Tourist Information for Leeds

By: Haley Softie
Leeds is a lively city that's full of wonderful cultural and historic 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, dine out or just to enjoy the range of attractions Leeds has on offer.

With some fabulous modern architecture and snazzy shops, Leeds has truly transformed itself in recent years. however, there's still plenty of structures that evoke the city's Victorian splendour, too. 1 of the most well-known Victorian structures is leeds town hall, which was planned by the architect Cuthbert Brodrick.

Leeds also has the impressive Kirkstall Abbey, which is situated 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 england. It has historical architecture, as well as beautiful gardens that are teeming with wildlife and greenery.

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

Often called the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’, Leeds is a exciting location for shoppers! It has over 1,000 shops, including Harvey Nicholls, Louis Vuitton & more, scattered around its stylish high streets, state-of-the-art malls, Victorian arcades, historical buildings & edwardian markets.

If you'd prefer to spend your time in Leeds doing more cultured pursuits, you will be pleased to know that the city has 9 great museums & art galleries. These include the leeds city museum & the fabulous 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 pretty green spaces & beautiful parks, including the award winning mandela gardens. These pretty gardens were constructed at a cost of ?12 million to mark the millennium & were jointly funded by leeds council & the Millennium Commission. The gardens were awarded a prize at the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show.

As well as exciting shopping & culture, Leeds also boasts exciting nightlife. From exclusive bars & rustic pubs to gay venues & unforgettable nightclubs, the city truly boasts something for all of us.

If you would rather have an early night, you'll be happy to know that the city also boasts some exciting luxury hotels, which include the queen's hotel. These hotels offer a real treat, so you can not fail to get a exciting rest & a fabulous breakfast.

Whether you're travelling by car or public transport, you will find getting to Leeds is easy. it is well served by Leeds Railway Station, also known as Leeds City, as well as having frequent bus & coach services.

even though this is the end of our tourist guide to Leeds, we've not been able to squeeze in all of the fabulous attractions that this city has to offer. To find out more info about Leeds & the nearby areas, simply contact your nearest tourist info centre.
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