1. We have an actual bear pit just chilling on the side of the road. Flickr: atoach / Creative Commons We had a zoo for a little while – Leeds Zoological and Botanical Gardens, to be specific. It opened in 1840 but only lasted until 1858, which is probably just as well, all things considered. 2. Our buses have USB chargers and red leather seats. instagram.com 3. We also have a lido. Instagram: @leannealexa It’s absolutely fucking freezing most of the time but Ilkley Lido is still up and running and utterly glorious, as you can see. There was also a lido at Roundhay Park, but it's now a car park. Far more practical, way less fun. 4. Charles Dickens absolutely fucking hated the place. Rischgitz / Getty Images He called it odious. Mind you, this was written around the time we kept bears on the side of the street. 5. Nobody here actually says "ee bah gum". Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Paramount Pictures Literally, nobody. 6. We have not one, not two, but three universities. Instagram: @georgies_22 This is Leeds University. Nice, right? We've also got Leeds Trinity and Leeds Beckett. Oh, and a shit-ton of specialist colleges too. Maybe this is why 9% of the UK's graduates come from Leeds. Or maybe it's just 'cos we're bloody brilliant people. 7. It’s not just visitors that hate the loop system in the centre of town: Locals detest it too. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF 20th Television And we love to bitch about it with every taxi driver we meet. 8. We have over 1,000 shops in the city centre and over five miles of shopping streets. Flickr: 118118485@N05 We also have Europe’s largest indoor market: Kirkgate Markett. Oh, & Marks and Spencer was born and bred in Leeds. You're WELCOME, rest of the country. 9. We have a posh private library. Flickr: 118118485@N05 / Creative Commons There is even a little section to make your own tea or coffee. 10. And our public one ain't too shabby either. Flickr / Via Flickr: 118118485@N05 / Creative Commons Not so grim up north after all. 11. Leeds Arena was designed so every seat has a perfect line of sight to the stage. instagram.com Squinting and craning your neck around a pole is no longer a thing in Leeds. 12. We’re up for City of Culture 2023, don’t you know? Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros. Pictures / Via dicapriosmile.tumblr.com Who likes Milton Keynes anyway? 13. One of the many reasons we should win is the fact that we have our own opera, ballet, and theatre companies. Instagram: @scottjbird That's right. Opera North, Northern Ballet, and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Not that impressed? Well, we're the only provincial UK city who have all three, so you should be. 14. Although we have to admit, Leeds Bradford Airport isn't really in Leeds or Bradford. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Universal Pictures Instead it’s an equal distance from both. In other words, close to NO ONE. 15. On the plus side, there is an epic new train station on the way. instagram.com Sure, it's due for completion around 2027, but we are a patient folk. 16. Our people don’t appreciate it when you say, “Leeds? That's like Manchester, right?” Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF BBC Sorry, but just no. 17. Our summer climate is one of the driest across all of the UK's big cities. Flickr: jodcol / Creative Commons Although we have to admit, it can rain at any minute. Not like Manchester though, where it rains ALL THE TIME. 18. Buying in Leeds is cheap, but it’s still kinda expensive for the North. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Paramount Pictures / Via vh1.tumblr.com 19. But then again, you get to live in this beautiful city. Grace Holliday / Via facebook.com And how can you put a price on that?