Leeds is the city in the United Kingdom, located at the north of England in West Yorkshire. Represents an intriguing combination of the history and present times. Thinking about heading to Leeds? Have a look on this list of places to visit and plan an amazing trip to Leeds.
Harewood House and Gardens
Harewood House was built in the 18th century and is called one of the Treasure Houses of England. Over 100 acres of gardens with a variety of plants from all over the world. It is a place where you can spend a lot of time exploring the unknown nature, including a walled garden, bird garden, Himalayan garden.
Thackray Medical Museum
The Thackray Medical Museum initially was a Leeds Union workhouse in 1861. After several decades it has eventually became St. James’ Hospital in 1925 when workhouses were no longer needed. Just after the II world war, in 1948, it joined the NHS. In 1990 was considered unfit for modern medicine. So an interesting thing happened: because of its listed building status it became a museum in 1997. It has over 47,000 items of historical medical equipment and offers an extremely interesting tour. Also, it is a popular place for a ghost hunts, so you better be beware if you go there.
The destroyed abbey building is one of the most important medieval monuments of Leeds. It was originally erected between 1152-1182 by the Cistercians at Fountains Abbey. They are the monks of the abbey who became famous for the trade of textiles and the city owes to them its later direction to the development of the industry.
Noteworthy are those fantastic churches in the city center: the Catholic Cathedral on George Street, the Holy Trinity Church on Boar Lane and the Anglican Church on Kirkgate Street. In Leeds we also find magnificent monuments of nineteenth century architecture, the most impressive of which is the town hall. From the architectonic point of view, also interesting are the Civic Hall and Civic Theater buildings in the neighborhood of the town hall. Walk along Boar Lane (with beautiful 17th- and 19th century architecture) and Vicar Lane alongside the most exclusive shops in the magnificent Victoria Quarter Center.
Leeds Grand Theatre
Leeds Town Hall : official name is the Victoria Hall
Where to eat and drink in Leeds?
Leeds, a city full of worth seeing monuments offers also a rich selection of amazing places to eat and drink. Feel free to try those places where you can get multicultural taste of West Yorkshire: Cosmo – a buffet restaurant, Akbars serving authentic Indian food and Red’s True Barbecue offering slow cooked meat with specially crafted rubs and seasonings in casual wood and brick filled canteen. If you want to taste a pint of Leeds Best, try Midnight Bell where you can enjoy traditional fish and chips with your meal. For breakfast I was recommended to go to the Sunshine Bakery, which is a small cafe serving plenty of cute cupcakes and other sweeties. For more excitement, check out Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen where you can enjoy the view from the Leeds’ most spectacular roof terrace. The place itself is an independent venue with music, art, film and food spread across three floors.