Our 2008 Leeds Tourism Guide

By: Krissy Haze
Despite often being overlooked in favour of Manchester, Leeds is a popular Northern city. It has got a population of almost 450,000 & attracts many business travellers, too. Due to its many attractions, Leeds is also a popular tourist place.

Leeds Attractions

Leeds has a handful of pretty buildings, which include the pretty Corn Exchange, which Cuthbert Broderick designed in 1864. This beautiful building is now an alternative shopping centre and it is grade I listed. As well as its pretty buildings, Leeds also has a handful of beautiful park spaces and wonderful attractions and historical sites.

If you want to do some shopping, Leeds is the ideal location to do it. The city has some great stores to suit any budget, including high-end stores like Harvey Nicholls & Louis Vuitton in the Victoria Quarter. You will also find high-street stores in the city's Merrion Centre. Alternative fashion lovers will also find some real bargains in the Corn Exchange, which is home to stores such as Grin.

If you do not like shopping, you'll be happy to know that Leeds has plenty of other places of interest. These include the very insightful Royal Armouries Museum & the Henry Moore Institute, which caters to the arty tourist. Alternatively, you could visit one of the city's superb parks or even the breathtaking Mandela gardens, which are placed in the heart of the city.

These attractive gardens were constructed to celebrate the year 2000 at a cost of ?12 million & were funded by Leeds council & the Millennium Commission. The gardens won a medal at the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show, although they were damaged this year because of a big water fight that was organised on the social networking web site, Facebook.

Finally, any tourist visiting Leeds should ensure that they experience its nightlife. With wonderful restaurants, VIP bars and amazing nightclubs, you will have an unforgettable evening there. It goes without saying that Leeds boasts a massive gay community, too. You’ll find a handful of wonderful gay venues dotted around the Calls area, including the legendary New Penny pub – one of the oldest gay pubs in the country.

After the nightclubs close, why not head to one of the city's plush hotels for a wonderful sleep? There are a handful of fabulous hotels in the city, which include the Queen's Hotel, so you will be spoilt for choice. Best of all, if you choose a hotel with a free breakfast included - you will be able to eat away your hangover, too!

Thanks for Reading!

Thank you for browsing our tourism guide to Leeds! Whether you want to go on a shopping spree or an interesting day trip, we think you'll agree that Leeds has something for everyone to enjoy.
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