Leeds is the fifth-largest city in England, with an area of 552 km 2 (213 mi 2), almost two times as big as Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland! And is the largest city in Yorkshire; with Yorkshire being the largest county in England! It is the closest major city to several national parks including Yorkshire Dales National Park, Lake District National Park, and North York Moors National Park!
Sitting roughly at the same latitude to Hamburg, (Germany) and Edmonton, (Canada). The core city of Leeds boasts a population of approx. 500,000, making it the 8th highest in England, after London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham, Sheffield, Bristol, and Leicester. With metropolitan Leeds (also called West Yorkshire) including the cities of Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, and Huddersfield, making it the 4th
largest urban area in England, after London, Birmingham, and Manchester!
The name Leeds is derived from the Celtic word Ladenses, which means ‘people of the fast-flowing river,’ in reference to the River Aire that flows through the city. And a person from Leeds is known as a ‘Lioner,’ which is a name thought to derive from the city’s old name of Loidis.