Lovely Leeds: Tourist Information for the City of Leeds

by : Gillie Noviacks

With some great modern architecture & snazzy shops, Leeds has genuinely transformed itself in recent years. Despite this, there are still many buildings that evoke the city's Victorian splendour, too. One of the most well-known Victorian buildings is Leeds town hall, which was designed 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 thought to be one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in the UK. It has historical architecture, as well as gorgeous gardens that are teeming with wildlife & greenery.

Work on Kirkstall Abbey started in 1152 & it took more than seventy five years to complete. The historical ruins have been immortalised by a range of artists over the years, including J Turner. The abbey is now a Grade 1 listed building.

From the high fashion found in the Victoria Quarter to the brilliant designer stores of The Light and the independent boutiques of the arcades, Leeds gives visitors many superb shopping opportunities. Whether you're looking for a new outfit or even an amazing birthday present, you're sure to find it in this lively city.

If you do not like shopping, you'll be happy to know that Leeds has plenty of other places of interest. These include the truly insightful Leeds City Museum and the Henry Moore Institute, which caters to the artistic tourist. On the other hand, you could visit one of the city's fabulous parks or even the stunning Mandela gardens, which are located in the heart of the city.

These good looking gardens were constructed to mark the year 2000 at a cost of ?12 million and were funded by Leeds city council and the Millennium Commission. The gardens were awarded a medal at the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show, although they were damaged earlier this year because of a big water fight that was organised on the social-networking site, Facebook.

In addition to exciting shopping & culture, Leeds also boasts wonderful night life. From VIP wine bars & quaint pubs to gay bars & unforgettable nightclubs, the city truly has something for all of us.

If you would prefer to have an early night, you'll be happy to know that the city also has some exciting luxury hotels, including a Hilton. These hotels offer a real treat, so you can’t fail to get an exciting sleep & a fabulous breakfast.

Whether you're going by car or public transport, you'll find getting to Leeds is easy. It is well served by Leeds Railway Station, also called Leeds City, as well as offering frequent bus & coach services.

This is the end of our tourism guide to Leeds, but you can find out more information about Leeds & the nearby areas by contacting your local tourism information centre.