An Insiders Look at Leeds

By: Krissy Haze
Leeds is a playful city that's full of fabulous cultural and heritage sites, which are great fun to look around. more than 100,000 people come to work in the city centre every single day and 1000s more come to shop, eat out or solely to enjoy the variety of attractions Leeds has on offer.

With some exciting modern architecture and fabulous shops, Leeds has genuinely transformed itself recently. however, there are still many buildings that evoke the city's Victorian splendour and one of the most well-known Victorian buildings is Leeds Town Hall, which was designed by the architect Cuthbert Brodrick.

Leeds also has the amazing Kirkstall Abbey, which is located in the western outskirts of the city. This stunning Abbey is thought to be one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in britain. It has historical architecture, as well as stunning gardens that are teeming with wildlife and greenery.

Kirkstall Abbey was started in 1152 and took over 75 years to construct. The historical ruins have been painted by artists such as jmw turner and the abbey is now a Grade 1 listed constructing. In the summer, visitors flock to see open-air concerts and plays in the gorgeous grounds of the Abbey.

Regularly known as the 'Knightsbridge of the North', Leeds is a great location for shoppers! It boasts over 1,000 stores, which include Harvey Nicholls, Louis Vuitton & more, scattered around its stylish high streets, state-of-the-art malls, Victorian arcades, historic buildings & markets.

If you don't like shopping, you will be pleased to know that Leeds has plenty of other places of interest. These include the truly interesting Armley Mills Industrial Museum and The Henry Moore Institute, which caters to the arty visitor. on the other hand, you could visit one of the city's fantastic parks or even the breathtaking Millennium Gardens, which are situated in the heart of the city.

These good-looking gardens were built to celebrate the millennium at a cost of ?12 million and were funded by leeds council and the Millennium Commission. The gardens won a medal at the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show, although they were damaged this year due to a big water fight that was organised on the social networking website, Facebook.

As well as wonderful shopping & culture, Leeds also boasts fantastic nightlife. From vip bars & rustic pubs to gay clubs & unforgettable night clubs, the city truly boasts something for all of us.

If you would rather have an early evening, you'll be pleased to learn that the city also boasts some wonderful luxury hotels, which include the leeds hilton. These hotels offer a real treat, so you can't fail to get a wonderful sleep & a fabulous breakfast.

So, whether you are visiting Leeds for a lively night out, a glamorous shopping trip or even a cultured weekend away, you will be spoilt for choice by the wide range of exciting things to do. For additional information on things to do in Leeds & the surrounding areas, only ring the local tourism information board.

You'll find Leeds easy to get to by car, bus, coach & train. railway connections run from Leeds Railway Station, also called Leeds City, to the middle of london, Southampton, Bournemouth, Plymouth, Birmingham, Leicester, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool & plenty of other destinations throughout the UK.
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