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Leeds is a city in the northern English county of Yorkshire. On the south bank of the River Aire, the Royal Armouries houses the national collection of arms and artillery. Across the river, the redeveloped industrial area around Call Lane is famed for bars and live music venues under converted railway arches. Leeds Kirkgate Market features hundreds of indoor and outdoor stalls.

Leeds has an extensive retail area, lovely parks and a lively restaurant scene and many say that no visit is complete without exploring the Royal Armouries.

This is one of the only cities outside London to have its own Opera and Ballet companies. The Leeds Grand Theatre dates back to 1878, is home to Opera North and hosts regular productions from Northern Ballet and musicals from London’s West End.

The venue, John Charles Centre for Sport is a sports facility in the South of the city. 

Visa and entry information

All international competitors should ensure they have a valid passport and visa for entry into the United Kingdom

To check if you need a visa to visit the UK please click here.

Visitors from almost 75% of Commonwealth countries do not require prior entry clearance in addition to their passport or identity card

As an overview, the following countries need visas to enter the UK:

Bangladesh, Cameroon, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Uganda

There are no health or vaccination requirements for entry in the UK.

Travelling with children

You may be asked at the border to prove the relationship between yourself and any children travelling with you, if you do not seem to be the parent, for example if you have a different surname.

You can prove this with:

  • a birth or adoption certificate showing your relationship with the child
  • divorce or marriage certificates if you’re the parent but have a different surname from the child
  • a letter from the child’s parent giving permission for the child to travel with you and providing contact details, if you’re not the parent


There are over 150 hotels within 30 mins, these comprise of five-star hotels to hostels.  Simple accommodation can be found in the city from £40 per night with the more exclusive range to £300 per night.  Most of the accommodation is in the city centre, which is about a 20-minute drive to the pool.

Holiday Inn Express Leeds Armouries (3 Star Hotel) 

  • The room rate is £85.00 per night for all nights, single or double occupancy, bed & breakfast, with a £30.00 charge for a 3rd guest (sofa bed). 


The Holiday Inn Express® Leeds City Centre - Armouries hotel is five minutes' walk from the city centre, and 10 minutes from Leeds Central train station. The M621 motorway, with connections to Liverpool and Manchester, is less than a mile away. There's discounted parking at the multi-storey car park next door. 

10 minute Drive to the competition venue.  

This is the hotel the UK officials will be in for National Finals.

Holiday Inn booking info

Contact number: 0113 380 4400, option 0 
Code: CON 
Guarantee: Guests will be asked to provide a payment to guarantee their bookings with payment on departure 


Travelodge Leeds Central and Travelodge Leeds Vicar Lane are pleased to offer a 5% discount to attendees of Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving, visiting Leeds. In order to receive your discount, please visit this page where your code will be sent directly to your email upon booking. For further information on Travelodges in Leeds, visit this page

Clayton Hotel Leeds (4 star hotel)

  • Monday 18th – Friday 22nd (inclusive) £90.00 single, £100.00 double, £125.00 triple occupancy 
  • Saturday 23rd £120.00 single, £130.00 double, £155.00 triple occupancy 
  • Sunday 24th - £60.00 single, £70.00 double, £95.00 triple occupancy 


Found on the south side of Leeds city centre, easily accessible from the motorway, Leeds Bradford Airport and Leeds Railway Station. 

With secure, underground car park available for guests; Clayton Hotel is a great base for visiting Leeds popular tourist attractions, stylish shopping scene and exciting nightlife.  

10 minute Drive to the competition venue.   

Clayton booking info

Group Code - RLSS 181119 

Dialling - 0113 234 2340 Option 1 for Reservations 

Emailing - [email protected] 

 Need other options? Check out these listings on booking.com. 


The UK generally has a decent transport infrastructure, with a good selection of local airports, public transport and safe alternatives available.

The closest airport is Leeds Bradford, with Doncaster Sheffield (61km), Manchester (70km), Durham (74km) and Blackpool (91km) in easy transferable distance.

For those arriving into Birmingham or London there is a reliable train service and intercity bus.

Transport around Leeds: while it is possible to get from the accommodation and entertainment areas by public transport, it can be time consuming and (depending on where you are staying) quite complicated.  We would suggest that teams obtain their own transport.


Leeds General Infirmary
Located in: University of Leeds
Address: Great George St, Leeds LS1 3EX
Hours: Open 24 hours
Emergency department: Open 24 hours · See more hours
Phone: 0113 243 2799 

St James's University Hospital
Address: Beckett St, Leeds LS9 7TF
Hours:  Open 24 hours
Emergency department: Open 24 hours
Phone: 0113 243 3144


The festival will be taking place during the UK’s winter months; therefore, the temperature is likely to be relatively cold (the average temperature at this time of year in Leeds is 5oC or 41oF.

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