Leeds Bradford International Airport serves the cities of Leeds and Bradford, both located in the Yorkshire and Humber region of England. This airport is apparently the 16th busiest airport in the UK. It serves as a base for Jet2.com, Monarch Airlines and the low-budget Irish carrier Ryanair. There are no direct flights to Leeds Bradford International Airport from New Zealand. Visitors would need to stopover at popular major cities such as Amsterdam, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Dubai and Hong Kong. There are numerous pubs, cafes and snack bars at the airport including a restaurant serving traditional Yorkshire favourites and local beers.
What to See & Do
York is an ancient cathedral city with a rich history dating as far back to before the times of the Romans. Visitors would be able to enjoy the sight of masterfully preserved historical buildings and structures in this county. York is a relatively small county and it takes a couple of days to see the major sights and charms of this city. Known as the City of Festivals, York hosts many cultural festivals every year such as the Viking Festival, Festival of Angels and the Food and Drink Festival. It is also a good city to visit for couples who want a romantic weekend break.
Explore the York Minster which is the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe. This towering building dominates the skyline and has a long history dating back to the 8th century. This is a must-visit in the city. Be sure to stay for the Evensong service if you can! The Clifford’s Tower is also another building that you must visit for a fantastic panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside. Spend the day walking around the city walls. One of the best vantage points for this medieval city of York is from the ramparts of its medieval city walls.
For those who enjoy being ghostbusters, go on a ghost walk that runs throughout the year during the evenings. Get scared by exploring old buildings and streets that will leave you scared and paranoid once you get home. The York Dungeon is an entertaining attraction but definitely not for the faint hearted.
If you have time, be sure to visit the York Maze which is apparently the largest maize maze in the world. This attraction may take the entire day and is especially fascinating to children of all ages. There are also other activities available such as the mini-maze for children and games such as the Crazy Mazey Golf. However, this attraction is only open during the summer months.
There are several transport options to get from the Leeds Bradford Airport into York. Taxis provide the most convenient, albeit expensive, way to reach your destination. Airport coaches operated by First Bus run directly from the terminal to York's city center, while car hire is available at the airport for those who prefer to drive themselves. The A6120 ring road connects to the A64 road east of the airport, making it easy to navigate to York.
Within the city, it is best to explore the attractions on foot or on a bus. Most of the sights are only a short walk away from each other. The city center is small enough to walk from one side to the other within 20 minutes. Alternatively, visitors can take the bus services although it is not cheap. It is highly recommended not to drive within the city because the parking fees are high and the traffic is terrible.