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        About Leeds

        Leeds is a city in the county of West Yorkshire, England. The city is the largest in the county, with a population of 793,139.
        Leeds was a small manorial borough until 1626, when it became a city and received its first charter as a borough. From then on, the town began to overgrow in the wake of the Industrial Revolution. From a market town in the valley of the River Aire in the 16th century, Leeds expanded and overtook nearby York in importance, absorbing the surrounding villages and developing into a crowded urban centre by the 20th century, gaining city status in 1893. Today, Leeds has one of the most diverse economies of any major city in the UK and is experiencing the fastest growth in private sector jobs of any city in the UK.
        Leeds is the largest settlement in the historic Yorkshire region and is known for its many shopping arcades, such as Kirkgate Market. Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the West Yorkshire metropolitan area. The city has a vibrant nightlife and is known for its wide range of bars, nightclubs and live music venues. It also hosts several festivals and events throughout the year.

        Basic info and car hire in Leeds

        • Location: United Kingdom
        • Population: 793,139 (2019)
        • Official language: English
        • Currency: Pounds Sterling (GBP)
        • Weather: The weather in Leeds is relatively typical of the UK. It can be rainy and cloudy, but it can also be sunny and bright. Average temperatures are cool in spring and summer and cold in winter. However, it is not uncommon to have a few days a year when the temperature reaches over 20 °C (68 °F).   
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions: Road conditions in Leeds can be treacherous in winter. Snow and ice can make driving conditions difficult. It is important to drive carefully in these conditions and be aware of the potential dangers.
        • Car hire in Leeds: Hiring a car at Leeds Bradford Airport with Orbit Car Hire gives you plenty of freedom to get around Leeds and the UK. With a wide range of vehicles to choose from, you can be sure to find the one that suits your needs and gives you the most benefit on your trip.

        Driving in Leeds

        As mentioned earlier, driving in winter in Leeds can be difficult. Roads in Leeds are generally well maintained, but potholes can be a problem, especially after severe storms. Therefore, it is advisable to be careful when driving. However, in general, Leeds is a safe city to go around.

        • Age limits: The age limit is between 21 and 25, depending on the car rental agency. Many agencies will either charge a young driver fee if you are under this age or not allow you to rent the car.
        • International Driving Permit: Yes, if your driver's license is not identifiable as Driving License, for example, if it is written in a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese).
        • Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driver's license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to take out insurance with the car rental company if your policy does not cover you when driving in the UK).
        • Additional requirements: Warning triangles, spare wheels and a hands-free kit with hearing aids are required if you are talking on the phone while driving.
        • Children in the car: All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt. Children under twelve years of age or over 5 feet tall may ride in the front passenger seat.
        • Driving side of the road: Left.
        • Lights: Headlights must be on at all times (day and night).
        • General speed limits: 80 mph / 130 km/h on motorways, 49 mph / 80 km/h on main roads outside built-up areas and 31 mph/50 km/h inside built-up areas.
        • Parking suggestions: Almost all car parks are metered, and the average price per hour is around GBP 1.90/ € 2.20.

        Car Hire in Leeds

        Most popular car hire at Leeds

        The most selected hire car in Leeds is the Fiat 500, with the Ford Fiesta and Kia Stonic also being a popular options. The most popular car types in Belfast are Mini and Economy car categories.

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Leeds

        Do you want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No problem! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way rentals in many locations outside of Leeds. A one-way rental is ideal for travelling across the city or country and saves you time by not having to return to your original site.
        As Leeds is a city in the middle of the UK, it is exciting to travel beyond Leeds. There are many fascinating cities you can travel to with your hired car, such as London, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield and many more! With the permission of the car hire company you work with, you can even take your rental car to other places like Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and start your little UK trip. The possibilities are endless!
        Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find excellent options for one-way car hire locations all over the UK.

        Popular day trips from Leeds

        There are plenty of great day trips that can be taken from Leeds. The Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District are both within easy reach for those who enjoy the outdoors. History buffs can head to York to explore its medieval streets and Viking past, while foodies will find plenty to tantalise their taste buds in the nearby city of Sheffield. With Manchester only a short drive away, there is something for everyone within easy reach of Leeds.

        The Yorkshire Dales
        The Yorkshire Dales is a national park in the UK covering 1,761 square kilometres of stunning countryside. The park is home to several picturesque villages and some of the country's best walking trails. The Yorkshire Dales are probably most famous for their limestone landscape of craggy hills and valleys created by erosion over millions of years. The area is also home to several important archaeological sites, including the remains of a Roman fort at Ribchester. Whether you are looking for a challenging walk or a relaxing stroll in the countryside, the Yorkshire Dales has something for everyone. So why not set off yourself to explore this beautiful corner of England? The drive will take about 50 minutes from Leeds.

        The Lake District
        The Lake District is a region of mountains, valleys and lakes. It is home to the highest peaks in England, including Scafell Pike (978 metres/3,209 feet), and the area has been popular with walkers and climbers for many years. The Lake District is now a national park. There are many activities in the Lake District, including walking, climbing, cycling, canoeing and boating on the lakes. The area is also famous for its wildlife, with red deer, ospreys and peregrine falcons in the National Park. The main towns in the Lake District are Keswick, Windermere and Ambleside. Keswick is a good base for exploring the northern part of the National Park, while Windermere is the largest town in the region and has good transport links. Ambleside is in the middle of the Lake District and is popular with tourists. The Lake District is a stunningly beautiful place and worth visiting once you are in Leeds. There is something for everyone, whether you like hiking in the mountains or just relaxing by the lake. You will not be disappointed! The drive to the Lake District from Leeds will take about 1 hour and 40 minutes. 

