At Kingfisher Windows, we have completed many installations in Leeds. As such, we’ve come to know the city well and become very fond of its mixture of history and modernity. Because so many of our customers live in Leeds, we’ve decided to compile a list of the 7 best things (in our opinion) to do and see in Leeds.
1. Royal Armouries Museum
If you want a slice of British history, this is the place for you. Learn everything there is to know about weaponry and warfare from the medieval times through to the 20th century. With displays dedicated to war, hunting, oriental, and self-defence, the museum is as eclectic as it is extensive. Like all UK National Museums, it’s completely free to enter.
2. Roundhay Park
The largest park in Leeds, Roundhay Park is actually one of the biggest parks in Europe. Covering more than 700 acres, it is home to parkland, woods, gardens, and lakes, and is a haven for wildlife. Situated in Roundhay Park is the famous Tropical World. The butterflies and aquariums share the space with the largest collection of tropical plants in the UK outside Kew Gardens.
3. Temple Newsham
Just to the east of Leeds city centre is Temple Newsham. This Tudor-Jacobean house offers impressive views over its landscaped grounds. The house is open to the public and displays a wealth of art and artefacts from various periods of its history. The grounds provide sports facilities and a pleasant children’s play area.
4. Kirkstall Abbey
Immortalised in several paintings by J.M.W. Turner, the ruins of this Cistercian monastery are still an impressive sight today. Set in a public park to the north west of Leeds city centre, it has recently undergone extension renovation and is completely free to enter.
5. Trinity Leeds
When you want to shop till you drop, Trinity is the place to be. With over a hundred different shops and a variety of cafes and restaurants, you can easily spend a day exploring the city centre complex.
6. Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Covering over 127 miles, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal was built in the 18th century to help trade between the growing towns of Leeds, Wakefield, and Bradford, and the international port of Liverpool. In the 21st century, massive regeneration was completed and it is now a popular route for walkers and cyclists.
7. Leeds Corn Exchange
Perhaps the most architecturally unique landmark in Leeds, the Leeds Corn exchange demonstrates the Victorian’s passion for style and originality. A Grade I listed building, the Corn exchange is now home to a boutique shopping area for independent retailers and often hosts events in the worlds of fashion and music.