Tourist Information for the City of Leeds

By: Karri Madelline
Below you'll find plenty of insightful tourist information for the city of Leeds, which is located in West Yorkshire. Whether you're travelling by car or public transport, you'll find that getting to Leeds is simple. It's well served by Leeds Railway Station, also called Leeds City, as well as a number of local buses and coaches.

About Leeds

Leeds is a lively city that's full of great cultural and historical sites, which are great fun to look around. Thousands of people come to the city every day to shop, eat out or just to enjoy the range of attractions Leeds has on offer.

With some wonderful modern architecture and fabulous shops, Leeds has genuinely transformed itself recently. Despite this, there are still many structures that evoke the city's Victorian splendour, too. One of the most well known Victorian structures is the Leeds Corn Exchange, which was designed by the architect Cuthbert Brodrick.

Leeds also boasts the amazing Kirkstall Abbey, which is placed in the western outskirts of the city. This stunning Abbey is widely regarded as one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Great Britain. It boasts historical architecture, as well as some absolutely stunning gardens that are packed with wildlife and greenery.

The Abbey was started in 1152 and it took over seventy five years to build. Now a grade-I listed building, visitors flock to see open-air concerts and plays in its pretty grounds during the summer.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Regularly dubbed the ‘Knightsbridge of the North', Leeds is a fabulous place for shop lovers! It boasts over 1,000 stores, including the first Harvey Nicholls outside London, and they are scattered around its stylish high streets, state-of-the-art shopping malls, Victorian shopping arcades, historic buildings & Edwardian markets.

Things to Do

If you don't like shopping, you'll be pleased to know that Leeds has many other places of interest. These include the very insightful Leeds City Museum & the Leeds City Art Gallery, which caters to the arty tourist. On the other hand, you could visit one of the city's fabulous parks or even the pretty Nelson Mandela gardens, which are placed in the heart of the city.

These good-looking gardens were built to mark the year 2000 at a cost of ?12 million & Leeds City Council & the Millennium Commission funded them. The gardens won a prize at the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show, although they were damaged this year because of a massive water organised via the social networking web site, Facebook.

After Hours

Finally, any tourist visiting Leeds should make sure that they experience its nightlife. With wonderful restaurants, exclusive bars and impressive clubs, you'll have an out of this world night there. It goes without saying that Leeds has a big gay community, too. This means that you will find some fantastic gay venues in the city, including the notorious Xibit.

After the clubs close, why not head to one of the city's plush hotels for a fantastic rest? There are some fabulous hotels in the city, which include the Radisson Sas hotel, so you'll be spoilt for choice. If you pick a hotel with a free breakfast included, you'll be able to eat away your hangover, too!
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