• Hayley Bessell

Eurovision host city profile for Aussies: Leeds




The basics:


Arena name: First Direct Arena

Arena capacity: 13,780

Nearest airport: Leeds Bradfield Airport - about 30 minutes to Leeds city on the bus

Total hotels: 64 (according to hotelmap.com)


Major events they have held:


The Leeds Festival


Where could village be?

Millennium Square


Millennium Square

Public transport including getting to the arena:


While it is centrally located and walkable, there are three bus stops in close proximity to the venue.

How to fly there from Australia:


All flights from Australia to Leeds are done in a minimum of two stops. This includes Singapore/KLM (via Singapore and Amsterdam), Etihad/Aer Lingus (via Dubai and Dublin).


How to get there from London:


Alternatively, you can fly into London and catch a direct train from Kings Cross Station which take around 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Top things to do or see:


Kirkstall Abbey

1. The Royal Armouries Museum even has its own crossbow range.


2. Temple Newsam is a country house with gardens and parklands with farm.


3. Kirkstall Abbey is the ruins of a medieval abbey.


4. Harewood House is a Georgian styled house with sprawling gardens.


5. Yorkshire countryside - do a tour or hire a car and get out and explore the stunning and very famous Yorkshire Dales.


And finally, does Leeds have one of the famous Australian themed bars the Walkabout?


Yes, and it's located on the edge of the city centre!


Walkabout Leeds

Would you like to see Leeds host Eurovision 2023?

  • Yes, it's my first choice!

  • Yes, they aren't my first choice but I'd be happy with it

  • Not sure

  • No, not for me


Check out the profiles on each host city below:


Birmingham

Glasgow

Liverpool

Manchester

Newcastle

Sheffield