With all the charms of Amsterdam and none of the hassle, Leiden makes for the perfect cultural getaway for families and young people. Set against the stunning backdrop of traditional Dutch architecture and picturesque canals, Leiden is known familiarly as the ‘museum-city’ of the Netherlands. If museums aren’t your thing, take a stroll down Leiden’s scenic shopping streets or hop on a canal-boat for a different angle of the town. Leiden is situated just twenty minutes from Amsterdam airport, and forty minutes from The Hague. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend, or a longer trip, Leiden is the perfect base for a holiday in the Netherlands.

Read the latest blog posts about Leiden

A snapshot of Leiden’s art scene

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When Bella and I first arrived in Leiden we noticed countless public buildings decked out in a pattern of red, yellow, blue and black rectangles. This Mondriaan motif brightened up shop fronts and adorned cafe windows. It was obvious the … Read More

Siebold, secrets, and selfies: Leiden’s hidden history

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Call me unsophisticated, but there really is something magical about being in a place that is closed to the public. It’s a feeling of secrecy, maybe even of celebrity, that you, and you alone, are allowed to visit somewhere restricted. … Read More

Meet your Oxford Twin City reps to Leon

Emma Williams

Emma Williams

City Rep

I graduated from Oxford Brookes with a degree in Fine Art & Publishing and have since worked for Arts at the Old Fire Station, where I was also a studio artist. My hero is Dervla Murphy and I’ve inherited a travel bug since embarking on cycle camping, skiing and walking adventures from the age of one.

Last year, I undertook a project interviewing artists and photographers in South Africa, and next year I’m doing my International Citizen Service placement with Restless Development, living and working with a host community.

I’m pleased to represent the link between Oxford and Leiden, as both are beautiful, forward-thinking cities with a dynamic cycling culture! You can check out some of the projects I’ve worked on here.

Bella Dunnett

Bella Dunnett

City Rep

I have just graduated from Durham University with a BA in English Literature. I spent a semester abroad last year in Iceland which really drew me to the world of travel-writing, and travelling in general. I threw myself into all elements of Icelandic culture which made for a brilliant experience and gave me the inspiration to win a travel-writing competition about a sheep-herding festival (really!). I also have a part-time job running the social media for a PR company.

 

Twinned with Oxford since: 1946

Volunteer association: Oxford Leiden Link