds. However, some people prefer to do their training away from their hotel. There are plenty of meeting rooms available in Leeds.
Regus offer a range of options for meeting room hire in city-centre locations and in the suburbs. With six different locations listed for Leeds and the outskirts, this is the perfect solution for your project management training course requirements. All of the Regus venues are well equipped and contemporary, offering all of the facilities needed to make sure that your training is a success.
Another company which specialises in meeting rooms, Meetingo have six meeting rooms in and around the city centre and a further one a short drive away in Shipley. Floors 15 -18 of The Pinnacle, Albion Street in the centre of the city, for example, offer fully equipped meeting rooms with all of the facilities you would need for a project management course. They are conveniently situated for local transport links.
Things to do in Leeds
Because most project management training sessions last a couple of days, then you will probably want to find a way to occupy your evenings if you are on a course in Leeds.
When it comes to restaurants, you will be spoilt for choice in the centre of Leeds. There is a wide variety of different cuisines to choose from and everything from smaller family-run restaurants to the larger chain ones.
If, however, you are looking for something a little special, then Leeds is where you will find “The Man Behind the Curtain,” on Vicar Lane LS1 7JH. This is the only Michelin star restaurant that you will find in Leeds. It was first awarded its star in 2015. Described by the Michelin Guide Judges as “unconventional” the restaurant has a quirky style with offerings simply appearing from the kitchen rather than any menu being offered. This really is a sit back, relax and enjoy dining environment. There is no shortage of Michelin Plate and Bib Gourmand restaurants in Leeds as well offering some stunning dishes showcasing fantastic local ingredients.
The nightlife of Leeds is something that draws many people to the city, and it really isn’t hard to see why. If you are attending a course in Leeds there is something on every night and plenty of variety to choose from. From craft ale houses to small jazz bars, theatres to nightclubs, Leeds has something for everyone.
The First Direct Arena is relatively new to Leeds but has already been a showcase of live music acts. They have a full and diverse programme of different events throughout the year, so it is certainly worth checking out the schedule. The Riley Theatre at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance offers something a little different with a packed annual programme as well.
Pryzm on Woodhouse Lane is perhaps the most famous nightclub in Leeds, or for something completely different, why not head over to Tick Tock Unlock? This is a very new venue featuring an eclectic mix of escape games, game shows and immersive theatre.