Visit the Intriguing Attractions in Leeds, West Yorkshire

By: Ms Leisha Greenfield
Although often overlooked in favour of Manchester, Leeds is a busy Northern city. it's got a population of almost 450,000 & attracts many business visitors, too.

Thanks to its many attractions, Leeds is also a popular tourist place.

Many industries have added to Leeds' wealth, but the city is especially renowned for its clothes trade. There are a number of renowned names associated with the city, including Thomas Chippendale who began creating his renowned furniture there, and Michael Marks - of marks & spencers - who opened his initially Penny Bazaar there in 1884.

In addition to this, it is also home to the historical Kirkgate Market. The market is Europe’s 2nd biggest indoor market after Leicester and is open six days every week. There are more than four hundred stalls inside the market and a further two hundred outside. It attracts over 100 thousand visitors every week.

Kirkgate Market first started in 1822 as an open air market and the initially inside bits were constructed between 1850 and 1875. Unfortunately, much of the structure, except the Vicar Lane frontage, was ruined in a 1975 fire. despite this, the Market was refurbished in the early 1990s and after this, Kirkgate Market was upgraded from a Grade II to a Grade I listed building.

Leeds boasts a great shopping centre, which boasts a shop that are suitable for any budget. in fact, you'll find high-end shops in the city's Victoria Quarter, which include branches of harvey nicholls, Flannels & other designer shops.

In the merrion centre, you'll find less expensive high street shops such as la senza, top shop & claire's accesories.

If you are not keen on shopping, you'll be pleased to know that Leeds has many more places of interest. These include the really astonishing armley mills industrial museum and the henry moore institute, which caters to the cultured visitor. alternatively, you could visit one of the city's superb parks or even the breathtaking nelson mandela gardens, which are placed in the heart of the city.

These good-looking gardens were built to celebrate the millennium at a cost of ?12 million & were funded by leeds city council & the Millennium Commission. The gardens won a medal at the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show, although they were damaged this year due to a huge water fight that was organised on the social networking site, Facebook.

Leeds has some fantastic nightlife, which begs to be tried out. Whether you would rather have a cosy drink in one of the city's rustic inns or a glass of rose wine at one of Leeds' vip bars, you will have a fantastic night here.

Post-drink, why don't you hit the night clubs? Leeds has some fantastic night clubs that cater to any genre of music, so you will be spoiled for choice.

Leeds also has plenty of venues to watch live music, which include the Cockpit. These venues cater mainly to rock music & attracting touring & local bands.

Thanks for perusing our leeds tourist guide! Whether you would like to go on a huge shop or an interesting day trip, we think you will agree that Leeds is a city with something for everyone.
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