Art Gallery and Museums Tourism Guide to Leeds

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 plenty of business travellers, too.

Thanks to its numerous places of interest, Leeds is also a popular tourist location.

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

Leeds also boasts the unforgettable Kirkstall Abbey, which is located 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 great britain. It boasts historical architecture, as well as beautiful gardens that are packed with wildlife and greenery.

Kirkstall Abbey was started in 1152 and took more than 75 years to build. The historical ruins have been painted by artists including turner and the abbey is now a Grade 1 listed structure. In the summer, visitors flock to see open-air concerts and plays in the appealing grounds of the Abbey.

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

If you do not like shopping, you'll be happy to know that Leeds has many more places of interest. These include the very interesting armley mills industrial museum and the henry moore institute, which caters to the artistic visitor. alternatively, you could visit one of the city's wonderful parks or even the stunning nelson mandela 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 were awarded a medal at the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show, although they were damaged this year due to a major water fight that was organised on the social-networking web site, Facebook.

Lastly, any tourist passing by Leeds should ensure that they experience its nightlife. With wonderful restaurants, exclusive bars and impressive nightclubs, you will have an unforgettable night there. it goes without saying that Leeds boasts a big gay community, too. you'll find a handful of exciting gay bars dotted around the Calls area, which include the notorious blayde's.

After the nightclubs shut, why not head to one of the city's luxury hotels for a great sleep? there are some fabulous hotels in the city, which include the leeds hilton, so you will be spoiled for choice. best of all, if you pick a hotel with bed and breakfast - you will be able to eat away your hangover, too.

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

Even though this is the end of our tourism guide to Leeds, we've not managed to cram in all of the exciting attractions that this city has to offer. To find out more information about Leeds and the nearby areas, simply get in touch with your local tourism information centre.
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