Shopping, Culture & Night Clubs - a Tourism Guide to Leeds

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

With some fabulous modern architecture & fabulous shops, Leeds has truly transformed itself recently. however, there's still many buildings that evoke the city's Victorian splendour, too. One of the most well-known Victorian buildings is Leeds Corn Exchange, which was designed by the architect Cuthbert Brodrick.

Leeds also boasts the unforgettable Kirkstall Abbey, which is placed in the western outskirts of the city. This beautiful Abbey is widely regarded as one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian Abbey in the UK. It boasts historical architecture, as well as beautiful gardens that are teeming with wildlife & greenery.

Kirkstall Abbey was started in 1152 & took over 75 years to construct. The historical ruins have been painted by artists such as JMW Turner & The Abbey is now a Grade 1 listed construction. In the summer, visitors flock to watch open-air concerts & plays in the elegant grounds of the Abbey.

Frequently known as the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’, Leeds is a fabulous place for shoppers! It boasts over 1,000 shops, which include Harvey Nicholls, Louis Vuitton & more, scattered around its stylish high streets, state-of-the-art shopping centres, Victorian shopping arcades, historical buildings & Edwardian markets.

If you'd rather spend your time in Leeds doing more cultured activities, you will be pleased to know that the city has 9 fabulous museums and art galleries. These include the leeds city museum and the wonderful leeds city art gallery, so you are sure to find something to entertain you.

If fast-paced city life gets too much, you will be pleased to know that Leeds has some beautiful green spaces and gorgeous parks, which include the award winning nelson mandela gardens. These beautiful gardens were built at a cost of ?12 million to commemorate the millennium and were jointly funded by leeds city council and the Millennium Commission. The gardens won a medal at the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show.

Finally, any tourist passing by Leeds should ensure that they experience its nightlife. With wonderful restaurants, exclusive bars and amazing night clubs, you'll have an unforgettable night there. needless to say Leeds boasts a massive gay community, too. You will find some wonderful gay venues dotted around the Calls area, which include the notorious xibit.

After the night clubs close, why not head to one of the city's deluxe hotels for a wonderful rest? there's some great hotels in the city, which include the leeds novotel, so you'llbe spoilt for choice. best of all, if you choose a hotel with breakfast included - you'llbe able to eat away your hangover, too.

So, whether you are passing by Leeds for a lively evening out, a glamourous shopping trip or even a cultured weekend away, you'll be spoilt for choice by the vast variety of great things to do. For additional info on things to do in Leeds and the nearby areas, merely ring the local tourism info board.

You will find Leeds is simple to get to by car, bus, coach and train. railway connections run from Leeds Railway Station, also called Leeds City, to the heart of london, Southampton, Bournemouth, Plymouth, Birmingham, Leicester, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool and plenty more locations throughout the UK.
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