Top Leeds landmarks

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Top Leeds landmarks


Just like other well-known cities in the United Kingdom, a lot of the things to do in Leeds are related to the city's rich and expansive history. This is a wonderful place to visit, and if you love culture and history, you will especially enjoy the variety of attractions offered in Leeds. Here are 11 Leeds points of interest and why each of them are special to visitors and locals alike.

Royal Armouries

Armouries Dr

Arguably one of the most famous Leeds attractions, the Royal Armouries Museum boasts of over 8,500 weapons and armor spanning over a course of 3,000 years. Popular displays include Henry VIII's full body armour, a Burmese bronze, dragon-shaped cannon, and a collection of weapons from "The Lord of the Rings" movies.

Headrow and Briggate


Headrow and Briggate isn't just one specific landmark but rather a stretch of pedestrian-friendly roadway containing multiple locations. On the Headrow side, you will find a dynamic variety of shopping and cultural attractions. The Briggate side is more home to the city's historic arcades, each boasting a unique architectural structure. Be certain to bring your camera along.

Leeds Corn Exchange

Call Ln

This Victorian-era building was completed in 1864 and is one of the three surviving structures of this style in the U.K. Nowadays, Leeds Corn Exchange is a centre for trade, where you'll be sure to find shops for vintage clothing, cafes and a tattoo parlour. This is one stop you definitely don't want to skip by while scouting for what to do in Leeds, England.

Harewood House

Sandy Gate, Harewood

The Harewood House is an 18th century building that took 30 years to complete. These days, this architectural treasure is home to a large collection of art and also includes an adventure playground, farm and bird garden. Spread over 100 acres of land, the expansive landscape that surrounds the home is just as beautiful as the building itself.

Kirkstall Abbey

Abbey Rd

Built in 1152, the Kirkstall Abbey is a classic example of Cistercian architecture from the early Christian era. You can learn more about the abbey and the monks that once called it home for over 400 years at its interactive visitor centre. Located next to River Aire, the Kirkstall Abbey is the place to go for a relaxing afternoon full of photography opportunities.

Abbey House Museum

Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd

Located just across the street from the Kirkstall Abbey, the Abbey House Museum is a must-see stop on your list of Leeds attractions. The outside may just look like another building, but once you walk inside, you'll find yourself on a traditional Victorian-era cobblestone street. In this unique experience, you can travel down the street and witness pubs and shops for how they once were in past times.

Trinity Leeds

27 Albion St

Trinity Leeds is a massive shopping centre complete with more than 120 stores. Feel free to spend the day shopping in this leading retail destination, then head over to the Trinity Kitchen to find food from all over the world. You can also watch a movie at the cinema or grab a drink at locales such as The Alchemist, which comes with an amazing view.

Leeds-Liverpool Canal

Leeds LS11 5WA

The Leeds-Liverpool Canal was an important resource for trade between Leeds and Liverpool in the 19th century. Spanning 127 miles, the Leeds-Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in northern England. Here along this picturesque canal, you can enjoy a peaceful afternoon full of fishing, walking or riding your bike while taking in the sights of the city surrounding you.

Leeds Industrial Museum

Canal Rd

Located in the Armley Mills building, the Leeds Industrial Museum takes visitors into the history of Leeds' industrial conquests. Armley Mills was once the world's largest wool mill, which helped build Leeds into what it is today. In today's age, you can see for yourself the very same textiles machinery that was used in the mill, along with other industrial machinery such as printing presses, steam locomotives and also several classic films that played in the 1920s cinemas.

Temple Newsam House

Temple Newsam Rd

This 40-room Tudor-Jacobean mansion is the birthplace of Lord Darnley, the famous husband of Mary Queen of Scots. The Temple Newsam House has been restored for your convenience, allowing you and other visitors to explore the house and all of its splendors. With a collection that contains objects such as Old Master paintings and Leeds creamware, this landmark gives you the true experience of walking through history. Enjoy a walk around the surrounding 900 acres with its manicured grounds and rosebushes. The whole experience makes for a pleasurable and relaxing time by yourself or with family.

Elland Road

Elland Rd

Last but not least on this list of things to do in Leeds, England is Elland Road, the Leeds United F.C. Stadium. If you find yourself in the city when a match is going on, buy yourself some tickets and come watch Leeds F.C. take on the competing teams to see who will come out victorious. If there's not a game happening but you want to see the stadium, they do offer tours so you can witness this location in a way you wouldn't be able to even at a football game.

Just because a city is old doesn't mean it can't have plenty of modern day entertainment and activities for everyone to love. Leeds is an exciting city to visit, and it has plenty of things to keep you occupied from the moment you arrive until the time you have to leave. Be sure to check out all of the museums to learn about all of the city's deep history, but you should also make time to enjoy the numerous shopping opportunities that this city boasts.