Situated in the English county of Yorkshire in Northern England, the city of Leeds was one of the leading industrial centers of Victorian England. The city is situated on the south bank of the River Aire and was famous for its production of Yorkshire Broadcloths in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. What are broadcloths, you ask? Cheap and high-quality cloths which were produced locally in Leeds at the time.
Modern day Leeds is famous for a wide variety of things to see and do. Here are 3 of the top tourist attractions you can visit whilst in Leeds.
1. The Royal Armories Museum
One of the most interesting tourist attractions in Leeds is the Royal Armories Museum which showcases the British National collection of arms and armour. Set across six collections from different time periods, the museum showcases everything from medieval suits of armour, to swords, firearms, and even cannons. History comes alive at the museum. For example, visitors can visit the Tiltyard where they can see live demonstrations of archery, falconry, or horse mounted jousting. Visitors can even have a go at firing a real crossbow in the museum’s firing range. Entrance to the museum is free and it is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. The Royal Armories museum is located at Leeds dock and is a short distance from Leeds city center.
2. Kirkstall Abbey
Dating back to 1152, Kirkstall Abbey is a Medieval Cistercian abbey set on the northern bank of the river Aire in the north-west of Leeds City. The abbey fell into disrepair during the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of King Henry VIII; however, the ruins remain one of Leeds biggest tourist attractions. In recent years the abbey has undergone a £5.5 million refurbishment including the establishment of interactive exhibits, a museum and a visitor’s center. Entrance to the abbey is free of charge, although visitors are encouraged to make a donation towards the upkeep of the abbey.
3. Harewood House
A country house in Harewood, a small town near Leeds City, it was designed by world famous architects John Carr and Robert Adam and dates back to 1771 when it was originally owned by the wealthy plantation owner the 1st Baron Harewood. The house is set in stunning 100-acre gardens and visitors can also take in its collection of contemporary art, and its famous Bird Gardens. Adult tickets are currently £16.50 each and children’s tickets are £8.50. Family tickets are also available.
Getting around Leeds on public transport can be a little tricky if you’re not familiar with transit in the UK. One of the easiest, ways of getting around is with a professional local taxi service, such as Street Cars Taxi. Their experienced drivers are familiar with all of Leed’s tourist attractions and can help you make the most of your time in one of England’s great cities. You can check out their services on their website here.
This post is sponsored by Street Cars Taxis.