        York
        York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England. The city has a rich heritage and has been inhabited since Roman times. York is a popular tourist destination due to its rich history and heritage. York is home to several famous tourist attractions, including York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, and the National Railway Museum. The city also has a vibrant nightlife and is known for its festivals and events. If you are looking for a historic and vibrant city to explore, York is the perfect place for you. This wonderful city has something for everyone with its rich history, beautiful architecture, and lively nightlife.

        Sheffield
        Sheffield is a city in South Yorkshire. It has over half a million inhabitants and is the fifth-largest city in the United Kingdom. Sheffield is known for its steel industry, which began in the 18th century and made the town one of the most important industrial centres in the UK. Today, Sheffield is home to several universities, colleges, major businesses, and employers. The city also has a vibrant cultural scene with many museums, art galleries and live music venues. Sheffield has plenty to see and do, making it an ideal place to visit or live. The drive from Leeds to Sheffield takes about an hour.

        Manchester
        Manchester is a city and borough in Greater Manchester. With a population of 547,627, it is the fifth-largest city in the United Kingdom. In 2013, Manchester was the third most visited city in the UK after London and Edinburgh. The city is known for its architecture, culture, music exports, media connections, scientific and technical achievements, social influence, sports clubs and transport links. So a day trip to Manchester is worthwhile.

        What to see in Leeds

        There is a lot to see and do in Leeds! For those who enjoy the outdoors, there are several parks and green spaces to explore, including Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam and Otley Chevin. The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds Grand Theatre and Kirkstall Abbey are great for history buffs. Art lovers should visit the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery and The Tetley. Families will enjoy a visit to Roundhay Park, Tropical World and Harewood House. Sports fans can catch a game at Elland Road Stadium or tour Headingley Carnegie Stadium. And for those who want to enjoy a good meal or go shopping, Leeds has plenty of restaurants and shops. Whatever your interests, you will indeed find something you like in Leeds!

        Bridgewater Place skyscraper in Leeds

        Kirkgate Market on Leeds

        Where to eat, drink, and party in Leeds

        There are plenty of great places to eat and drink in Leeds, UK. The city is the culinary capital of the North. In the heart of Leeds, there is a thriving independent food scene known for its diversity, energy and innovation. The passionate people are known for their craft and serving dishes you can be proud of. Here are just a few of the city's favourites.

        Best restaurants and bars in Leeds

        The Owl
        The Owl is a small, relaxed yet lively restaurant in the city centre, just off Lockside next to the Leeds canal.
        Modern British cuisine is served at the Owl, using the best local fish, meat and game. The Owl has a handful of covered tables for al fresco dining. The wine list is small but full of interesting examples of great wines.

        The Restaurant Bar & Grill
        The Restaurant Bar & Grill in Leeds is located in the Old Post Office building in the heart of City Square and offers a stunning setting for brunch, lunch, dinner or a private function. The restaurant has an open kitchen, wood-fired oven and rotisserie and emphasises good serving food in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Guests can eat at the raised mezzo-share table, sit in the comfortable seating niches or watch the chefs at work from the counters next to the open kitchen. The impressive cocktail bar, with its charismatic bar team, offers a sophisticated environment to enjoy a refreshing Sapphire Cosmopolitan or Mojito. In the summer months, dine al fresco in the square, watching the hustle and bustle of the city while enjoying the extensive menu of eclectic dishes.

        HOME
        With its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, HOME is a fine dining restaurant in the heart of Leeds. Under the direction of Chef Patron Elizabeth Cottam, she and her team create an ever-changing and extempore collection of eight to ten-course menus, making it one of the most exciting and unique restaurants in the city.

        The Crafthouse
        The Crafthouse showcases the best of British produce, taking inspiration from the history of Leeds and Yorkshire. Located on the fifth floor of Trinity Leeds, the restaurant offers regularly changing seasonal British menus and spectacular views over the city. The Crafthouse pays homage to Leeds' rich culture and heritage, emphasising outstanding quality food and wine.

        The Turk's Head
        The Turk's Head offers 14 beers on tap representing the modern British craft brewing scene and an exceptional selection of premium spirits, wines and cocktails, all in a stylish and comfortable setting designed by Lord Whitney. The bar is located at the top of Turk's Head Yard.

        Jake's Bar
        Jake's Bar has long been known for the quality and selection of our cocktails and mixed drinks. Our current list includes a selection of our favourite creations from recent years, a good helping of timeless classics and some more experimental combinations we have put together from our unique Distilled Spirits of Leeds.

        FAQ

        What you need to know about renting a car

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        What do I need to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.

        How old do I need to be to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        The minimum age to rent a car is 25 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.

        Do I need car insurance in the UK?

        Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in the United Kingdom with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.

        Do I need a credit card to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.

        Do I need an international driving license in the UK?

        An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.

        How do I get the cheapest car in the United Kingdom?

        You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.

        What is the cheapest rental car in the UK?

        You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Corsa often provide the best prices. 

        What is the best car rental company in the United Kingdom?

        You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Enterprise Rent a Car, Alamo Rent a Car, National Car Rental, Europcar Rent a Car and Green motion.

        What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in the United Kingdom?

        You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Focus, Volvo XC 60.

        Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for the UK?

        Most car rentals in the UK offer unlimited mileage in their offers. 

        How old to hiring a car in the UK?

        It depends on the car hire company. The most common age is from 21to 25. 

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