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Sightseeing in Leeds - what to see. Complete travel guide

Leeds is a city located in the valley of the Aire River. This is one of the largest cities of England. London is located not far away from Leeds, so such an advantageous location makes it very popular. Leeds is also on approximately same distance from east and west coast of the country.
Leeds offers a wide choice of shopping centers and markets, as well as small specialized stores selling interesting goods. A beautiful modern building with a glazed roof houses Trinity Leeds … Open
Yet in XIX century this provincial town was one of the main industrial centers of England. It occupied a small territory, but one could see there large choice of different factories. However, nowadays the share of industrial companies in Leeds is not that big. There are less and less factories here and more office buildings. Leeds has slowly become a business center of the north of England.
Because of these changes much renovation work has been done in Leeds. It helped to restore historical buildings of the city. Much space has been devoted to greenery. In Leeds have appeared parks, gardens and boulevards. This has really changed the look of the city. At the same time new educational facilities have been opened here – schools, colleges, and two universities. This has made Leeds one of the largest educational centers of the UK as well. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The selection of gaming and entertainment centers in Leeds is simply amazing. Among them, suitable centers can be selected for children of all age. Those who prefer family trips to the … Open
Among main sights of the city are Royal Arsenal with large exhibition of different collections (items devoted to knights times and knights tournaments, war time, hunting) and City’s Picture Gallery with a large collection of pictures of XX century. Modern Leeds attracts people by its history, its constant flexibility and ability to fit modern life. Today this is a city full of noise and numerous students, sleepless bars, restaurants, and clubs. This is also a place rich in tremendous Edwardian architecture.
Among the permanent symbols of Leeds is the beautiful Cathedral, which since its foundation was the seat of the local bishop. The very first church in its place was built in 1838. A few years after the construction was completed, it began to expand. The reformation of the church was finally completed by 1901. Now, it is a spectacular monument in the Neo-Gothic style.
Leeds is one of the five biggest cities of Great Britain. It attract tourist not only with unique landmarks, but also with excellent restaurants. Stylish All Bar One restaurant offers its … Open
An equally impressive architectural site is the Church of St. Peter. In its place, the very first church was built in the 7th century, and later it was completely destroyed during a major fire. Subsequently, the religious monument was destroyed twice more by fire. The last church managed to be fully preserved not only its appearance, but also its interior decoration. Inside, visitors can see an ancient organ, very beautiful stained-glass windows and mosaics.
In the north-western part of Leeds you can see the ruins of the Kirkstall Abbey, which was built in 1152. The monastery ceased to exist during the reign of Henry VIII. Not so long ago, the dilapidated historical building was restored and opened for visits. Some parts of the monastery have survived quite well. During an excursion, visitors will be told about how monks spent their life hundreds of years ago.
Leeds is one of the oldest British cities where people keep honoring their historical traditions. Locals are proud of their nationality, their way of life is strikingly different from that … Open
On one of the central streets of the city you can see a very unusual historical building with a rounded facade. This is the Leeds Corn Exchange, which was built in 1864 and was one of three similar exchanges in the country. This historic building is perfectly preserved, it was recently completely restored. Today, it houses one of the most popular shopping centers in the city.
Clarence Dock , Leeds The most luxurious and recognizable historical facility of Leeds is the Town Hall building. Its tower, whose height is 68.6 meters, is visible from many city streets. Queen Victoria herself took part in the opening of the grand building. In the construction such huge sums were invested, which caused discontent of many residents of the city. During the Second World War, the Town Hall was badly damaged by the bombing. However, it was restored in the shortest possible time. Now the historical building has been converted into a cultural center. It often hosts concerts, exhibitions and other mass events. One of the largest and most beautiful squares in the city is in front of the building.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Leeds and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Leeds
♥   Shopping area ' Trinity' Leeds, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' The Headrow' Leeds, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Briggate' Leeds, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' King Edward Street' Leeds, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Victoria' Leeds, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Leeds
♥   Castle 'Sandal Castle' , 15.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Hazlewood Castle' , 16.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Spofforth Castle' , 18.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Pontefract Castle' , 19.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Almondbury Castle' , 24.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Leeds
♥   Regional Park 'Stones Country' , 73 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Leeds and around
♥   Art museum 'Leeds Art Gallery' Leeds, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Royal Armouries Museum' Leeds, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Temple Newsam' Leeds, 5.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Hepworth Gallery' Wakefield, 14 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Yorkshire Sculpture Park' Wakefield, 20.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Leeds from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Howard Castle

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
The main part of the excursion is connected with a picturesque park, which is decorated with artificial lakes, fountains and old sculptures. During warmer months, the vacationists have a great opportunity to go by boat trips. In summer, on the territory of the park, you can find a cosy café. The arboretum has a number of rare plants. Originally it was built for academic researchers. Travellers, who plan to go there in winter, will see a lot of interesting things. On Christmas Eve you can see near the palace fairs and various entertainment events and charitable actions. … Read further

House Garden of Anne and Robin Strange

From the series “Unique Living Houses”
For many years, gardeners have attracted many fans. One woman even sends spouses certificates for a floral shop, so they they can supplement their collection with new items. The most difficult part of caring about the garden is daily watering a vast number of flowers. Recently, the couple has equipped an area with a modern irrigation system, with which the gardening has become much easier. The house of Stranges is close to the road, so it’s well known to many motorists, who are often driving these places. It won’t be difficult for curious tourists to find it too. … Read further
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