Leeds Attractions

Leeds offers visitors a range of local attractions both in the city of Leeds and in the surrounding areas. The city is well known as a shopper’s paradise with a choice of shopping facilities including malls, high street shopping, boutiques and up market stores. Leeds includes a choice of attractions including museums, galleries, historic buildings, house and monuments, parks and parkland, sporting attractions, theatre, concerts, events and much more offering visitors with a range of things to see and experience.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Leeds, these include:

Abbey House Museum is a Grade II listed building located in Kirkstall in the north west of Leeds. The Museum was at one stage the Great Gate House to the abbey, contains authentic looking reconstructed houses and shops giving a glimpse in to Victorian Leeds. The attention to detail is excellent they are lit up by flickering candle light. A favourite with young and alike, the museum gives a fascinating insight in to Leeds’s historical heritage.

Kirkstall Abbey is close by to Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall in Leeds. The abbey has been described as Leeds' most impressive medieval structure, part of the abbey is now in ruins but it still maintains its splendour and is an imposing structure. It remains one of Britain's best preserved abbeys, it was founded back in 1152 by a party of Cistercian monks from Fountains Abbey. The scenic sight has inspired many famous artists have over the years came to paint the Kirkstall ruins. Today most of the Abbey can still be viewed and is free of charge.

The Church of St John the Evangelist is located in Leeds city centre, it is regarded as a masterpiece of 17th century design. The church is the oldest church in the Leeds city centre, it is over 350 years old. It has elaborate box-pews and a spectacular screen resplendent with huge carvings of the arms of James I and of Charles I as Prince of Wales. The stained glass dates back to the 19th century and there is a memorial window dedicated to the founder of the church John Harrison. The church today is still in a similar design to the original design of the building back in the 17th century. Address: 23 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JD.
Telephone: +44 (0)113 244 1689.

The Thackray Museum is located to the North East of Leeds city centre. Here visitors can enjoy a good day out, where you are transported in to an experience of health and medicine, from the past, present and future. Visitors can experience a back street of Victorian Leeds, here you can see, hear and smell what it was like. Living Health explores the lives, ailments and treatments of Victorian characters. You can see how modern day medicine has developed. Visitors can step inside the human body and find out how the human body works at the Life Zone.

The Leeds City Art Gallery is located heart of Leeds city centre. The art gallery is one of the premier venues in the north for visual arts, it boasts impressive collections from the early 19th to the late 20th centuries. The gallery includes a wide range of displays these include traditional prints, paintings, sculptures and some noteworthy contemporary works. The gallery possesses some of the best examples of British Art anywhere in the UK. A must for art and culture lovers, the gallery makes for a thought provoking and enjoyable visit.

Leeds has a reputation as a shopper’s paradise, in recent years a number of designer stores and boutiques have opened in the city. Dubbed as the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’ Leeds is a shoppers dream, Leeds shopping facilities cater for all tastes and budgets.

The Corn Exchange is located in the Exchange Quarter in Leeds city centre, the Corn Exchange building is a historic Grade I Victorian building that includes a host of independent chic stores inside. Here you will find fashion stores along with health stores, the venue is also used for fashion shows and exhibitions. The grand and upmarket Victoria Quarter is a favourite those who want exclusive upmarket stores, there are plenty here for fashionistas to get excited about. Bargains can be had at Kirkgate Market recently refurbished in a Edwardian building, this huge open air market has over 800 traders selling just about everything.

It is recommended that prior to coming to Leeds; visitors do their research and ensure things like famous sights and attractions are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport. Overall Leeds has plenty to offer visitors and in recent years has become a favourite short break and weekend destination.

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